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Book reviews: Haughey given too much credit for peace process role

'A Failed Political Entity’: Charles Haughey and the Northern Ireland Question, 1945-1992 by Stephen Kelly, published by Merrion Press Reviewed by Robert McNamara WHEN Charles Haughey was found to have been involved in the arms crisis in April 1970, the reaction of observers was surprise as the then minister of finance had barely mentioned Northern Ireland over the previous decade.

Book Reviews: The House of Birds a richly engaging read

FICTION The House Of Birds by Morgan McCarthy, published in hardback by Tinder Press READ beyond the initial awkwardness of childhood friends Kate and Oliver's tenuous romance and you're rewarded with a book that's richly engaging.

The poetic ‘soul' of Michael Longley

Joanne Sweeney
POET Michael Longley is finalising his latest collection which he says is his best to date. He tells Joanne Sweeney why nothing beats the feeling when the words of a poem come together.

Women of war

WOMEN'S literary expressions of war have long been neglected in Irish scholarship, but the latest publication from UCD Press seeks to redress this imbalance.

Sophia Hillan's new love story from Belfast to Berlin

Joanne Sweeney
THE intertwined story of two very different women from Belfast and how they tried to understand the truth of their lives lies behind The Way We Danced, the haunting new novel from Sophia Hillan.

Patricia Cornwell: I celebrated turning 60 by getting busier

Hannah Stephenson
AS forensic favourite Kay Scarpetta returns for a 24th instalment, bestselling thriller writer Patricia Cornwell talks to Hannah Stephenson about plastic surgery, how the dramas in her own life have given her a thicker skin, and why she was happy to ignore her 60th birthday.

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