Kevin Power

Kevin Power

Alastair Campbell’s lumpy stew is a banquet of pure Partridge

Alastair Campbell’s lumpy stew is a banquet of pure Partridge

Saturday Bloody Saturday is a work for which the phrase “unintentionally hilarious” simply will not suffice

Ambitious debut that’s well travelled but not worldly-wise

Ambitious debut that’s well travelled but not worldly-wise

Restless Souls is the debut of an ambitious writer who is sure to grow in interesting ways

Escaping a cloistered childhood to break free into the world

Escaping a cloistered childhood to break free into the world

Memoir: Educated, By Tara Westover, Hutchinson, €17.55

Why the US plunged into a dirty war without end

Why the US plunged into a dirty war without end

Steve Coll shows us how "America's secret wars" are shaped

Peter Carey aims high, but falls a little flat Down Under

Peter Carey aims high, but falls a little flat Down Under

A Long Way From Home leaves behind it an unmistakable residue of disappointment

Excising Belle Gibson's cancer that never was

Excising Belle Gibson's cancer that never was

The Woman Who Fooled the World bracingly retells a memorable chapter in the history of human folly

Flanagan falls flat with a third-rate tale

Flanagan falls flat with a third-rate tale

Fiction First Person By Richard Flanagan Chatto & Windus, €24

Satire fails to lay any short vulgar fingers on Trump

Satire fails to lay any short vulgar fingers on Trump

For all its percipience and its burlesque energy, You Can’t Spell America without Me misses the mark

Storytelling writ large by an author who rarely disappoints

Storytelling writ large by an author who rarely disappoints

A novel that brilliantly hazes the distinction between past and present, truth and forgery, fiction and fact

Amstell stands out from the crowd with memoir mash-up

Amstell stands out from the crowd with memoir mash-up

NON-FICTION: Help, By Simon Amstell, Square Peg, €16.10

Blindboy adds another satirical string to his bow

Blindboy adds another satirical string to his bow

Blindboy is restlessly creative – he was never going to settle for making novelty songs

Banville takes masterly control of Henry James’s unlucky heroine

Banville takes masterly control of Henry James’s unlucky heroine

Fiction: Mrs Ormond, By John Banville, Viking Penguin, €20

Paul Howard holds up a mirror to modern-day Middle Ireland

Paul Howard holds up a mirror to modern-day Middle Ireland

Page by page, line by line, these books are extraordinarily accurate and outstandingly funny

Search for empathy leads Bazalgette down a blind alley

Search for empathy leads Bazalgette down a blind alley

NON-FICTION: The Empathy Instinct: How to Create a More Civil Society, By Peter Bazalgette, John Murray, €15

Salman Rushdie loses his ear with fatally flat results

Salman Rushdie loses his ear with fatally flat results

Rushdie is an enormously intelligent writer, but it isn’t enough to redeem what turns out to be a slackly told, maddeningly circular tale