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The literary side of summer

The literary side of summer

We’ve had the mother of all winters so we deserve a little summer in our lives. And with summer holidays come lazy days at the beach and a chance to put your feet up and read, read, read

Donald Maclean: The spy who came in from the East

Donald Maclean: The spy who came in from the East

Roland Philipps unravels this story with skill and suspense

Bibi: A ‘man of destiny’ whose legacy is a fractured Israel

Bibi: A ‘man of destiny’ whose legacy is a fractured Israel

Benjamin Netanyahu's ultimate legacy will not be a more secure nation, but a deeply fractured Israeli society living behind walls

Sittenfeld grows in stature with skilful short stories

Sittenfeld grows in stature with skilful short stories

Curtis Sittenfeld has always written brilliantly about young adulthood, and her characters are often wrestling with the remnants of their younger selves

Nesbo’s Macbeth is a relentless mire of murder

Nesbo’s Macbeth is a relentless mire of murder

Taking place in a fictional unnamed 'town without sun' around the year 1970, Nesbo’s setting is grimmer than a month of Sundays in the Siberian midlands

Searching for some good cheer in the London of the Blitz

Searching for some good cheer in the London of the Blitz

AJ Pearce is a natural storyteller with a light and witty touch, and the book is at its best when it embraces absurdity

Comey is revealed as the author of his own downfall

Comey is revealed as the author of his own downfall

There’s very little about the book’s main selling point – Comey’s battle with Trump – that we don’t already know

Anatomy of a national tragedy waiting to happen

Anatomy of a national tragedy waiting to happen

For Irish conspiracy theorists, few subjects have provided more fertile ground than the killing of Michael Collins at Béal na Bláth on August 22, 1922

Humanity and understanding shine through nurse’s memoir

Humanity and understanding shine through nurse’s memoir

The Language of Kindness puts other memoirs to shame, by narrating an ordinary working life which nevertheless confronts the dark, the sublime and transcendental

Rachman questions the theory that bad behaviour creates great art

Rachman questions the theory that bad behaviour creates great art

Bear Bavinksy is a monster, enabled and facilitated by a society that gives licence to the notion that the genius artist can live by different rules

Accentuate the positive by sticking up for the facts

Accentuate the positive by sticking up for the facts

The content of Factfulness can often be revelatory and convincing

Six counties, 20 vital books

Six counties, 20 vital books

From Blair to de Bréadún, McKittrick to Moloney, Andrew Lynch presents a selection of the best books about the Northern conflict

A snapshot of Ireland at a turning point

A snapshot of Ireland at a turning point

At times Repeal the 8th starts to read like a lesson in civics, or a public safety announcement from a parallel-universe Ireland. Amid these passages, however, there’s a great deal of brilliance

Using clear sight to shed fresh light on belief and unbelief

Using clear sight to shed fresh light on belief and unbelief

With great care, John Gray scrapes away the mould of error and illusion that has grown across the surface of the human world

Powers’s prose enchants as he explores the secret life of plants

Powers’s prose enchants as he explores the secret life of plants

Richard Powers’s stories trace the faultline between scientific rationalism and a literary (or even romantic) humanism