Jonathan O’Brien

Jonathan O’Brien

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

Capital drama from the Beeb

Capital drama from the Beeb

Pepys Road is the setting for a story of property in our everyday lives

Silvio, we hardly knew you – and we still don’t

Silvio, we hardly knew you – and we still don’t

Non-fiction; My Way: Berlusconi In His Own Words; By Alan Friedman; Biteback Publishing, €26.60

Albums

Albums

Electronica: Grimes, Art Angels (4AD) Claire Boucher’s 2012 album Visions is sometimes wrongl...

Rock’s dark prince and his iron fist in a Velvet glove

Rock’s dark prince and his iron fist in a Velvet glove

Biography; Notes From The Velvet Underground: The Life of Lou Reed; By Howard Sounes; Doubleday, €19.95

Ferguson’s list of old scores quickly bores

Ferguson’s list of old scores quickly bores

NON-FICTION; Leading; By Alex Ferguson; with Michael Moritz; Hodder & Stoughton, €17

The right-wing kingpin and a Napoleonic firebrand

The right-wing kingpin and a Napoleonic firebrand

Non-Fiction

Albums: Roger Waters, The Weknd and Cfit

Albums: Roger Waters, The Weknd and Cfit

Rock/reissue: Roger Waters. Amused To Death (Legacy Recordings) Like many Englishmen of a certai...