Joanne Hayden

Joanne Hayden

Arts Interview: The life of Julia

Arts Interview: The life of Julia

The daughter of two revolutionaries, novelist Julia O'Faolain's new memoir proves she has her own fascinating story to tell, writes Joanne Hayden.

Coming of age story has a heart of darkness

Coming of age story has a heart of darkness

The Fields by Kevin Maher. Little, Brown, €16.35. Reviewed by Joanne Hayden.

Catching a glimpse of Austen's wild side

Catching a glimpse of Austen's wild side

The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things by Paula Byrne. Harper Press, €18.90. Reviewed by Joanne Hayden.

Mantel's Bring Up The Bodies: a review

Mantel's Bring Up The Bodies: a review

Joanne Hayden reviews the Booker Prize-winning novel by Hilary Mantel, Bring Up The Bodies.

A disparate group of intertwining lives

A disparate group of intertwining lives

Inside by Alix Ohlin. Bloomsbury, €16.35. Reviewed by Joanne Hayden.

Finding positives in the negative

Finding positives in the negative

The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking by Oliver Burkeman. Canongate, €18.90. Reviewed by Joanne Hayden.

Master stylist shines again

Master stylist shines again

Ancient Light by John Banville. Viking, €19. Reviewed by Joanne Hayden.

Austen book gets to the heart of the matter

Austen book gets to the heart of the matter

What Matters in Jane Austen? Twenty Crucial Puzzles Solved by John Mullan. Bloomsbury, €18.90. Reviewed by Joanne Hayden.

Harrowing portrait of the artist who survived

Harrowing portrait of the artist who survived

The Jump Artist by Austin Ratner. Penguin Viking, €16.35. Reviewed by Joanne Hayden.

Mantel's triumphant return to Tudor times

Mantel's triumphant return to Tudor times

Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel. Fourth Estate, €16. Reviewed by Joanne Hayden.

Theatre: Profound, indelible and devastating

Theatre: Profound, indelible and devastating

Silent by Pat Kinevane. Peacock Stage, Abbey Theatre, Dublin until June 16. Rating: 4/5. Reviewed by Joanne Hayden.

Theatre: Leonard plays the generation game

Theatre: Leonard plays the generation game

Love in the Title by Hugh Leonard. The New Theatre, Dublin 2, until June 2. Rating: 3/5. Reviewed by Joanne Hayden.

Power behind the whimsy

Power behind the whimsy

Praise in Which I Live and Breathe and Have my Being by Paul Durcan. Harvill Secker, €14. Reviewed by Joanne Hayden.

Theatre: Powerful depiction of social and political dynamics

Theatre: Powerful depiction of social and political dynamics

The House Keeper by Morna Regan. Project Arts Centre, Dublin 2. Until May 12. Rating: 3/5. Reviewed by Joanne Hayden.

Theatre: Comedy of manners fails to capitalise on potential

Theatre: Comedy of manners fails to capitalise on potential

Men Are From Stoneybatter, Women From Phibsboro by Rua O'Donnachu. New Theatre, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, until May 5. Rating: 2/5. Reviewed by Joanne Hayden.