Sport/memoir: George Best: A Memoir, By Michael Parkinson, Hodder & Stoughton, €17.95 Durin...
Many people took exception to Fifa’s decision to award the 2018 World Cup to Vladimir Putin’s Russia, but the huge country has responded by staging a well-organised, trouble-free festival of thrilling football. And with Qatar and 48 teams looming on the horizon, it might be the last good one we get to see for a long time, writes Jonathan O’Brien
Ireland’s Deep Atlantic (RTÉ 2) was a balm for tired eyes, an appealing vista of some of the most graceful creatures on the planet joyfully surging like huge grey torpedoes through oceans of the purest blue
When Michael Stone strafed Milltown Cemetery it seemed like the North was slipping into an even blacker darkness
There is surely nothing darker on television right now than Gomorra (Sky Atlantic). Many crime dramas strive desperately to achieve this level of bleakness; almost all of them fail miserably
Russo's collection of three short stories and novella, while not always wrapping themselves up in satisfying conclusions, are still a pleasure to read.
Current Affairs: The Future Is History, By Masha Gessen, Granta, €20
Slightly soft-focus and uncritical Blues Sisters may have been, but it was also uplifting and well-made, with its share of ingenious and memorable shots
The current Tonight Show set-up is like having two coaches managing a football team
Nowhere Fast feels solid, but not spectacular; capable, but not coruscating