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Writer's stock: Joseph O'Connor on literature and the Leaving Cert

Writer's stock: Joseph O'Connor on literature and the Leaving Cert

Joseph O’Connor’s latest novel Shadowplay tells the story of a young Bram Stoker and examines the difficulties of the writing life. But for O’Connor, writing for a living is a dream come true

A funny and frightening journey into the future

A funny and frightening journey into the future

Joanna Kavenna's Zed is set in a recognisable London which is far from wildly futuristic – we’re not talking Bladerunner – but one where digital technology has extended its capabilities, especially as regards artificial intelligence

This study of the 1960s is a trip worth taking

This study of the 1960s is a trip worth taking

Charles Manson was – as The Bad Trip, James Riley’s excellent new cultural history of the 1960s, makes clear – the embodiment of a decade marked by violence, disorder and fear

No sides taken in this wide-ranging look back at the years of the Troubles

No sides taken in this wide-ranging look back at the years of the Troubles

In Malachi O’Doherty’s typically freewheeling and idiosyncratic new book, he imagines meeting his teenage self and telling him what the next half century was to bring

Book review: Automating the News: How Algorithms are Rewriting the Media

Book review: Automating the News: How Algorithms are Rewriting the Media

A good news story about the future of journalism

Book review: My Friend Anna

Book review: My Friend Anna

Story of Soho grifter makes a compelling summer read

Book review: Nobber

Book review: Nobber

Surreal, plague-ridden tale is set to become an Irish cult classic

Book review: The Great Successor: The Secret Rise and Rule of Kim Jong Un

Book review: The Great Successor: The Secret Rise and Rule of Kim Jong Un

A clear-eyed portrait of a cold-blooded tyrant

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

Remembering one of the Troubles’ most wanton murders

Remembering one of the Troubles’ most wanton murders

Former RTÉ producer David Blake Knox has used the story of Thomas Niedermayer and his ill-fated family as a springboard for a consistently thought-provoking read

Could artificial intelligence turn out to be mankind’s ultimate salvation?

Could artificial intelligence turn out to be mankind’s ultimate salvation?

It’s intriguing to consider how optimistic James Lovelock is about artificial intelligence and its capacity to keep the planet from implosion

Fogeyish façade fails to disguise Gove’s burning ambition

Fogeyish façade fails to disguise Gove’s burning ambition

An atmospheric and haunting tale of innocence corrupted

An atmospheric and haunting tale of innocence corrupted

True Blue detective escapade makes for a lot of guilty fun

True Blue detective escapade makes for a lot of guilty fun

Looking back at the brutal end to the deadliest conflict

Looking back at the brutal end to the deadliest conflict

Nuremberg-born writer and documentary-maker Florian Huber uncovers the stories of the farmers, shopkeepers, students, journalists, home-makers, children and retirees who were far from either front in the final days of the war