Category: Reviews

Recent Books in Brief

The Living Gospel: Daily Devotions for Lent 2018 by Ann M. Garrido (Ave Maria Press / Alban Books, £2.99)   The Feast of the Nativity just over, and the New Year hardly begun, then the mind of the Church turns towards Lent, which begins less than three weeks from now, Easter being this year on…

Alfie Byrne: The representative Dubliner

Alfie: The Life and Times of Alfie Byrne by Trevor White (Penguin Ireland, €20.00)   Almost alone, Alfie Byrne survives in the larger public memory as the quintessential Lord Mayor of Dublin, almost a ‘Mr Dublin’. The chance play of politics meant that he filled the office for a decade, between the three man commission…

A feast of new year releases for the big screen

There’s a mouth-watering pairing of Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep in Steven Spielberg’s The Post. The title refers to The Washington Post, the newspaper that brought down Richard Nixon after the Watergate scandal. Set in 1971, this centres on a leaked government study of the Vietnam war which basically admitted it was unwinnable. Streep plays…

The Brexit disaster: 
the Irish perspective

Brexit & Ireland: The Dangers, the Opportunities, and the Inside Story of the Irish Response by Tony Connelly (Penguin Ireland, €20) Joe
 Carroll   Tony Connelly is RTÉ’s European Correspondent based in Brussels. He reports on EU affairs with clarity and precision and he analyses developments as they affect Ireland with insight and detachment. In other words…

A comic turn in Provence

Quality Time at St Chinian by Patrick Masterson (Liberties Press, €14.99) Many people have enjoyed Ronald Searle’s The Terror of St Trinians and its sequel of comedy films. With an unmistakable reference to it in the title, Masterson provides a foretaste of this debut novel. Just as Searle described the eccentricities and idiocies of the staff…

Trump’s friends in the Kremlin

Collusion: How Russia Helped Trump Win the White House by Luke Harding (Guardian / Faber. £14.99) Peter 
Hegarty   It’s no secret that Vladimir Putin supported Donald Trump in the recent presidential election. The two men are kindred spirits, white nationalists who dream of returning their countries to past greatness. They have cooperated, and more closely than is…