John Walshe

John Walshe

Ferocious, brave and vital novel from an author at the top of her game

Ferocious, brave and vital novel from an author at the top of her game

Edna O’Brien’s fiery reach now stretches to other parts of the world where women are still second-class citizens, often little more than chattel for fathers and husbands to do with as they please

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POP Taylor Swift: Lover (Republic) First, the bad news: Taylor Swift’s seventh album is overlo...

Lynch returns with haunting South American rural reverie

Lynch returns with haunting South American rural reverie

There are echoes of Gabriel García Márquez, not just in the setting, but also in the manner in which Lynch manages to slowly and teasingly reveal some of the harsh realities of living in a narco-controlled area

They’re killing it: The Murder Capital

They’re killing it: The Murder Capital

Sounding mature beyond their years, recently formed Irish band The Murder Capital are digging deep with their debut album

True Blue detective escapade makes for a lot of guilty fun

True Blue detective escapade makes for a lot of guilty fun

Thriller: Hush Hush, By James Patterson and Candice Fox, Century, €17.50 Harriet Blue is in tro...

Looking back at the brutal end to the deadliest conflict

Looking back at the brutal end to the deadliest conflict

Nuremberg-born writer and documentary-maker Florian Huber uncovers the stories of the farmers, shopkeepers, students, journalists, home-makers, children and retirees who were far from either front in the final days of the war

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SINGER/SONGWRITER Mick Flannery: Mick Flannery (Warner Music Ireland) While not exactly a concep...

Sound and fury: Josh Ritter on 'darker days' in the US

Sound and fury: Josh Ritter on 'darker days' in the US

Famously good-natured US songwriter Josh Ritter’s new album Fever Breaks looks at Trump’s America with brutal directness – and his uncharacteristic anger makes for a very powerful listen

A luminous tale of a life flashing past at speed

A luminous tale of a life flashing past at speed

FICTION: 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World, By Elif Shafak (Viking) €21 Not long bef...

Eloquent novel is easy to admire but hard to love

Eloquent novel is easy to admire but hard to love

Dublin Palms sees Hugo Hamilton delving into his own past to tell the tale of a nameless narrator and his wife who move back to our capital from Berlin in the 1980s

A singular man accepts his unjust fate in a graceful memoir

A singular man accepts his unjust fate in a graceful memoir

Memoir: Live While You Can; By Fr Tony Coote; Hachette Books Ireland, €17.50 Father Tony Coote ...

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SINGER-SONGWRITER Mac DeMarco: Here Comes the Cowboy (Mac’s Record Label) Canadian singer-song...

Porter reaches into the shadows with successful second novel

Porter reaches into the shadows with successful second novel

Lanny is a strange and beguiling book that’s short enough to be read in a single sitting, yet sneaks into the reader’s sub-consciousness so you will find yourself thinking about it days and weeks after you’ve closed the cover

Dwyer Hickey’s well-drawn portraits bring life to a summer in Cape Cod

Dwyer Hickey’s well-drawn portraits bring life to a summer in Cape Cod

Fiction: The Narrow Land, By Christine Dwyer Hickey, Atlantic Books, €15.99 It’s summer 1950,...

A vital collection of essays soaked in pain and experience

A vital collection of essays soaked in pain and experience

In tandem with Sinéad Gleeson’s personal story, the author tells a wider historical tale of Irish women from the 1960s right up to 2018’s repeal of the Eighth Amendment