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Saggy, indulgent writing weakens latest de Bernières blockbuster

Saggy, indulgent writing weakens latest de Bernières blockbuster

Fiction: The Dust that Falls From Dreams. By Louis de Bernières. Harvill Secker, €19. Reviewed by Joanne Hayden

Pure class from Franzen as he hits the target again

Pure class from Franzen as he hits the target again

Fiction: Purity. By Jonathan Franzen. Fourth Estate, €27. Reviewed by Kevin Power

The influential life and death of an early republican

The influential life and death of an early republican

Biography/history.: Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa: Unrepentant Fenian.By Shane Kenna. Merrion Press, €19.95. Reviewed by Eoin Ó Broin

Get off the internet and renew your relationships

Get off the internet and renew your relationships

Sociology: The Village Effect: Why Face-to-Face Contact Matters. By Susan Pinker. Atlantic Books, €13.30. Reviewed by Andrew Lynch

Turn over a new   leaf for autumn

Turn over a new leaf for autumn

As the nights close in, readers are in for a treat as some of the biggest names in the publishing world release new work

Preserving the roots of the past

Preserving the roots of the past

Thomas Pakenham is on a lifelong quest to establish a living legacy – a majestic arboretum – on his family estate at Tullynally in Co Westmeath. In his new book, The Company of Trees, he recounts his efforts to preserve Ireland’s magnificent old tree

Haunted by the ghost of an insatiable tsarina

Haunted by the ghost of an insatiable tsarina

Banville remains a master of all he surveys

Banville remains a master of all he surveys

Fiction: The Blue Guitar. By John Banville. Viking, €17.25.

A gimlet eye analyses the anatomy of the self

A gimlet eye analyses the anatomy of the self

Non-fiction: Adventures in Human Being. By Gavin Francis. Profile Books, €20.

Original debut reflects one woman’s state of mind

Original debut reflects one woman’s state of mind

Fiction: Pond. By Claire-Louise Bennett. Stinging Fly. Press, €13.

Capitalism and all its contradictions

Capitalism and all its contradictions

Non-fiction: Capitalism: Money, Morals and Markets. By John Plender. Biteback, €26.60.

Collection proves a bittersweet read

Collection proves a bittersweet read

Essays and Fiction: The Opposite of Loneliness. By Marina Keegan. Simon and Schuster, €12.

South Africa’s troubled history viewed through a lens

South Africa’s troubled history viewed through a lens

fiction: Up Against the Night. By Justin Cartwright. Bloomsbury, €17.25.

A singular political life ground into bite-sized chunks

A singular political life ground into bite-sized chunks

Memoir: A Full Life: Reflections At Ninety. By Jimmy Carter. Simon & Schuster, €26.60.

Falling back in love with the narcissist

Falling back in love with the narcissist

Non-fiction: The Narcissist Test: How to Spot Outsized Egos .and the Surprising Things We Can Learn From Them. By Dr Craig Malkin. Harper Thorson, €15.