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Space to Think, a new book celebrating ten years of the Dublin Review of Books More Information 

    The Curator of Chiaroscuro

    Sean Sheehan
    Sebastião Salgado’s latest book of photographs represents nature more as a New Age dream of harmony rather than the random mayhem and violent contingency it actually is.

    The Stilled World

    Nicola Gordon Bowe
    Unsentimental, sparing and unspecific, the painter Patrick Pye has sought figurative images to represent symbolically “the archetypes of our humanity” depicted in an alternative universe where expiation has been achieved.

    Birds, beasts and flowers

    Gerald Dawe
    DH Lawrence’s poetry offers a record of the powerful current of physical pleasure, the elusive joy of witnessing that which is different, and the kind of opinionated prickliness when things are not what they seem to be or should be.

    The Meaning of Ryanair

    Michael Cronin
    Orwell got it wrong. It is not governments but banks, insurance companies, pension funds and low-cost airlines, the raucous cheerleaders of deregulation, that oppress and stupefy us with a network of small and baffling rules.

    The Gentleman Naturalist

    David Askew
    Charles Darwin’s theories of natural selection and evolution have weathered well and he cannot be held responsible for those who have developed a repugnant politics on the back of a vulgarisation of them.

    One Book, Two Cities

    Tom Wall
    James Plunkett’s classic novel reminds us of a society in which the poorest lived in the most appalling and hopeless conditions and the middle and upper classes were barely conscious of their existence.

    A Millionaire of Words

    Morten Høi Jensen
    Joyce’s funny, moving and infuriating masterpiece should send us, not into the cold and sterile embrace of the examination room, but out again into the warm and throbbing world.

    Trompe l’Oeil

    Keith Payne
    All is very far from what it seems in a literary mystery novel by poet Ciaran Carson set in Belfast and Paris.

    1916 As Spectacle

    Angus Mitchell
    In an age when martyrdom is demonised and tagged with notions of fanaticism and people are reluctant to protest for a cause let alone die for one, 1916 presents an easy target.


    The Wild Harvest

    Cormac Ó Gráda
    Before the inexorable advance of the conifer, the picking of wild berries on Irish hillsides often provided a welcome seasonal boost in income for poorer rural families.