John Walshe

John Walshe

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

Footballing memoir scores on authenticity

Footballing memoir scores on authenticity

Sometimes the stories of those who strive for greatness and fall short can be just as compelling. Paul Ferris’s The Boy on the Shed is one of those stories

Fun to be had in pop producer’s futuristic caper

Fun to be had in pop producer’s futuristic caper

Science Fiction: Wizards and Robots, By Will.i.am and Brian David Johnson, Penguin, €16

Why it’s time to call off the helicopters

Why it’s time to call off the helicopters

NON-FICTION: Achtung Baby: The German Art of Raising Self-Reliant Children, By Sara Zaske, Piatkus/Little Brown €19.85

A daring and disquieting collection from Elske Rahill

A daring and disquieting collection from Elske Rahill

A collection of scalpel-sharp stories from Dublin-born Rahill

A King Lear for a modern age

A King Lear for a modern age

Fiction: Dunbar by Edward St Aubyn Hogarth Shakespeare, €17

Funnyman Fry gives a contemporary voice to the oldest heroes

Funnyman Fry gives a contemporary voice to the oldest heroes

Fry's debut novel The Liar remains one of the funniest coming-of-age novels of recent decades

Peter Cunningham's Troubles thriller fails to gather any real pace

Peter Cunningham's Troubles thriller fails to gather any real pace

The action trundles on at a reasonable rate but, ultimately, we struggle to empathise with this Anglo-Irish misfit and his cohorts