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Stibbe extracts humour from miserable chaos

Stibbe extracts humour from miserable chaos

A rare talent born out of familial strife and sadness

A rare talent born out of familial strife and sadness

Johnson channels Churchillian resolve in a rambling tribute

Johnson channels Churchillian resolve in a rambling tribute

Hornby returns to form as he looks back to Swinging London

Hornby returns to form as he looks back to Swinging London

Fine study of Ireland’s zealous reformer

Fine study of Ireland’s zealous reformer

It’s not cricket

It’s not cricket

Joseph O’Neill made his literary name with the post-9/11 cricket novel Netherland, but his follow-up The Dog transports the reader to a very different time and place: the gleaming desert artifice of Dubai

Human existence in all its strangeness

Human existence in all its strangeness

Likeable memoir that fizzles out before its end

Likeable memoir that fizzles out before its end

Working two jobs for very little living

Working two jobs for very little living

Entertaining ramblings inside Cleese’s head

Entertaining ramblings inside Cleese’s head

Forget the title: Ford’s still masterly at capturing America’s mood

Forget the title: Ford’s still masterly at capturing America’s mood

Brand’s manifesto is amusing, rambling and all too trite

Brand’s manifesto is amusing, rambling and all too trite

Shaking hands with the enemy

Shaking hands with the enemy

Talking To Terrorists How to End Armed Conflicts By Jonathan Powell Bodley Head, €17.99

A spiritual meander of a novel that goes nowhere, slowly

A spiritual meander of a novel that goes nowhere, slowly

Lila By Marilynne Robinson Virago, €16.99

Story of  a separation is crafted with genuine skill

Story of a separation is crafted with genuine skill