Róisín Kiberd

Róisín Kiberd

Small-town Irish romance with a gothic tinge

Small-town Irish romance with a gothic tinge

It’s only in the novel’s eventful second half that one comes to appreciate Rebecca O’Connor’s precision, her ability to condense a series of tragedies and life-altering moments into a deceptively simple narrative

Taking artistic angst to its logical and lonely conclusion

Taking artistic angst to its logical and lonely conclusion

While Louisa Young’s writing is wise, witty and beautifully perceptive on love and the forces which drive loved ones apart, a number of questions loom throughout You Left Early’s 407 pages

De Bernières veers away from sentimentality and into tragedy

De Bernières veers away from sentimentality and into tragedy

FICTION: So Much Life Left Over, By Louis de Bernières , Harvill Secker/Vintage, €16.10 So Muc...

Fallen women stripped bare makes for uneasy reading

Fallen women stripped bare makes for uneasy reading

FICTION: The Mars Room, Rachel Kushner, Jonathan Cape, €19.55 The Mars Room is the name of a fi...

The great untethering

The great untethering

Mobile devices have revolutionised the workplace, but what are the risks, asks Róisín Kiberd

Live at The Witch Trials

Live at The Witch Trials

Jesse Jones’s powerful, unsettling new exhibition puts the spotlight on female resistance - and reminds us that more change is needed, writes Róisín Kiberd

Plenty to digest at agri-food summit

Plenty to digest at agri-food summit

Celebrity diets, Brexit and the power of health lobbyists made for a meaty agenda at Croke Park for the 2018 National Food and Drink Industry Summit, writes 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