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How wine won the West

How wine won the West

If California left the US tomorrow, it would be the fourth-largest producer of wine in the world. This is the story of how the West Coast got so big

Top marks go to the north-east

Top marks go to the north-east

Scholar’s Townhouse Hotel, King Street, Drogheda,Co Louth. Tel: 041-9835410. Web: scholarshotel.com. Chef: Michael Hunter

A giant of a man

A giant of a man

Aengus Finucane was a charismatic humanitarian visionary who turned a small charity into an international phenomenon. Here, writer Deirdre Purcell prefaces her biography of the man who shaped Concern

Artistic licence: Masterful art of reviewing

Artistic licence: Masterful art of reviewing

One of the weird minor perks of being a book reviewer is that you sometimes find yourself quoted on the covers of paperbacks. It can make you feel powerful, in a completely powerless sort of way. I sometimes like to imagine growing so influential as

On Song . . . Father John Misty

On Song . . . Father John Misty

You’ve traded under the name J Tillman for many years – why change to Father John Misty?

Paperback writers

Paperback writers

Young Skins. By Colin Barrett. Stinging Fly, €13.

First novel tackles complex themes with sense of wonder

First novel tackles complex themes with sense of wonder

If I Fall, If I Die. By Michael Christie. William Heinemann, trade paperback, €16. Reviewed by Fiona Ness.

Albums

Albums

Seasick Steve: Sonic Soul Surfer (Caroline)

Heartfelt study of the trailblazing lost maiden of English folk music

Heartfelt study of the trailblazing lost maiden of English folk music

I’ve Always Kept A Unicorn The Biography of Sandy Denny. By Mick Houghton. Faber & Faber, €25.20 Reviewed by Andrew Lynch.

From blogs to bucks

From blogs to bucks

Irish fashion bloggers discuss how to make their trade pay – starting with work, work and more work.

Insider trading

Insider trading

Like it, want it, covet it: Ruth O’Connor is our style insider

Guilty pleasures

Guilty pleasures

Get set for the sunshine

A salute to suits

A salute to suits

If you want to get ahead in business, get made-to-measure, writes Fiona Ness.

It’s time to get shirty

It’s time to get shirty

Derry shirtmaker Smyth & Gibson provides a bespoke shirtmaking service tailored to the client’s needs, writes Fiona Ness.

Hunting Hugh and low

Hunting Hugh and low

Reviewed this week: A Bullet For The General RTÉ Radio 1