Joanne Hayden

Joanne Hayden

Return to Angelus for unsettling tales

Return to Angelus for unsettling tales

In his own words, Tim Winton is from the “wrong side of the wrong country" - an accident of birth for which readers everywhere should be grateful.

So you want to...learn wine-tasting

So you want to...learn wine-tasting

Seven two-and-a-half-hour classes resulting (unless you flunk) in an intermediate certificate issued by the Wine & Spirit Education Trust. What it is:

Overworked novel leaves the reader in the dark

Overworked novel leaves the reader in the dark

Francois Bizot, a French scholar and former Khmer Rouge prisoner, wrote his memoir, The Gate, out of a "bitterness" that knew “no limits". The Optimists, by Andrew Miller, Sceptre, €15.80.

Ishiguro's bleak house

Ishiguro's bleak house

Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro, Faber & Faber, €14.

Complexity and contradiction the means to a brilliant end

Complexity and contradiction the means to a brilliant end

The Secret Goldfish, by David Means, Fourth Estate, €21.60.

A dark tale of chronic alcoholism

A dark tale of chronic alcoholism

AL Kennedy's novel Paradise (Jonathan Cape) touches on a depressing bleakness.

O come, all ye faithful

O come, all ye faithful

I can still smell the incense on my clothes, but the Divine Liturgy is fast fading from memory, the African drumbeats and loud exaltations dulling my recall of Romanian voices, of icons being kissed and babies blessed.

Refreshing daring from young writer

Refreshing daring from young writer

The basis of The Mysteries is a little like that of Twin Peaks. A young woman, Alice Pederson, disappears in suspicious circumstances.