Catherine Healy

Catherine Healy

A debut novel that indulges its inner child

A debut novel that indulges its inner child

FICTION: M Is For Mammy; By Eleanor O’Reilly; Two Roads, €14.95 Eleanor O’Reilly’s debut ...

Ferriter’s timely analysis puts border issues in perspective

Ferriter’s timely analysis puts border issues in perspective

The familiar story of modern Anglo-Irish relations is set against a rich backdrop of social perspectives, with quotes from authors, campaigners and victims of the Troubles making sure the human dimension is never lost

Vested interests

Vested interests

Ireland’s yellow vest movement has failed to draw the crowds or have the impact of France’s gilets jaunes. But as populism grows across Europe, this new wave of protesters should not be dismissed, writes Catherine Healy

A positivity manual to extract maximum joy from your life

A positivity manual to extract maximum joy from your life

The more philosophically minded might question the worthiness of achieving joy as an end in itself, but Fetell Lee makes a convincing case for the proposition, contending that small adjustments to our surroundings can be socially useful as well as self-enriching

Personal essays amount to more than mere musings of a comic millennial

Personal essays amount to more than mere musings of a comic millennial

Like many other female writers of her generation, Abbi Jacobson is well capable of recognising the narcissistic feel to her contemplations. She is viciously self-aware, almost to the point of cruelty

A mawkish story is rescued by its own authenticity

A mawkish story is rescued by its own authenticity

Paris Echo is Sebastian Faulks’s third France-set novel, but he avoids an entirely romantic gaze of Parisian life, thanks in large part to this Moroccan narrator

This study of political emotion hits a nerve

This study of political emotion hits a nerve

How compassion could be key to solving the West’s ills

How compassion could be key to solving the West’s ills

Politics: The Monarchy of Fear: A Philosopher Looks at Our Political Crisis, By Martha C Nussbaum...

Palahniuk’s fable of fervid masculinity fails to fully convince

Palahniuk’s fable of fervid masculinity fails to fully convince

Genre might allow the plot’s total implausibility to be forgiven, but there are a good many other elements of the story that fail to inspire

How nuclear obsessions changed all of our futures

How nuclear obsessions changed all of our futures

HISTORY: Fallout: A Journey Through the Nuclear Age, from the Atom Bomb to Radioactive Waste, By ...

A compelling exploration of race in modern America

A compelling exploration of race in modern America

A deeply compelling collection

Why equality holds the key to a better life for all of us

Why equality holds the key to a better life for all of us

Rather than dole out inspirational quotes or advice on breathing exercises, Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett instead explain the impact of inequality on an individual level: on the way we feel, think and act

Albright points to the danger of despots in personal recollections

Albright points to the danger of despots in personal recollections

The veteran Democrat draws on her personal history along with insights from her own career in a new book, Fascism: A Warning, which considers the prospect of a global turn to ultra-nationalist authoritarianism

Books: One woman’s life in a land of chaos

Books: One woman’s life in a land of chaos

Guardian journalist Aida Edemariam pieces together the life of her paternal grandmother in this richly imagined debut, which draws on oral testimonies, field trips and deep historical reading

This is 18: Are the kids alright?

This is 18: Are the kids alright?

Just a few short years from now, Generation Z - those individuals born from 1995 onwards - will be moulding the future of every big sector from technology to politics. Catherine Healy spoke to 18-year-olds living in Ireland