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Liza Klaussmann is making literary waves of her own with her new novel Villa America

Liza Klaussmann is making literary waves of her own with her new novel Villa America

A direct descendant of Moby Dick author Herman Melville, Klaussmann draws inspiration from the Gilded Age adventures of F Scott Fitzgerald

Hipsters’ choice is curious and compelling

Hipsters’ choice is curious and compelling

Paperback of the week

Intriguing profile of a true child prodigy

Intriguing profile of a true child prodigy

Non-fiction: The Boy Who Played With Fusion: Extreme Science, Extreme Parenting and How to Make a Star. By Tom Clynes. Faber & Faber, €22.60.

Insider Trading: Like it, want it, covet it

Insider Trading: Like it, want it, covet it

Blood-soaked history of ‘a hell of a drug’

Blood-soaked history of ‘a hell of a drug’

Non-FICTION: Zero Zero Zero. By Roberto Saviano. Translated by Virginia Jewiss. Allen Lane, €20.

The outsider: Elif Shafak

The outsider: Elif Shafak

Elif Shafak has won numerous fans for the ambitious scope of her work, but the acclaimed author remains a highly polarising figure in her homeland of Turkey.

Ambitious Beckett biography covers a broad spectrum

Ambitious Beckett biography covers a broad spectrum

Non-fiction: Undoing Time: The Life and Work of Samuel Beckett. Jennifer Birkett. Irish Academic Press, €33.25.

Against the norm? Child-free writers explain themselves

Against the norm? Child-free writers explain themselves

Non-fiction: Selfish, Shallow and Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision Not to Have Kids. Edited by Meghan Daum. Picador, €23.90.

Zink’s zesty debut is a swinging affair

Zink’s zesty debut is a swinging affair

Fiction; The Wallcreeper; By Nell Zink; Fourth Estate, €27

No art for art’s sake as Barnes gets forensic

No art for art’s sake as Barnes gets forensic

Non-Fiction: Keeping an Eye Open: Essays on Art. By Julian Barnes. Jonathan Cape, €23.

Marvel’s latest effort tries its hand at comedy

Marvel’s latest effort tries its hand at comedy

Cinema: Ant-Man. Directed by Peyton Reed. Nationwide, cert 12A. Rating: ***. The Salt of the Earth. Directed by Wim Wenders and Juliano Rubeiro Salgado. Selected, cert 12A. Rating: ****. The Gallows (nationwide, cert 15A). Unseasonal found-footage ab

An intriguing footnote to undera’s unquenchable lightness of being

An intriguing footnote to undera’s unquenchable lightness of being

fiction: The Festival of Insignificance. By Milan Kundera. Faber & Faber, €20.

The hopes and dreams of those who made Ireland

The hopes and dreams of those who made Ireland

NON-FICTION: Handbook of the Irish Revival: An Anthology of Irish Cultural and Political Writings, 1891-1922. Edited by Declan Kiberd and PJ Matthews. Abbey Theatre Press, €18.90

Legendary neurologist makes one last Move before the end

Legendary neurologist makes one last Move before the end

Non-fiction: On The Move: A Life. By Oliver Sacks.Picador, €29.20.

Division and curiosity in new Harper Lee novel

Division and curiosity in new Harper Lee novel

Fiction: Go Set a Watchman. By Harper Lee. William Heinemann, €24.