A new book of George Bernard Shaw's letters to The Times compiled by Ronald Ford provides a fascinating insight into the wit and genius of a novelist, playwright and prolific letter writer, who witnessed much in his lifetime.
Replacements, replicas and readings
The story of Kilmainham jail's famous prisoners – DeValera, Robert Emmet, Charles Stewart Parnell – is well known. But a new book on the history of the jail gives an insight into the prisoners who were not famous.
Facing White relased by the Trinity College Oscar Wilde Centre; William Donaldson, a cautionary tale; Scientific discovery, fact and fiction
Journalist Philip Nolan spent a year travelling to 33 destinations in Europe with Ryanair. The result is a chaotic, bizarre and at times hilarious odyssey. Edward O'Hare reviews
Another Tolkien work discovered as Vonnegut dies and Wagner returns
It takes a mind as devious as a master criminal to write an original crime novel, says Edward O'Hare. Irish novelist Declan Burke shows cunning, humour and skill in his second novel, The Big O
Through his conversations with Patrick Kavanagh, Donegal weaver Charles McGlinchy gives us a glimpse of a forgotten Ireland when superstition ruled, the land was everything, and life was fuelled by words and stories. By Edward O'Hare
Redmond O'Hanlon reviews 'Are You Somebody?', the memoirs of Nuala O'Faolain, an unheld child who wrenched an inspirational story from her pain
Redmond O'Hanlon on Are You Somebody?, the memoirs of Nuala O'Faolain, an unheld child who wrenched an inspirational story from her pain