Kevin Power

Kevin Power

A wondrous sensory close-up of a child’s life

A wondrous sensory close-up of a child’s life

ome writers remember their childhoods very vividly, and have the gift of being able to conjure on the page the inner workings of a child’s mind.

Ellis Style does Less Than Zero

Ellis Style does Less Than Zero

In 1985,when he was 21, Bret Easton Ellis published Less Than Zero, a novel about ‘‘a wealthy, alienated, sexually ambiguous young man’s Christmas break from an eastern college in Los Angeles’’.

Clichés derail overhyped new novel

Clichés derail overhyped new novel

Christos Tsiolkas’s The Slap arrives on these shores trailing a Commonwealth Writer’s Prize and a glut of astonishing reviews.

One for the knacker’s yard

One for the knacker’s yard

A few years ago, Martin Amis began his review of Robert Bly’s trenchantly heterosexual masculinity manifesto Iron John by pointing out that ‘iron’ (‘iron hoof ‘) was Cockney rhyming slang for ‘poof’.

How sibling rivalry inspired Lenin’s radicalism

How sibling rivalry inspired Lenin’s radicalism

On March 1,1887 ,a small group of terrorists was arrested in St Petersburg and charged with plotting to assassinate Tsar Alexander III.

Trapped in Tehran

Trapped in Tehran

In the early hours of December 30, 2006, Haleh Esfandiari, the founding director of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC, left her mother’s apartment in Tehran and hailed a taxi to go to the

Deft depiction of a conflicted genius

Deft depiction of a conflicted genius

The William Golding who emerges from John Carey’s superlatively readable biography was a man who made a life-long habit of being hard on himself.

Grim reality of India’s monstrous class divide

Grim reality of India’s monstrous class divide

Between the Assassinations, By Aravind Adiga, Atlantic Books, €12