Róisín Kiberd

Róisín Kiberd

Beef encounters

Beef encounters

Ireland’s premium burger revolution has taken hold, and we’re constantly on the hunt for the perfect meat-filled bun. Sublime? Ridiculous? Róisín Kiberd digs into the very juicy business of the Irish burger

From the dull to the dramatic

From the dull to the dramatic

Róisín Kiberd on a volatile process that can catch companies off guard

Dark stories that don’t let the reader relax

Dark stories that don’t let the reader relax

Mia Gallagher’s prose spans genres as well as decades: there is realism and surrealism, there are love stories, ghost stories and those stories which fit – poignantly, disturbingly – in-between

Rwanda memoir confronts accepted narratives of conflict and survival

Rwanda memoir confronts accepted narratives of conflict and survival

Clemantine Wamariya knows what people expect from refugee narratives but, in The Girl Who Smiled Beads, she tells her story of near-impossible survival on her own terms

Relatable study of grief and guilt let down by its romcom clichés

Relatable study of grief and guilt let down by its romcom clichés

FICTION: Grace After Henry, By Eithne Shortall, Corvus, €16.45 Eithne Shortall’s Grace After ...

Feminist memoir deploys symbolism to blur the life lines

Feminist memoir deploys symbolism to blur the life lines

A compact volume of 186 pages, The Cost of Living spills over with ideas, observation and interrogation

A polymorphic global threat

A polymorphic global threat

Róisín Kiberd on the threat that’s ready for its sophomore act

Humanity and understanding shine through nurse’s memoir

Humanity and understanding shine through nurse’s memoir

The Language of Kindness puts other memoirs to shame, by narrating an ordinary working life which nevertheless confronts the dark, the sublime and transcendental

A snapshot of Ireland at a turning point

A snapshot of Ireland at a turning point

At times Repeal the 8th starts to read like a lesson in civics, or a public safety announcement from a parallel-universe Ireland. Amid these passages, however, there’s a great deal of brilliance

What we miss in plain sight

What we miss in plain sight

With the fallout from Cambridge Analytica still being assessed, Róisín Kiberd looks at the data privacy challenges that lie ahead with the GDPR

Some more home truths from sharp-eyed Shriver

Some more home truths from sharp-eyed Shriver

Property, the first collection of short stories by novelist Lionel Shriver, depicts home ownership as a life-altering, but also potentially life-destroying, development in one’s existence

Fear and loathing in Winnipeg, from ten female perspectives

Fear and loathing in Winnipeg, from ten female perspectives

Unflinchingly dark, yet occasionally hopeful, The Break ultimately affirms the power of love

Books: Meditating on the bittersweet nature of long-ago memories

Books: Meditating on the bittersweet nature of long-ago memories

British-Irish novelist Kit de Waal's novel tells the story of Mona MacNaughton, an Irish immigrant who has made her home in Birmingham as a dollmaker

When a secret affair opens up a heart of darkness

When a secret affair opens up a heart of darkness

While the hype around Louise O'Neill's novel is currently at fever pitch

Food for thought from a memoir of mental illness

Food for thought from a memoir of mental illness

A first-time author, who has written for the Times, the Daily Telegraph and the Spectator, among others, Laura Freeman has framed her debut as a story of how reading about food helped her conquer her fear of eating in real life