Tanya Sweeney

Tanya Sweeney

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.

Memoir of New York party girl hurtles along

Memoir of New York party girl hurtles along

Have you ever heard of Cat Marnell?

Powerful portrayal of the endless brutality of poverty in rural France

Powerful portrayal of the endless brutality of poverty in rural France

Memoir: The End of Eddy, By Édouard Louis (translated by Michael Lucey), Harvill Secker, €17.25

Noirish tale of a trial by media

Noirish tale of a trial by media

An immersive and authentic novel, spiked with noirish intrigue.

A weight-loss memoir that’s, like, totes emosh

A weight-loss memoir that’s, like, totes emosh

Memoir, Flabyrinth, By Jules Coll Gill Books, €14.95

The art of volunteering

The art of volunteering

If you want to do something to help others while broadening your own horizons, then volunteering is the way to go