Diana Hendry

Dublin double act: Love, by Roddy Doyle, reviewed

17 October 2020 9:00 am

Far be it from me to utter a word against the patron saint of Dublin pubs, Roddy Doyle. Granted he’s…

Unreliable memories: Laura Laura, by Richard Francis, reviewed

15 August 2020 9:00 am

Just imagine: you reach a certain age and you become your own unreliable narrator. Gerald Walker, the protagonist of Richard…

Violence and cross-dressing in post-bellum Tennessee: A Thousand Moons, by Sebastian Barry, reviewed

21 March 2020 9:00 am

It was perhaps a mistake to re-read Sebastian Barry’s award-winning Days Without End before its sequel, A Thousand Moons, since…

Does questioning women about their sex lives constitute harassment?

24 January 2020 10:00 pm

Alert to the combination of a controversial issue and a brilliant writer, Serpent’s Tail have bought This is a Pleasure,…

Lusting after Bathsheba: Lux, by Elizabeth Cook, reviewed

8 June 2019 9:00 am

The novel is a wonderfully commodious creature. One might wish they made trousers like it, for it can stretch or…

Too much American angst: the latest short stories reviewed

25 August 2018 9:00 am

In ‘A Prize for Every Player’ — one of 12 stories in Days of Awe, a new collection by A.M.…

Is City on Fire just a box set masquerading as a novel?

17 October 2015 8:00 am

Ninety pages into the juggernaut that is City on Fire, I begin to think that this is really a box…

My First Love

30 August 2014 9:00 am

I made the mistake of getting in touch with him twenty years after – invited him to stay. He was…

The Shock of the Fall is a worthy Costa Book of the Year

15 February 2014 9:00 am

About 30 pages in and unable to find my bearings, I flipped to the end of this novel — well,…