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A luminous tale of a life flashing past at speed

A luminous tale of a life flashing past at speed

No compromise as Ellroy gets back into his free-jazz groove

No compromise as Ellroy gets back into his free-jazz groove

Study of our recent political past finds few reasons to be cheerful

Study of our recent political past finds few reasons to be cheerful

Empire of Democracy by Simon Reid-Henry demonstrates the necessity of inquiry into our recent past. It yields insights that help us understand our present and imagine the possibilities of our future

Haunting, slow-paced award winner tells of love after the darkness

Haunting, slow-paced award winner tells of love after the darkness

Emily Ruskovich's Idaho is a narrative for readers who love to savour each word in a fiction, and who appreciate the value of a vividly etched description

An engaging study of Orwell’s 70-year-old political masterpiece

An engaging study of Orwell’s 70-year-old political masterpiece

Dorian Lynskey traces the genesis of Nineteen Eighty-Four back to the Spanish Civil War, in which Orwell fought with a Marxist militia, but saw his comrades torn apart by factionalism and propaganda

Wolff outside the tent for his second helping of White House gossip

Wolff outside the tent for his second helping of White House gossip

Siege, the sequel to Fire and Fury, picks up the story in February 2018, covering Trump’s second year in office with much the same mixture of moral outrage, melodramatic analysis and titillating anecdotes

Beautiful, brutal tale moves from global to personal consequences

Beautiful, brutal tale moves from global to personal consequences

Tash Aw’s new novel We, The Survivors delivers an account of a murder, as revealed by Ah Hock, a villager of Chinese descent living in Malaysia

A powerful polemic that takes political ideas to the next level

A powerful polemic that takes political ideas to the next level

Like the best political economists, Michael O’Sullivan is able to show examples of the transitions taking place across multiple fields — economics, international finance, politics, international relations

Meticulously researched account of how curtain came down on Kenny

Meticulously researched account of how curtain came down on Kenny

O’Connor on form with a novel that plays with the past

O’Connor on form with a novel that plays with the past

A memoir of grief finds some beauty between emotional troughs

A memoir of grief finds some beauty between emotional troughs

Struggle to normalise black hair is a race that’s not yet run

Struggle to normalise black hair is a race that’s not yet run

Emma Dabiri’s experiences with having hair that 'has been disappointing people since my birth' infuse Don’t Touch My Hair with a cold fury that enlivens her well-researched text and well-argued discourse

Boland brings us on a journey worth taking

Boland brings us on a journey worth taking

Rosita Boland consistently pulls off the difficult balancing act of conveying her emotional pain without descending into self-pity

Eloquent novel is easy to admire but hard to love

Eloquent novel is easy to admire but hard to love

Dublin Palms sees Hugo Hamilton delving into his own past to tell the tale of a nameless narrator and his wife who move back to our capital from Berlin in the 1980s

A singular man accepts his unjust fate in a graceful memoir

A singular man accepts his unjust fate in a graceful memoir