Tanya Sweeney

Tanya Sweeney

Sparkling debut novel expertly captures the Manhattan zeitgeist

Sparkling debut novel expertly captures the Manhattan zeitgeist

Nothing happens in Fleishman Is In Trouble for a long time (until of course, it does, and sharply) – the first half of the book is merely setting the scene. Yet it’s a book half stuffed with astuteness and razor-sharp insight

Loss leader: Elizabeth Day on the joy of failure

Loss leader: Elizabeth Day on the joy of failure

Failure is a natural and unavoidable part of living, says writer Elizabeth Day. By speaking in a very candid and public way about her own private crises, she hopes to help others come to terms with the more painful events in their own lives

A memoir of grief finds some beauty between emotional troughs

A memoir of grief finds some beauty between emotional troughs

Memoir: Once More We Saw Stars: A Memoir, By Jayson Greene, Knopf Publishing, €19.55 Many peopl...

McEwan goes back to the future - and just about pulls it off

McEwan goes back to the future - and just about pulls it off

Ian McEwan is turning his considerable storytelling energies to counterfactual fiction, like Philip Roth and Robert Harris before him

Critical mass

Critical mass

Comedy screenwriter Adam Kay’s memoir of his years as a junior doctor in Britain’s NHS is a riot of oddball characters and inexplicable situations. But his old line of work comes with a dark side, writes Tanya Sweeney

McFarlane’s light touch reveals an engaging and incisive wit

McFarlane’s light touch reveals an engaging and incisive wit

Fiction: Don’t You Forget About Me, By Mhairi McFarlane, Harper Collins, €9.20 For way too lo...

Hollywood memoir bustling with deliciously indiscreet details

Hollywood memoir bustling with deliciously indiscreet details

Memoir: This Will Only Hurt A Little, By Busy Philipps, Hachette Books, €21 If ever a person ma...

Heady times aboard Rolling Stone’s rock rollercoaster

Heady times aboard Rolling Stone’s rock rollercoaster

Memoir: The Only Girl: My Life & Times On The Masthead of Rolling Stone, By Robin Green, Vira...

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