John Walshe

John Walshe

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 ...

Album reviews

Album reviews

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

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