John Walshe

John Walshe

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

Alfie Byrne: Dublin’s colourful champion of the downtrodden

Alfie Byrne: Dublin’s colourful champion of the downtrodden

Trevor White has attempted to ensure that Byrne’s extraordinary life is given fitting tribute

Connolly takes enjoyable literary diversion with Stan Laurel story

Connolly takes enjoyable literary diversion with Stan Laurel story

Fiction: He, By John Connolly, Hodder & Stoughton, €16.99

Casting a clear writerly eye over 17 unnerving brushes with death

Casting a clear writerly eye over 17 unnerving brushes with death

A brave, truthful writer, Maggie O’Farrell is not afraid to confront the darkness that dwells inside her

A beguiling debut mixes sin with redemption in NYC

A beguiling debut mixes sin with redemption in NYC

FICTION: The First Day, By Phil Harrison, Fleet €16.99 Redemption, sin and forgiveness are at t...

Getting to the heart of the Middle Eastern conflict

Getting to the heart of the Middle Eastern conflict

FICTION: Beat, By Rowan Somerville, Lilliput, €16

Sedaris’s scattergun diaries hit their target

Sedaris’s scattergun diaries hit their target

Theft By Finding: Diaries Volume One, By David Sedaris, Little Brown, €20

Elizabeth Strout’s stories triumph in the messy realities of human lives

Elizabeth Strout’s stories triumph in the messy realities of human lives

Strout proves herself an adept chronicler of the everyday miseries that sometimes add up to a life not so badly lived

Banville whips up a heady brew in his favourite city

Banville whips up a heady brew in his favourite city

FICTION: Prague Nights, By Benjamin Black, Viking, €17

Married Quarters triumphs as a love letter to Cavan

Married Quarters triumphs as a love letter to Cavan

Immersing yourself in Shane Connaughton’s Cavan is a real and rare joy

Transcendent account of a racing life that was turned upside down

Transcendent account of a racing life that was turned upside down

Centaur manages something that only the best sports books can: it transcends the sport it describes

Debut Nigerian novel captures a country in turmoil

Debut Nigerian novel captures a country in turmoil

An addictive tale of love, loss and heartache