Joanne Hayden

Joanne Hayden

Badly-dressed toffs abound for Betjeman

Badly-dressed toffs abound for Betjeman

Britain - or is it just the BBC? - can’t get enough of John Betjeman.

Extremism in the mind of a child

Extremism in the mind of a child

Terrorist, by John Updike, Hamish Hamilton, €23.

Extremism in the mind of a child

Extremism in the mind of a child

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Superb detective yarn has layered dynamic

Superb detective yarn has layered dynamic

SO HE TAKES THE DOG. By Jonathan Buckley. Fourth Estate, €16.50

No love lost on desperation island

No love lost on desperation island

‘I tend to be a very spiritual person,” said Playboy playmate and DJ, Colleen Shannon, in the first episode of the new series of Love Island (UTV). ‘‘But when it comes to men, I do go straight for the looks.”

Modern torchbearer

Modern torchbearer

Many writers guard their works-in-progress, paranoid about intellectual theft, afraid that premature exposure might result in an imaginative drought.

Tale of adoption that went horribly wrong

Tale of adoption that went horribly wrong

A Forever Family, by John Houghton, Faber, €21.90.

Tale of adoption that went horribly wrong

Tale of adoption that went horribly wrong

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The classical approach

The classical approach

One of Gregory Harrington’s earliest memories is of a string quartet.

Straining to give voice to adolescence

Straining to give voice to adolescence

Black Swan Green, by David Mitchell, Sceptre, €15.

Straining to give voice to adolescence

Straining to give voice to adolescence

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So you want to bake bread

So you want to bake bread

A hands-on series of masterclasses in how to turn flour, yeast, salt and water into loaves, plaits, and party brots fit to grace the shelves of any artisan bakery. What it is:

Tokyo mystery falls short

Tokyo mystery falls short

In Search Of A Distant Voice, by Taichi Yamada, Faber & Faber, €14.60.

Tokyo mystery falls short

Tokyo mystery falls short

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A Freudian portrait of mental anguish

A Freudian portrait of mental anguish

Carry Me Down, by MJ Hyland, Cannongate, €14.60.