Kevin Power

Kevin Power

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...

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