John Walshe

John Walshe

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.

Compelling tale of a family at the mercy of official Ireland

Compelling tale of a family at the mercy of official Ireland

FICTION: The Cruelty Men, By Emer Martin , Lilliput, €17.25 Brown-shirted and black-hearted, th...

Futuristic fable is a fine idea badly done

Futuristic fable is a fine idea badly done

The Biggerers is a fine idea, poorly executed. For the disorientating first 72 pages, it’s hard to figure out exactly what’s going on

Coming-of-age tale has a dash of 1980s nostalgia

Coming-of-age tale has a dash of 1980s nostalgia

FICTION: The Night of the Party, By Rachael English Hachette Books Ireland, €17.50 When she’s...

What a carve-up: A professor of anatomy shares her grisly yarns

What a carve-up: A professor of anatomy shares her grisly yarns

Forensic anthropologist and anatomy professor Sue Black is a surprisingly chipper soul, as she displays in her new memoir

New York story mixes bleakness with verve

New York story mixes bleakness with verve

There are more killer one-liners in Jade Sharma's Problems than in most comedy festivals, including a note-perfect dissection of the legions of struggling artists in New York

Nesbo’s Macbeth is a relentless mire of murder

Nesbo’s Macbeth is a relentless mire of murder

Taking place in a fictional unnamed 'town without sun' around the year 1970, Nesbo’s setting is grimmer than a month of Sundays in the Siberian midlands