Kevin Power

Kevin Power

Storytelling writ large by an author who rarely disappoints

Storytelling writ large by an author who rarely disappoints

A novel that brilliantly hazes the distinction between past and present, truth and forgery, fiction and fact

Amstell stands out from the crowd with memoir mash-up

Amstell stands out from the crowd with memoir mash-up

NON-FICTION: Help, By Simon Amstell, Square Peg, €16.10

Blindboy adds another satirical string to his bow

Blindboy adds another satirical string to his bow

Blindboy is restlessly creative – he was never going to settle for making novelty songs

Banville takes masterly control of Henry James’s unlucky heroine

Banville takes masterly control of Henry James’s unlucky heroine

Fiction: Mrs Ormond, By John Banville, Viking Penguin, €20

Paul Howard holds up a mirror to modern-day Middle Ireland

Paul Howard holds up a mirror to modern-day Middle Ireland

Page by page, line by line, these books are extraordinarily accurate and outstandingly funny

Search for empathy leads Bazalgette down a blind alley

Search for empathy leads Bazalgette down a blind alley

NON-FICTION: The Empathy Instinct: How to Create a More Civil Society, By Peter Bazalgette, John Murray, €15

Salman Rushdie loses his ear with fatally flat results

Salman Rushdie loses his ear with fatally flat results

Rushdie is an enormously intelligent writer, but it isn’t enough to redeem what turns out to be a slackly told, maddeningly circular tale

Doyle springs a surprise with brilliant simplicity

Doyle springs a surprise with brilliant simplicity

Fiction: Smile, By Roddy Doyle, Jonathan Cape, €17.25

Launching a full-frontal assault on Western anxieties

Launching a full-frontal assault on Western anxieties

Fiction: Borne, By Jeff Vandermeer, Fourth Estate, €17 Jeff Vandermeer never looked like a writ...

A perfect marriage between MacLaverty and the novel

A perfect marriage between MacLaverty and the novel

FICTION: Midwinter Break, By Bernard MacLaverty, Jonathan Cape, €14.95

A plea for a scientific utopia from a world-class hater

A plea for a scientific utopia from a world-class hater

Science In The Soul: Selected Writings of a Passionate Rationalist, By Richard Dawkins, Bantam Press, €20

Latecomer lacks conviction on the western crisis

Latecomer lacks conviction on the western crisis

HISTORY/ECONOMICS: The Retreat of Western Liberalism, By Edward Luce, Little, Brown, €19

Minds, morals, materialism and medullas oblongata

Minds, morals, materialism and medullas oblongata

Medicine: Admissions: A Life in Brain Surgery, By Henry Marsh, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, €23

Short stories most successful when dealing with daily life

Short stories most successful when dealing with daily life

Fiction: Joyride to Jupiter, By Nuala O’Connor, New Island, €11.50

Arundhati Roy’s ambitious comeback falls short

Arundhati Roy’s ambitious comeback falls short

Cutesy, sentimental, poorly structured, unconvincing and desperately eager to please