John Walshe

John Walshe

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COUNTRY Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy I Made A Place (Domino) Despite the fact that he has remained ...

Book review: Olive, Again, by Elizabeth Strout

Book review: Olive, Again, by Elizabeth Strout

A contrary character who continues to charm her enthusiastic readers

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Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Ghosteen, The Blizzards: The Last Great Algorithm and Kitt Philippa: Human

Book review: The cockroach by Ian McEwan

Book review: The cockroach by Ian McEwan

Brexit satire is a roar of raucous discontent

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Kim Gordon, Big Thief and Keane are in the spotlight

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Rock Girl Band, The Talkies (Rough Trade) Dublin quartet Girl Band’s confrontational, unstruct...

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...