John Banville’s books of the year
  • Books
  • November 30, 2013, 06:00

Charles Townshend is that rare phenomenon, a historian with a fine prose style. His latest study in Irish history, The Republic: The Fight for Iris(...)

A detail of a caricature drawing of the composer Igor Stravinsky playing the music for The Rite of Spring by  Jean Cocteau

Igor Stravinsky’s ballet score for Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring) became a modernist classic after its raucous opening night a cent(...)

Fearghus Ó Conchúir performing Cure

Theatre audiences are only ever warned about strobe lighting and nudity. One causes epileptic fits, but what’s so dangerous about the other? Qu(...)