Kevin Power

Kevin Power

Cold comfort in Scandi thriller without the thrills

Cold comfort in Scandi thriller without the thrills

Madness, murder and death in the modern welfare state

Ambitious Dublin novel offers much to enjoy

Ambitious Dublin novel offers much to enjoy

Caustic and grim portrait of city

How the literary sausage is made

How the literary sausage is made

Reacher Said Nothing: Lee Child and the Making of Make Me

Artistic Licence: Kevin Power

Artistic Licence: Kevin Power

Tearing myself away from the books of guys

Reinterpreting a Soviet genius who spoke art to power

Reinterpreting a Soviet genius who spoke art to power

Barnes works with consummate artistry

More whimsy from Martel in a peculiar new collection

More whimsy from Martel in a peculiar new collection

Fiction; The High Mountains of Portugal; By Yann Martel; Canongate, €22.60

Short story collection shrinks in the telling

Short story collection shrinks in the telling

Fiction; A Kind Of Compass: Stories On Distance; Edited by Belinda McKeon; Tramp Press, €15

Rogue writer Jonathan Franzen

Rogue writer Jonathan Franzen

Jonathan Franzen has a way of getting under your skin – but not to everyone’s liking

Scholarly work is a testament to Hughes’s savage brilliance

Scholarly work is a testament to Hughes’s savage brilliance

Biography; Ted Hughes: The; Unauthorised Life; By Jonathan Bate; William Collins, €23

Lively debut from legal eagle O’Higgins

Lively debut from legal eagle O’Higgins

For the most part, it’s a solid and engaging effort, though it takes a while for the plot to get going in earnest

Fresh work from an old hand chills the blood

Fresh work from an old hand chills the blood

Jackson’s voice and preoccupations have never wavered, no matter what she is writing about

Master of magical realism conjures a disappointing tale

Master of magical realism conjures a disappointing tale

FICTION: Two Years Eight Months; and Twenty-Eight Nights; By Salman Rushdie; Jonathan Cape, €19

Morrissey has achieved negative perfection

Morrissey has achieved negative perfection

Fiction; List of the Lost; By Morrissey; Penguin Books, €11

Houllebecq's searing critique of his native land

Houllebecq's searing critique of his native land

FICTION; Submission; By Michel Houellebecq; Translated by Lorin Stein; William Heinemann, €17.50

Anthology emphasises women’s place at  heart of Irish literarature

Anthology emphasises women’s place at heart of Irish literarature

Fiction: The Long Gaze Back: An Anthology of Irish Women Writers, Edited by Sinéad Gleeson, New Island, €19.95