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Giving a contemporary twist to the death of Christ

Giving a contemporary twist to the death of Christ

fiction: Acts Of The Assassins. By Richard Beard. Harvill Secker, €23. Reviewed by Declan Burke

Lifting the lid on the US’s ‘man-made hell’

Lifting the lid on the US’s ‘man-made hell’

Non-fiction: Murder At Camp Delta. By Joseph Hickman. Simon & Schuster, €18.90. Reviewed by Rob Doyle.

A thought provoking analysis of Ireland’s own take on the roaring Twenties

A thought provoking analysis of Ireland’s own take on the roaring Twenties

Non-fiction: A Formative Decade: Ireland in the 1920s. Edited by Mel Farrell, Jason Knirck and Ciara Meehan. Irish Academic Press, €25. Reviewed by Dermot Bolger

Debut novel tackles 1916 and the fortunes of a somewhat reluctant feminist

Debut novel tackles 1916 and the fortunes of a somewhat reluctant feminist

fiction: What Becomes of Us. By Henrietta McKervey. Hachette Books Ireland, €17.50. Reviewed by Sara Keating

A clear-eyed account from a minimalist master

A clear-eyed account from a minimalist master

Autobiography: Words Without Music. By Philip Glass. Faber & Faber, €30. Reviewed by Jonathan O’Brien

Artistic Licence: O’Brien’s fine line

Artistic Licence: O’Brien’s fine line

The dangers of choosing to play the shame game

The dangers of choosing to play the shame game

Non-fiction: Is Shame Necessary? New Uses for an Old Tool. By Jennifer Jacquet. Allen Lane, €23. So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed. By Jon Ronson. Picador, €19. Reviewed by Anna Carey

Rich narrative from an Irish writer to watch

Rich narrative from an Irish writer to watch

Fiction: Last Night On Earth. By Kevin Maher. Little, Brown, €17.60. Reviewed by Kevin Power

Forensic view of science past and present takes an unusual approach

Forensic view of science past and present takes an unusual approach

HISTORY: To Explain the World: . The Discovery of Modern Science. By Steven Weinberg. Allen Lane, €25. Reviewed by Brendan Daly

Around the world in 50,000 pages

Around the world in 50,000 pages

Non-fiction:Reading the World: Confessions of a Literary. Explorer y Ann Morgan Harvill Secker, €21.50 Reviewed by Brendan Daly

Romantic  flight of fancy in a festive New York City

Romantic flight of fancy in a festive New York City

fiction: Meet Me In Manhattan. By Claudia Carroll. Avon/Harper Collins, €16.99. Reviewed by Sara Keating.

Death becomes her in a riveting analysis of mortality

Death becomes her in a riveting analysis of mortality

NON-FICTION: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes & Other Lessons from the Crematorium. By Caitlin Doughty. Canongate, €16.35. Reviewed by Kevin Power

Paperback writers

Paperback writers

Dept Of Speculation. By Jenny Offill. Granta, €11.40

History: A Nation And Not aRabble: The Irish Revolution 1913-1923. By Diarmaid Ferriter. Profile Books, €37.80. Reviewed by Emmanuel Kehoe.

History: A Nation And Not aRabble: The Irish Revolution 1913-1923. By Diarmaid Ferriter. Profile Books, €37.80. Reviewed by Emmanuel Kehoe.

On June 18, our nearest neighbour will be celebrating its victory at the battle of Waterloo, 200 years ago. It was, as the British commander the Duke of Wellington said, “a damned near-run thing”.

Artistic licence: No Direction home

Artistic licence: No Direction home