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Rich narrative from an Irish writer to watch

Rich narrative from an Irish writer to watch

Fiction: Last Night On Earth. By Kevin Maher. Little, Brown, €17.60. Reviewed by Kevin Power

Forensic view of science past and present takes an unusual approach

Forensic view of science past and present takes an unusual approach

HISTORY: To Explain the World: . The Discovery of Modern Science. By Steven Weinberg. Allen Lane, €25. Reviewed by Brendan Daly

Around the world in 50,000 pages

Around the world in 50,000 pages

Non-fiction:Reading the World: Confessions of a Literary. Explorer y Ann Morgan Harvill Secker, €21.50 Reviewed by Brendan Daly

Romantic  flight of fancy in a festive New York City

Romantic flight of fancy in a festive New York City

fiction: Meet Me In Manhattan. By Claudia Carroll. Avon/Harper Collins, €16.99. Reviewed by Sara Keating.

Death becomes her in a riveting analysis of mortality

Death becomes her in a riveting analysis of mortality

NON-FICTION: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes & Other Lessons from the Crematorium. By Caitlin Doughty. Canongate, €16.35. Reviewed by Kevin Power

Paperback writers

Paperback writers

Dept Of Speculation. By Jenny Offill. Granta, €11.40

History: A Nation And Not aRabble: The Irish Revolution 1913-1923. By Diarmaid Ferriter. Profile Books, €37.80. Reviewed by Emmanuel Kehoe.

History: A Nation And Not aRabble: The Irish Revolution 1913-1923. By Diarmaid Ferriter. Profile Books, €37.80. Reviewed by Emmanuel Kehoe.

On June 18, our nearest neighbour will be celebrating its victory at the battle of Waterloo, 200 years ago. It was, as the British commander the Duke of Wellington said, “a damned near-run thing”.

Artistic licence: No Direction home

Artistic licence: No Direction home

Sharp and saddening study of the national exodus

Sharp and saddening study of the national exodus

The Best Are Leaving. Emigration and Post-War Irish Culture. By Clair Wills. Cambridge University Press, €23. Reviewed by Kevin Power.

An unfortunate naut  ical saga full of cardboard cut-outs

An unfortunate naut ical saga full of cardboard cut-outs

We Are Pirates By Daniel Handler Bloomsbury, €15.10

An insurgency that’s destined for obscurity

An insurgency that’s destined for obscurity

The second instalment of Veronica Roth’s dystopian young-adult blockbuster novels, Insurgent stars Shailene Woodley as Tris, the leader of a small band of rebels trying to depose a tyrannical leader. The action takes place in a post-apocalyptic world

Laughing from the sidelines

Laughing from the sidelines

Satirists are often accused of carping from the margins and achieving nothing – but Garvan Grant, author of a light-hearted new look at Irish history, tells Fiona Ness they contribute to a healthier society.

Inside the vacant mind of a mass murderer

Inside the vacant mind of a mass murderer

One of Us The Story of Anders Breivik and the Massacre in Norway By Asne Seierstad; translated by Sarah Death Virago, €19

Italians and the art of illusion

Italians and the art of illusion

The Italians. By John Hooper. Allen Lane, €25. Reviewed by Jonathan O’Brien.

Paperback writers

Paperback writers

Second Life. By SJ Watson. Doubleday, €17