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Biography of Apple’s totem goes the extra mile

Biography of Apple’s totem goes the extra mile

biogrAPhy

Instead of a real story, it’s just the facts

Instead of a real story, it’s just the facts

Non-fiction

Balkan war story sacrifices real impact for intellect

Balkan war story sacrifices real impact for intellect

Fiction

False highs and flat endings let down Italian novellas

False highs and flat endings let down Italian novellas

Cocaine

Examining the latent potency of Eurovision

Examining the latent potency of Eurovision

NON- FICTION

Exploration of a nationalist narrative that lost its way

Exploration of a nationalist narrative that lost its way

Non-fiction: Young Ireland and the Writing of Irish History. By James Quinn. UCD Press, €34. Reviewed by Diarmuid Francis Bolger

Swedish showman unveils his secrets of slick salesmanship

Swedish showman unveils his secrets of slick salesmanship

Non-fiction: The Sell: The Secrets of Selling Anything to Anyone. By Fredrik Eklund with Bruce Littlefield. Piatkus, €19. Reviewed by David Clerkin

Sociological tome’s original approach let down by stereotypes

Sociological tome’s original approach let down by stereotypes

Non-fiction: Move Up: Why Some Cultures Advance While Others Don’t. By Clotaire Rapaille and Andrés Roemer. Allen Lane, €23. Reviewed by Andrew Lynch

Lehane’s crime caper can’t escape its televisual roots

Lehane’s crime caper can’t escape its televisual roots

fiction: World Gone By. By Dennis Lehane. Little, Brown, €19a. Reviewed by Kevin Power

Journey of dark places isn’t always a compelling one

Journey of dark places isn’t always a compelling one

Memoir: How I Got Into Art School. (And Out of Prison). By William McLellan. Old Street Publishing. €13.30. Reviewed by Kevin Power

Behavioural study is too dry for its own good

Behavioural study is too dry for its own good

Non-fiction: Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioural Economics. By Richard H Thaler. Allen Lane, €26.60. Reviewed by Brendan Daly

Paperback writers

Paperback writers

Unravelling Oliver

Picking through the ruins of life during wartime

Picking through the ruins of life during wartime

FICTION: A God In Ruins. By Kate Atkinson. Doubleday, €19. Reviewed by Sarah Gilmartin.

Fitting up the wrong man for a murder most foul

Fitting up the wrong man for a murder most foul

Non-fiction: The Framing of Harry Gleeson. By Kieran Fagan. Collins Press, €13. Reviewed by Dermot Bolger

As easy as falling off a blog

As easy as falling off a blog

Non-fiction: When To Rob A Bank: A Rogue Economist’s Guide to the World. By Steven D Levitt and Stephen J Dubner. Allen Lane, €16. Reviewed by David Clerkin