Kevin Power

Kevin Power

Kingsolver still schmaltzing all the way to the bank

Kingsolver still schmaltzing all the way to the bank

FICTION: Unsheltered, By Barbara Kingsolver, Faber & Faber, €17.95 In the opening pages of ...

McNamee’s gift for intense imagery sets a most atmospheric  mood

McNamee’s gift for intense imagery sets a most atmospheric mood

You don’t really read Eoin McNamee for his plots – though he is superbly good at them, and can nudge a gripping conspiracy thriller to life with just the right touches of jittery menace. You read him for his sentences

A gripping account of the Troubles reported from the frontline

A gripping account of the Troubles reported from the frontline

Politics: Reporting the Troubles: Journalists tell their stories of the Northern Ireland conflict...

Another portion of literary fast food from Murakami

Another portion of literary fast food from Murakami

If Killing Commendatore is anything to go by, the faults of Murakami’s work are largely indissoluble from its virtues

An unlikely meeting of minds

An unlikely meeting of minds

More than 40 years ago, Dermot Bolger struck up a rewarding friendship with a Mayo woman more than half a century his senior. Now he has committed the second half of her life story to print

Glimpsing one’s own life through a maternal prism

Glimpsing one’s own life through a maternal prism

I Will Be Complete is, at 477 pages, a monster. But the epic feel of Glen David Gold’s book is also down to the fact that it’s the record of an obsession – the story of Gold’s lifelong attempt to understand his mother

A singular voice exploring  the secret lives of the affluent

A singular voice exploring the secret lives of the affluent

Joseph O’Neill is a gifted observer of self-delusion, and many of the stories in Good Trouble hinge on the elaborate ways in which his privileged protagonists explain their privilege to themselves

Shaffer produces an amiable but ultimately hopeless parody

Shaffer produces an amiable but ultimately hopeless parody

Fiction: Hope Never Dies: An Obama-Biden Mystery, By Andrew Shaffer, Quirk Books, €13 Hope Neve...

Stylish, elegant, beautifully written... and utterly lifeless

Stylish, elegant, beautifully written... and utterly lifeless

There’s something mysteriously lifeless about Michael Ondaatje’s novels. Like Laura Ashley curtains, they gratify a snobbish taste without taking any aesthetic risks

Theroux’s enthusiasm brings his readers on many exciting adventures

Theroux’s enthusiasm brings his readers on many exciting adventures

Non-fiction: Figures in a Landscape: People and Places: Essays 2001-2016, By Paul Theroux, Hamish...

A down-to-earth exploration of the extraordinary

A down-to-earth exploration of the extraordinary

Non-Fiction: Superhuman: Life at the Extremes of Mental and Physical Ability, By Rowan Hooper, Li...

A preposterously presidential yarn that packs a fair punch

A preposterously presidential yarn that packs a fair punch

FICTION: The President Is Missing, By Bill Clinton and James Patterson, Century, €17.50 James P...

Tom and Molly Martens: Trying and failing to spot the monsters in one’s midst

Tom and Molly Martens: Trying and failing to spot the monsters in one’s midst

Where do they come from, these normal monsters? And how do we spot them, before it’s too late?

Debutant novelist fully indulges her sentimental side

Debutant novelist fully indulges her sentimental side

Your humble reviewer found Helen Cullen’s The Lost Letters of William Woolf a pretty sentimental sort of book, and it wasn’t entirely to his taste. Which isn’t to say that it’s a bad book

Critical mass: A triumph for a literary gamekeeper turned poacher

Critical mass: A triumph for a literary gamekeeper turned poacher

Upstate is a thrillingly good book: moving, funny and superbly intelligent, it compresses a wealth of perception into its 233 immaculately crafted pages