Joanne Hayden

Joanne Hayden

Ondaatje takes readers on a fantastic voyage

Ondaatje takes readers on a fantastic voyage

The Cat’s Table By Michael Ondaatje, Jonathan Cape, €14

We aim to tease

We aim to tease

The burlesque revival continues apace in Ireland, drawing devotees from a wide range of backgrounds who want to shake things up

Artistic License

Artistic License

Room for improvement

Exploring complex lives in a Donegal Dreamtime

Exploring complex lives in a Donegal Dreamtime

As a poet and novelist, Dermot Healy breathes life into words. It has been 11 years since Sudden Times, his widely ac claimed last novel, was published. In the meantime, he has written plays and two collections of poetry, The Reed Bed (2001), and A F

Seduced by the sea

Seduced by the sea

Dermot Healy finds that the sea and the seasonal migrations of a flock of geese have a powerful influence on his poetry

THEATRE

THEATRE

Split personalities come together well

THEATRE

THEATRE

Split personalities come together well

Grief and tragedy are at heart of fine debut

Grief and tragedy are at heart of fine debut

Rather than a central character, Matthew Hooton’s debut novel revolves around its setting, a fictional road on Vancouver Island, ‘‘far enough from coastline and so deep in wilderness that it feels like it inhabits its own continent’’.

Artistic licence

Artistic licence

Fighting for their writes

Raucous stars sparkle with wit and humour

Raucous stars sparkle with wit and humour

Alan Warner first unleashed the cast of The Stars in the Bright Sky in The Sopranos, his 1998 novel unrelated to the TV series of the same name.

Searing prose conveys reality of life under Franco

Searing prose conveys reality of life under Franco

‘Where they burn books, they will eventually burn people,” German poet Heinrich Heine wrote in 1821.

Tale of master and servant is simply of a higher class

Tale of master and servant is simply of a higher class

It takes more than 100 pages for the odd couple in Peter Carey’s new novel to sail for America, and it’s only when they leave that the story truly begins. Parrot and Olivier are radically different, equally engaging characters but, having introduced

Dauntless epic tells the tale of a charming Cromwell

Dauntless epic tells the tale of a charming Cromwell

In her extraordinary tenth novel, Hilary Mantel defamiliarises an extremely well documented period of Henry VIII’s fearsome, paranoia-filled reign and, in many ways, recasts Tudor history.

Beautifully written novel is stuck in the past

Beautifully written novel is stuck in the past

Set in Kentucky during the 1980s, CE Morgan’s debut novel calls to mind a wealth of great literature, from the Old Testament to Flannery O’Connor to Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre.

Coming-of-age story defies its shortcomings

Coming-of-age story defies its shortcomings

‘This is the story of Elizabeth Day,” says the narrator of The Anatomy of Wings early in the novel. ‘‘I have made it from things I saw and things I did not see but later knew. It is made from the tatters of terrible things and the remnants o f wonder