Book Review

The Written Word – Kevin Power brings warmth and humanity to a gamut of cultural topics

This collection of Kevin Power’s finest criticism and cultural appraisal is a joy to read, full of warmth, humour, humanity and intellectual rigour

Kevin Power argues that book reviewing is an art form. Picture: Fergal Phillips

Better known to the general public as a novelist, Kevin Power is also a prolific non-fiction writer. His incisive and humour-filled book reviews have appeared in many newspapers, his longer-form literary criticism in the finest literary journals. This collection gathers together the very best of his work, gleaned from the Stinging Fly, the Dublin Review of Books and the Business Post among others.

The Written World’s opener, The Lost Decade (first published in the Irish ...