Kevin Power

Kevin Power

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

The definitive account of our turbulent times

The definitive account of our turbulent times

Politics: Age of Anger: A History of the Present, By Pankaj Mishra, Allen Lane, €23

The other Gleeson’s first novel pulses with verve

The other Gleeson’s first novel pulses with verve

Rockadoon Shore is Rory Gleeson’s first novel

Molly Keane: Tender look at a literary life less ordinary

Molly Keane: Tender look at a literary life less ordinary

A warm and intimate portrait of a complex writer who captured, lucidly, the last twilight glimmer of a vanished world

Black Lives Matter: Fiery reportage is clouded by raw zeal

Black Lives Matter: Fiery reportage is clouded by raw zeal

An indispensable book, even as it marshals only the rudiments of a long and painful story

Two men who took a frank look at human fallibility

Two men who took a frank look at human fallibility

Michael Lewis's book on Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky, two Israeli psychologists of the florid-genius school

Eileen Battersby bewitches with a beguiling bildungsroman

Eileen Battersby bewitches with a beguiling bildungsroman

It's a brave move for a critic to publish a novel ...

Capital gains: Banville remains elusive in his own narrative

Capital gains: Banville remains elusive in his own narrative

Kevin Power reviews John Banville's Dublin memoir