Dermot Bolger

Dermot Bolger

A singular Irish voice translates Dublin lives

A singular Irish voice translates Dublin lives

Poetry: Poems 1980-2015, By Michael O’Loughlin, New Island, €16.10

A tiny window onto a vista of living hell

A tiny window onto a vista of living hell

A short but powerful diary detailing the nightmare of what it is like to live in the Syrian town of Raqqa under Isis

Darkness echoes through Baume’s silent art project

Darkness echoes through Baume’s silent art project

Fiction: A Line Made By Walking, By Sara Baume, Tramp Press, €15

Poetry collection touches on the most personal

Poetry collection touches on the most personal

This contains an eclectically democratic mix of familiar and unfamiliar voices

Maeve Brennan: The darling of the Big Apple rises yet again

Maeve Brennan: The darling of the Big Apple rises yet again

Few Irish writers have led as tragic a life as Brennan, born in Dublin 100 years ago this year

The personal side of our ascent to full independence

The personal side of our ascent to full independence

Proclaiming a Republic is perhaps the most visually arresting volume of them all

The politics that underpinned a pivotal presidency

The politics that underpinned a pivotal presidency

History: Forgotten Patriot: Douglas Hyde and the Foundation of the Irish Presidency, By Brian Murphy, Collins Press, €19.95

The city where Portugal was born

The city where Portugal was born

Dermot Bolger visited Guimarães and found it to be a wonderfully relaxing haven of old Iberian tranquillity

Fascinating account of the secret ‘war behind the war’

Fascinating account of the secret ‘war behind the war’

History: The Secret War: Spies, Codes and Guerrillas 1939-1945. By Max Hastings. William Collins, €11.50.

A ‘forgotten’ Irish poet delivers poems of true poise

A ‘forgotten’ Irish poet delivers poems of true poise

Poetry: What Just Happened

Book review: Bitter Freedom - Ireland in a Revolutionary World

Book review: Bitter Freedom - Ireland in a Revolutionary World

Non-fiction: Bitter Freedom – Ireland in a Revolutionary World 1918-1923. By Maurice Walsh. Faber & Faber, €23. Reviewed by Dermot Bolger.

EXTRACT: A moment of implosion

EXTRACT: A moment of implosion

Irish writer Dermot Bolger’s new novel Tanglewood exhumes the moment when the Celtic Tiger quietly began to implode. On the surface, it’s the story of two Dublin couples who embark on a building project that impinges on both their homes, but the true

Memories of hilarity and heartbreak in old Rhodesia

Memories of hilarity and heartbreak in old Rhodesia

Leaving Before The Rains Come. By Alexandra Fuller. Harvill Secker, €17.

From Hitler’s favourite car to  the Holocaust: interpreting the Third Reich

From Hitler’s favourite car to the Holocaust: interpreting the Third Reich

The Third Reich in History and Memory By Richard J Evans Little, Brown, €31.50

Artistic prodigy Tempest continues to hold her own

Artistic prodigy Tempest continues to hold her own

Hold Your Own