Dermot Bolger

Dermot Bolger

Reflections on a life about to start and another at its end

Reflections on a life about to start and another at its end

The Mirror. By Richard Skinner. Faber & Faber, €18.90. Reviewed by Dermot Bolger.

Boru's millennium is marked by a magisterial study of his defining hour

Boru's millennium is marked by a magisterial study of his defining hour

Brian Boru and the Battle of Clontarf. By Sean Duffy. Gill & Macmillan, €25. Reviewed by Dermot Bolger.

Contentious memoirs of a 1916 rebel commander

Contentious memoirs of a 1916 rebel commander

Dublin Burning: The Easter Rising From Behind The Barricades by WJ Brennan-Whitmore. Gill & Macmillan, €20. Reviewed by Dermot Bolger.

Harrowing journey into grief pays off for reader

Harrowing journey into grief pays off for reader

Enon by Paul Harding. Heinemann, €15.10. Reviewed by Dermot Bolger.

The last days of peace

The last days of peace

1913: The Year Before the Storm by Florian Illies. Clerkenwell Press, €18.90. Reviewed by Dermot Bolger.

Atmosphere and insight in tale of astronauts' wives

Atmosphere and insight in tale of astronauts' wives

The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story by Lily Koppel. Headline, €18.90. Reviewed by Dermot Bolger.

Artistic Licence: Published with pride

Artistic Licence: Published with pride

The precarious nature of a poet's life makes small cheques always welcome, writes Dermot Bolger.

Rediscovering humanity in a devastated world

Rediscovering humanity in a devastated world

The Aftermath by Rhidian Brook. Viking, €18.90. Reviewed by Dermot Bolger.

Shining a light on world stars

Shining a light on world stars

Intimacy with Strangers: A Life of Brief Encounters by Ciaran Carty. Lilliput Press, €17. Reviewed by Dermot Bolger.

Fascinating insights into the Dublin of 1913

Fascinating insights into the Dublin of 1913

A Capital in Conflict: Dublin City and The 1913 Lockout. Edited by Francis Devine Dublin City Council, €25.15.

How GAA played foul against a president

How GAA played foul against a president

The GAA v Douglas Hyde by Cormac Moore. Collins Press, €15. Reviewed by Dermot Bolger.

Worthy attempt to patch up differences which divide us

Worthy attempt to patch up differences which divide us

The Undivided Past by David Cannadine. Allen Lane, €25.20. Reviewed by Dermot Bolger.

The tangled strands of Irish identity are unwound

The tangled strands of Irish identity are unwound

The Origins of the Irish by JP Mallory. Thames & Hudson, €25.15. Reviewed by Dermot Bolger.

A terrifying account of the survivors in striped pyjamas

A terrifying account of the survivors in striped pyjamas

Survivor: Auschwitz, The Death March and My Fight for Freedom by Sam Pivnik. Hodder & Stoughton, €17.60. Reviewed by Dermot Bolger.

Ambassador adrift in Emerald Isle

Ambassador adrift in Emerald Isle

A Yankee in de Valera's Ireland: The Memoir of David Gray by David Gray, edited by Paul Bew. Royal Irish Academy, €25.20. Reviewed by Dermot Bolger.