Tanya Sweeney

Tanya Sweeney

Straight-talking memoir takes the fear out of forty

Straight-talking memoir takes the fear out of forty

Non-fiction: There Are No Grown-Ups: A Midlife Coming-of-Age Story, By Pamela Druckerman, Doubled...

Candid, revealing cinematic memoir is a true family affair

Candid, revealing cinematic memoir is a true family affair

Much like their film projects, the Duplasses’ memoir is brimful of charm, and thoughtfulness

Salty tale of a doomed aquatic love affair

Salty tale of a doomed aquatic love affair

Lucy is the astute yet depressed narrator of The Pisces, a woman whose life has derailed since the breakdown of her last, wholly dysfunctional relationship

Louche lifestyle advice from Gill

Louche lifestyle advice from Gill

SELF-HELP: Uncle Dysfunctional: Uncompromising Answers to Life’s Most Painful Problems, By AA Gill, Canongate, €13

The caged bird sings in Gay’s touching true-life tale

The caged bird sings in Gay’s touching true-life tale

MEMOIR: Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, By Roxane Gay, Harper Collins, €19.60 (available August 8)

You could learn a lot from The Idiot

You could learn a lot from The Idiot

FICTION: The Idiot, By Elif Batuman, Vintage, €14.95

South of Forgiveness: A powerfully ambiguous tale of sexual violence

South of Forgiveness: A powerfully ambiguous tale of sexual violence

It takes some beating as an outlandish tale, but those hoping for catharsis or answers may be left wanting

Gail Honeyman's debut novel has a heart of darkness

Gail Honeyman's debut novel has a heart of darkness

It’s not often that a book has the power to offer both delight and heartbreak

LS Hilton’s killer returns in a pacy little number

LS Hilton’s killer returns in a pacy little number

The protagonist in Hilton’s trilogy, Judith Rashleigh, is forthright and formidable, a killer with no remorse

Suspend your disbelief as Dawn O’Porter sends in the Cows

Suspend your disbelief as Dawn O’Porter sends in the Cows

More bite and grit than your average commercial title – but there’s something sugary and addictive within this novel

Debut novel packs a punch with sharp look at sex industry

Debut novel packs a punch with sharp look at sex industry

FICTION: Harvesting, By Lisa Harding, New Island Books, €13.95

A lyrical account of love let slip

A lyrical account of love let slip

Fiction: When Light Is Like Water, By Molly McCloskey, Penguin Ireland, €14.95

A high-flying bachelorette in NYC with a difference

A high-flying bachelorette in NYC with a difference

All Grown Up’s anti-heroine Andrea Bern is your common-or-garden bachelorette. And yet positively bristles with energy and newness

Mad, not mad: how one woman overcame her demons

Mad, not mad: how one woman overcame her demons

Self-help: A Beginner’s Guide To Losing Your Mind, By Emily Reynolds, Yellow Kite Books, €17.25

Natural talent shines through in fictional tale of gay footballer

Natural talent shines through in fictional tale of gay footballer

Vivid, real and muscular, A Natural is a highly satisfying and deeply felt read.