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
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
Fiction: Hope Never Dies: An Obama-Biden Mystery, By Andrew Shaffer, Quirk Books, €13 Hope Neve...
There’s something mysteriously lifeless about Michael Ondaatje’s novels. Like Laura Ashley curtains, they gratify a snobbish taste without taking any aesthetic risks
Non-fiction: Figures in a Landscape: People and Places: Essays 2001-2016, By Paul Theroux, Hamish...
FICTION: The President Is Missing, By Bill Clinton and James Patterson, Century, €17.50 James P...
Where do they come from, these normal monsters? And how do we spot them, before it’s too late?
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
Upstate is a thrillingly good book: moving, funny and superbly intelligent, it compresses a wealth of perception into its 233 immaculately crafted pages
Kevin Power reviews Last Stories, which includes six unseen short stories from a master of the art
Despite discouragement from all around him, Patrick McCabe kept coming back to Heartland, his latest and long-in-the-making novel
With great care, John Gray scrapes away the mould of error and illusion that has grown across the surface of the human world
Richard Powers’s stories trace the faultline between scientific rationalism and a literary (or even romantic) humanism