John Walshe

John Walshe

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

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