Jonathan O’Brien

Jonathan O’Brien

Melodrama, mistresses, machismo, Maradona and Messi

Melodrama, mistresses, machismo, Maradona and Messi

Sport: Angels With Dirty Faces, By Jonathan Wilson, Orion Books, €13.50

Terrific tales of the Irish in Latin America

Terrific tales of the Irish in Latin America

The map of Latin America in general would look rather different without Irish people

Repetitive Isis hostage escape la cks a real impact

Repetitive Isis hostage escape la cks a real impact

NON -FICTION; The Isis Hostage, By Puk Damsgârd, Atlantic Books, €20

Television: Fists and fury at a bloated bunfight

Television: Fists and fury at a bloated bunfight

RTÉ has certainly had its moments during Rio 2016

Comment: The English football bubble will burst, but not just yet

Comment: The English football bubble will burst, but not just yet

What goes up must come down. But when?

An amusing yarn on British crime reportage

An amusing yarn on British crime reportage

We’ll All Be Murdered In Our Beds! by Duncan Campbell

Profile Antonio Conte : The anger games

Profile Antonio Conte : The anger games

The former Juventus midfielder leads his Italy team into battle against Ireland on Wednesday

Uncovering the US’s dirty military secrets

Uncovering the US’s dirty military secrets

A powerful, if dense, analysis of the US's many hushed-up little conflicts

Game of Thrones back with a bloody bang for season six

Game of Thrones back with a bloody bang for season six

Without the magnificent visuals, you’d be left with pretty thin gruel

It was a very good year . . .  but not as good as others

It was a very good year . . . but not as good as others

David Hepworth’s musical tastes tend strongly towards the singer-songwriterish

Not a lot of new ideas to spot in Welsh’s latest novel

Not a lot of new ideas to spot in Welsh’s latest novel

Fiction: The Blade Artist; By Irvine Welsh; Jonathan Cape, €17.25

Nobody does riches to riches better than Carly

Nobody does riches to riches better than Carly

Music; Boys In The Trees: A Memoir; By Carly Simon; Constable, €27

TV: Fingers on the buzzers, no conferring

TV: Fingers on the buzzers, no conferring

It dragged like an interminable parent-teacher meeting with seven teachers instead of one

Self-deprecating and amusing, Reynolds still has star power

Self-deprecating and amusing, Reynolds still has star power

Reynolds remains self-deprecating to the very last page.

Christopher Hitchens was at his best slaying sacred cows

Christopher Hitchens was at his best slaying sacred cows

As always, enjoy the language and try to overlook the lapses in judgment