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Talking shop with the queen of the high street

Talking shop with the queen of the high street

Memoir: Shop Girl: A Memoir. By Mary Portas. Doubleday, €20. Reviewed by Sara Keating

One woman’s fight to be heard in a male world

One woman’s fight to be heard in a male world

Non-fiction: Laughing All The Way To The Mosque. By Zarqa Nawaz. Virago, €16.99. Reviewed by Joanne Hayden

An unrepeatable experiment that gave hope to thousands of Dubliners

An unrepeatable experiment that gave hope to thousands of Dubliners

history: The Mount Street Club. By Peter Somerville-Large, Mary E Daly and Colin Murphy. Foxrock Media Ltd, €19.99. Reviewed by Dermot Bolger

Ambitious historical novel fails to engage

Ambitious historical novel fails to engage

FICTION: Wayfaring Stranger. By James Lee Burke. Orion, €18. Reviewed by Joanne Hayden

First Person: Colman Noctor

First Person: Colman Noctor

Colman Noctor, 37, child psychotherapist, Dublin

A sister’s attempt to make sense of a sudden suicide

A sister’s attempt to make sense of a sudden suicide

Non-fiction: History of a Suicide: My Sister’s Unfinished Life. By Jill Bialosky. Granta Books, €21.50. Reviewed by Niall Crumlish

Youth quake

Youth quake

For three decades, Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore were at the heart of acclaimed avant-rock outfit Sonic Youth. Then he cheated on her, causing the break-up of both the band and their marriage – two events described in unstinting detail in her compell

Paperback writers

Paperback writers

The Sex Lives Of Siamese Twins. By Irvine Welsh. Jonathan Cape, €10.05.

Giving a contemporary twist to the death of Christ

Giving a contemporary twist to the death of Christ

fiction: Acts Of The Assassins. By Richard Beard. Harvill Secker, €23. Reviewed by Declan Burke

Lifting the lid on the US’s ‘man-made hell’

Lifting the lid on the US’s ‘man-made hell’

Non-fiction: Murder At Camp Delta. By Joseph Hickman. Simon & Schuster, €18.90. Reviewed by Rob Doyle.

A thought provoking analysis of Ireland’s own take on the roaring Twenties

A thought provoking analysis of Ireland’s own take on the roaring Twenties

Non-fiction: A Formative Decade: Ireland in the 1920s. Edited by Mel Farrell, Jason Knirck and Ciara Meehan. Irish Academic Press, €25. Reviewed by Dermot Bolger

Debut novel tackles 1916 and the fortunes of a somewhat reluctant feminist

Debut novel tackles 1916 and the fortunes of a somewhat reluctant feminist

fiction: What Becomes of Us. By Henrietta McKervey. Hachette Books Ireland, €17.50. Reviewed by Sara Keating

A clear-eyed account from a minimalist master

A clear-eyed account from a minimalist master

Autobiography: Words Without Music. By Philip Glass. Faber & Faber, €30. Reviewed by Jonathan O’Brien

Artistic Licence: O’Brien’s fine line

Artistic Licence: O’Brien’s fine line

The dangers of choosing to play the shame game

The dangers of choosing to play the shame game

Non-fiction: Is Shame Necessary? New Uses for an Old Tool. By Jennifer Jacquet. Allen Lane, €23. So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed. By Jon Ronson. Picador, €19. Reviewed by Anna Carey