The World of Books The recent incident involving two fair-haired Roma children being taken into protection by the Garda has raised concerns about the arbitrary intervention of the State in some circumstances. It also revealed, which is of just as much concern, that folklore about Roma, or Romany, or Gypsies, is rife in Ireland. Merely changing the…

Consolations of the Forest: Alone in cabin in the middle Taiga, by Sylvain Tesson (Allen Lane, €18.99 / £16.99) Tóchar: Walking Ireland’s ancient pilgrim paths, by Darach MacDonald (New Island Books, €14.99 / £12.99)

The South Circular Road Dublin on the eve of the First World War by Catherine Scuffil (Four Courts Press / Maynooth Studies in Local History, €8.95/£7.95) A Portrait of Dublin in Maps by Muiris de Buitléir (Gill & Macmillan, €29.99 / £26.99)