Catherine Healy

Catherine Healy

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

Spot-on about inequality, if a bit short on answers

Spot-on about inequality, if a bit short on answers

While British Liberal Democrat MP Jo Swinson’s book provides clear-eyed analysis of the challenges facing women, its proposed remedies can seem trite

A weighty subject

A weighty subject

Child obesity is on an inexorable upward trend, exacerbated by issues of social class and income. But what can be done to counteract it? Catherine Healy speaks to medical experts who are trying to find the answer

A screen test for parents

A screen test for parents

Almost a quarter of seven-year-olds and eight-year-olds whose mothers had not educationally progressed beyond the Junior Certificate were looking at screens for more than three hours on any weekday

Hanna Sheehy Skeffington: A woman whose philosophy stood the test of time

Hanna Sheehy Skeffington: A woman whose philosophy stood the test of time

A particularly vivid in charting the struggle for suffrage

Looking for the hidden female voices

Looking for the hidden female voices

A vocal proponent of female visibility in theatre, Oonagh Murphy’s latest directorial work, Tribes, at the Gate Theatre speaks to her passions for activism and drama

Unravelling the world’s anti-social networks

Unravelling the world’s anti-social networks

Non-Fiction: The Square and the Tower: Networks, Hierarchies and the Struggle for Global Power, By Niall Ferguson , Allen Lane, €30

On the market

On the market

Catherine Healy rounds up the best homes currently on offer