A sneak preview of next Saturday’s Irish Times books pages


Our fiction coverage this Saturday includes John Self’s review of Green Glowing Skull by Gavin Corbett.

Eileen Battersby reviews Girl at War by Sara Novic.

Sarah Gilmartin reviews Things We Have in Common by Tasha Kavanagh.

Declan Burke’s crime column looks at Hush, Hush by Laura Lippman; Robert Olen Butler’s The Hot Country; Only We Know by Karen Perry (aka Karen Gillece and Paul Perry); Patricia Highsmith’s republished Those Who Walk Away; and Pierre Lemaitre’s Camille.

In Word for Word, Caroline Madden lists her pet literary peeves, from purple prose to the anticlimax.

And this week’s new poem is Song For The Magic Mountain by Macdara Woods.

In non-fiction, Keith Jeffery, professor of British history at Queen’s University Belfast and author of Ireland and the Great War, reviews Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania, by Erik Larson.

Diarmaid Ferriter, professor of modern Irish history at UCD, on 16 Lives: Willie Pearse by Róisín Ní Ghairbhí.

Andrew Hadfield, author of Edmund Spenser: A Life, on John Aubrey: My Own Life by Ruth Scurr.

Karl Whitney, author of Hidden City: Adventures and Explorations in Dublin, on Nightwalking: A Nocturnal History of London by Matthew Beaumont.

Author Anne Haverty looks at A Migrant Heart by Denis Sampson.

Anthea McTeirnan, an Irish Times journalist and a former chairwoman of the Irish Family Planning Association, on Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights by Katha Pollitt.