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Revival of Friel oldie still resonates

Revival of Friel oldie still resonates

Theatre: Lovers. By Brian Friel. Directed by Julie Kelleher. Everyman Theatre, Cork. Runs until July 25 (excluding Sundays). Rating: 4/5

A fictional awakening

A fictional awakening

American author Emily Lockhart says that young adults embrace the experimentation in her bestselling family saga, We Were Liars

The sky gods of a vanished age

The sky gods of a vanished age

The importance of aviation to Ireland’s social and cultural history is well documented in a lavishly illustrated new hardback.

Contemporary sequel to Wilde classic is bold and relevant

Contemporary sequel to Wilde classic is bold and relevant

Theatre: The Importance of Being Honest. By Billie Traynor. Directed by Liam Halligan. Bewley’s Café Theatre @ Powerscourt until July 25. Rating 3/5

Reads for a sunny day

Reads for a sunny day

The bookshops are bursting with books for the slow summer days, but which ones should you pack into your suitcase? Here are the finest fictions for all kinds of tastes to be read and enjoyed in summer 2015

A cautionary tale of the good times

A cautionary tale of the good times

Remember when Irish banks were being called the best in the world? In his new novel, The Mark and The Void, Skippy Dies author Paul Murray tackles the grand illusions of the boom and its terrible aftermath. In this extract, banker Claude Martingale r

Memoirs, music, murders and madness

Memoirs, music, murders and madness

If you’re looking for a non-fiction read to bring to the beach, search no further. We pick the best politics, history, arts and culture reads to enjoy this summer

Paperback of the week

Paperback of the week

Memoir: Woman in the Making: A Memoir. By Rory O’Neill. Hachette Books Ireland, €13. Reviewed by Nadine O’Regan.

Secrets and lies and social issues

Secrets and lies and social issues

FICTION: Tanglewood. By Dermot Bolger. New Island Press, €14. Reviewed by Sara Keating.

A scandalous woman in 18th century Dublin

A scandalous woman in 18th century Dublin

biography: Peg Plunkett: Memoirs of an Irish Whore. By Julie Peakman. Quercus, €19. Reviewed by Joanne Hayden.

Understanding Iraq’s collapse

Understanding Iraq’s collapse

Memoir: The Unravelling: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq. By Emma Sky. Atlantic Books, €25.25. Reviewed by Andrew Lynch

Biting, bittersweet take on love in the overshared age

Biting, bittersweet take on love in the overshared age

Art/humour: Love Sick. By Jessie Cave. Ebury Press, €13. Reviewed by Nadine O’Regan

Non-fiction: A take on how to handle China's rise

Non-fiction: A take on how to handle China's rise

NON-Fiction: Dealing With China. y Henry M Paulson Jnr. Headline, €34 . Reviewed by Andrew Lynch.

Belinda McKeon: Tender is the write

Belinda McKeon: Tender is the write

The roots of Belinda McKeon’s new novel, an intense exploration of the decaying friendship between a naive young woman and her gay best friend, date all the way back to the late 1990s and a very different Ireland. Picture: Feargal Ward

Book review: A Fortunate Age

Book review: A Fortunate Age

Non-fiction: A Fortunate Age. By Joanna Rakoff. Bloomsbury, €22.60. Reviewed by Colette Sexton