Books, Magazine /

Striving for perfection and nearly attaining it

Striving for perfection and nearly attaining it

10:04

Girls at their best

Girls at their best

Lately, it feels like you can’t move for interesting memoirs emerging from iconic female indie rock musicians. It’s a trend kick-started by the success of Patti Smith’s Just Kids memoir, a 2010 offering which won a large number of awards for the icon

Ellroy confidential

Ellroy confidential

James Ellroy’s novels of LA underworld life are taut and two-fisted, but in person the author is a more genial proposition than his bullish public image suggests.

Reckless but brave story of Mancunian misery

Reckless but brave story of Mancunian misery

In Real Life, By Chris Killen Canongate, €16.99, Reviewed by Rob Doyle

Fascinating exploration of art for art’s sake

Fascinating exploration of art for art’s sake

33 Artists In 3 Acts, By Sarah Thornton Granta, €24.99, Reviewed by Sara Keating

Lively look at the lords of the music industry

Lively look at the lords of the music industry

Cowboys And Indies

Ambitious historical novel starts with a murder

Ambitious historical novel starts with a murder

Retracing Gone Girl’s footsteps to sporadically chilling effect

Retracing Gone Girl’s footsteps to sporadically chilling effect

Frog is a slog, even for obsessives of the Far East

Frog is a slog, even for obsessives of the Far East

Frog By Mo Yan: Hamish Hamilton, €24 The awarding of the Nobel Prize for Literature to Chinese writer Mo Yan in 2012 provoked a curious class of controversy. Some felt it inappropriate, even a catastrophe, that a decidedly non-dissident Chinese would

More than quite a good memoir from lucid Lodge

More than quite a good memoir from lucid Lodge

Quite a Good Time to be Born A Memoir 1935-1975: By David Lodge Harvill Secker, €16.35 One of David Lodge’s claims to fame is that he invented a literary parlour game called ‘Humiliation’. Players are required to embarrass themselves by naming a clas

Baume shows off longform talent to its fullest

Baume shows off longform talent to its fullest

A quest to recover a fallen web empire

A quest to recover a fallen web empire

An erudite love story in early 1980s England

An erudite love story in early 1980s England

Their Lips Talk of Mischief By Alan Warner Faber & Faber, €19 Reviewed by Sara Keating

An Ulster crucible of creed and social class

An Ulster crucible of creed and social class

The House Where It Happened By Martina Devlin Ward River Press, €17

Quiet, pithy tales in the Athenian sun

Quiet, pithy tales in the Athenian sun

Outline By Rachel Cusk Faber, €21.50