Kevin Power

Kevin Power

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

Nothing matters in Kureishi’s novel about adultery

Nothing matters in Kureishi’s novel about adultery

FICTION: The Nothing, By Hanif Kureishi, Faber & Faber, €20

Laurent Binet's novel is trapped in a postmodern cul-de-sac

Laurent Binet's novel is trapped in a postmodern cul-de-sac

Some entertaining bits of thriller business but after those first hundred pages, things deteriorate

Tóibín’s Greek mythmaking puts his mastery on show

Tóibín’s Greek mythmaking puts his mastery on show

Fiction: House of Names, By Colm Tóibín, Penguin Viking, €17.25

A debut that whips up a skilfully spooky tale

A debut that whips up a skilfully spooky tale

A skilful, entertaining piece of work: a traditional ghost story in the best possible sense

Debut novel with a lot of Skin in the game

Debut novel with a lot of Skin in the game

FICTION: Skintown, By Ciaran McMenamin, Doubleday Ireland, €17

Gripping urban fable is powered by raw energy

Gripping urban fable is powered by raw energy

Fiction: The Blood Miracles, By Lisa McInerney, John Murray, €14.95

A worthwhile odyssey into familiar territory

A worthwhile odyssey into familiar territory

Fiction: Ithaca, By Alan McMonagle, Picador, €14.95

Gripping chronicle of 15 stolen years

Gripping chronicle of 15 stolen years

Biography: Life After Life: A Guildford Four Memoir: By Paddy Armstrong with Mary-Elaine Tynan, Gill Books, €17.25

Jordan aims high but fails to provide many real thrills

Jordan aims high but fails to provide many real thrills

Fiction: Carnivalesque, By Neil Jordan, Bloomsbury Circus, €19

Auster’s art of the appalling cliché

Auster’s art of the appalling cliché

Paul Auster has acquired the reputation of being a deep-thought writer