John Walshe

John Walshe

Lively debut captures teenage kicks during the Troubles

Lively debut captures teenage kicks during the Troubles

The story is a decent one, bubbling with the aura of authenticity, but the characterisation lets Quigley’s novel down somewhat

Coe comes up trumps again as he explores Brexit’s heart of darkness

Coe comes up trumps again as he explores Brexit’s heart of darkness

Fiction: Middle England, By Jonathan Coe , Viking, €16.45 Jonathan Coe’s searingly brilliant ...

Wry, wonderful and downright weird

Wry, wonderful and downright weird

Rob Doyle casts his net far and wide in his anthology of experimental Irish literature – no writer is too out there, no writing too difficult to include

Psychoanalysis through the prism of comedy

Psychoanalysis through the prism of comedy

Robin Ince is not your average comedian. He has co-presented the BBC Radio 4 science/comedy series, The Infinite Monkey Cage, since 2009, and is the co-creator of a hugely popular science app and online magazine

Sprawling family epic is several long bridges too far

Sprawling family epic is several long bridges too far

Bridge of Clay tells the sometimes involving, but often over-written and wearying, tale of the Dunbar boys, five brothers who fight, drink and survive in a house without adults

A luminous portrayal of a free spirit who enriches every life she touches

A luminous portrayal of a free spirit who enriches every life she touches

FICTION: An Ark Of Light, By Dermot Bolger, New Island Books, €14.95 A battered old caravan in ...

French adventures of a Scottish piano tuner with a Russian twist

French adventures of a Scottish piano tuner with a Russian twist

William Boyd’s 15th novel manages to cram snapshots of Belle Epoque Paris, pre-revolutionary Russia and late-19th century Scotland into its heady embrace

Lodato’s study of love and marriage lacks the necessary bite to make a mark

Lodato’s study of love and marriage lacks the necessary bite to make a mark

Fiction: The Necessary Marriage, By Elisa Lodato , Orion, €19.55 Elisa Lodato’s first book, 2...

Fun whodunnit that follows in the footsteps of Agatha Christie

Fun whodunnit that follows in the footsteps of Agatha Christie

The third novel by bestselling thriller writer Shari Lapena, An Unwanted Guest takes a classic Agatha Christie premise, a group of strangers in a hotel with a murderer in their midst, and shifts the action from Devon to New York state

Short stories a posthumous treat for Dunmore’s many fans

Short stories a posthumous treat for Dunmore’s many fans

Short stories: Girl, Balancing & Other Stories, By Helen Dunmore, Hutchinson London, €16.10...

Dad Rock

Dad Rock

Gavin Glass is about to release the most upbeat album of his career, buoyed by the birth of his daughter, writes John Walshe

Escaping life’s harsh realities through the creative process

Escaping life’s harsh realities through the creative process

Fiction: All the Lives We Never Lived, By Anuradha Roy , MacLehose Press, €21 It is 1992 and re...

Album Reviews

Album Reviews

POP Christina Aguilera: Liberation (RCA) Who’d be a stressed-out pop star? It seems that no ma...

Inventive sci-fi thriller that answers the big questions

Inventive sci-fi thriller that answers the big questions

Fiction Connect By Julian Gough Picador, €17.95   The fourth novel from Nenagh-born, Berl...

A familiar father figure

A familiar father figure

Becoming ‘the most quoted Irish dad in history’ is a big job for Simon Delaney, but he feels at home playing Jimmy Rabbitte sr at the Gate’s new production of The Snapper.