Kevin Power

Kevin Power

Book review: Serotonin by Michel Houellebecq

Book review: Serotonin by Michel Houellebecq

Houellebecq’s squalid satire sinks into shallow self-parody

Book review: Akin by Emma Donoghue

Book review: Akin by Emma Donoghue

Another tale of love and parenthood from a novelist at the height of her powers

Book Review: The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa

Book Review: The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa

Allegorical fiction is too unreal to be truly terrifying

Rushdie loses his way again in a maze of endless sentences

Rushdie loses his way again in a maze of endless sentences

FICTION: Quichotte, By Salman Rushdie, Jonathan Cape, €16.10 First things first: the title is p...

This study of the 1960s is a trip worth taking

This study of the 1960s is a trip worth taking

Charles Manson was – as The Bad Trip, James Riley’s excellent new cultural history of the 1960s, makes clear – the embodiment of a decade marked by violence, disorder and fear

A flawed but fascinating return by an Irish writer like few others

A flawed but fascinating return by an Irish writer like few others

Night Boat to Tangier isn’t like anything else you’ve ever read. Summoning a haunted, off-kilter world of loneliness and regret, it lingers powerfully in the mind

Hark at him: Lipsyte does it again with a modern classic

Hark at him: Lipsyte does it again with a modern classic

FICTION: Hark, By Sam Lipsyte, Granta, €16.45 In the opening pages of Sam Lipsyte’s fourth no...

An original, compelling essayist with the Vision thing

An original, compelling essayist with the Vision thing

Essays: Tunnel Vision, By Kevin Breathnach, Faber & Faber, €14.95 Kevin Breathnach’s debu...

How not to achieve mythic grandeur in just 620 pages

How not to achieve mythic grandeur in just 620 pages

Fiction: Black Leopard, Red Wolf, By Marlon James, Hamish Hamilton, €17.25 Winning the Man Book...

Uneven Scandi thriller loses its way after a hundred pages

Uneven Scandi thriller loses its way after a hundred pages

For its first hundred or so pages, Niklas Natt och Dag’s debut novel is a publisher’s (and a reader’s) dream, but then it all goes awry

Nothing is what it seems in tricky 9/11 conspiracy story

Nothing is what it seems in tricky 9/11 conspiracy story

Fiction: An American Story, By Christopher Priest, Gollancz, €17.25 Christopher Priest’s new ...

Some signs of promise in an overwrought debut novel

Some signs of promise in an overwrought debut novel

FICTION: Flames, By Robbie Arnott, Atlantic Books, €14.95 Ideal prose embodies a highly wrought...

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...