Trio By William Boyd

Trio By William Boyd

Mr Boyd is a consummate storyteller, cleverly knitting together four essential strands, namely Plot, Character, Narrative and Pace, and, adding to that, sharp, witty Dialogue and Descriptive Prose, and you have a novel worth reading. Another element has crept back into his writing canon, and that is humour. Early books...

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Hail to the Chief?!

Hail to the Chief?!

Where would caricaturists be without politicians? Whilst the occasional Kennedy or Obama is blessed with a fairly normal array of facial features, for the most part Nixon, Eisenhower and LBJ set the tone somewhere between ‘bulldog’ and ‘horrific fire at Madame Tussauds’. As a president, Trump very much hewed close...

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The Crack that lets in the Light

The Crack that lets in the Light

If a journey begins with a single step, so an architect’s design begins with a single line. Yards multiply to become miles, lines on blank paper may emerge as no more than a walk to the bus or expand into a great adventure. A journeyman’s best attempt, or a path...

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Relic

Relic

Horror deals with fear of the unknown and in most cases that ‘unknown’ is death. Our own inevitable end is frightening on such a profound level that when horror films try to scare us, they usually have to dress it up with blood-crazed werewolves or giggling ghosts. In contrast Relic,...

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The Human Voice

The Human Voice

The new short by Pedro Almodóvar makes the bold statement that getting dumped sucks. ‘Freely adapted’ (in the words of the credits) from a play by Jean Cocteau, The Human Voice whips by in a svelte, perfectly engineered thirty minutes that would leave me hungry for more if it wasn’t...

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The Irish Cultural Centre has announced the ICC Digital Literary Festival, launching their 25th anniversary celebrations

The Irish Cultural Centre has announced the ICC Digital Literary Festival, launching their 25th anniversary celebrations

The Irish Cultural Centre (ICC) has announced the upcoming Digital Literary Festival – a celebration of contemporary Irish writing, which will form the centrepiece of its autumn cultural programme. The festival will showcase some of the stalwarts of Irish literature, the writers behind many prize-winning works, alongside more recent bestselling...

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Level Up: The Metaverse

Level Up: The Metaverse

  The 30-year transformation from the original World Wide Web to the first commercial quantum computer or virtual reality headset represents a technological escalation with no signs of slowing down. Computer processing power has increased exponentially, an unbelievable one trillion times since its invention. Yet a dystopia may be right...

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Beating the Beast

Beating the Beast

As real life battles are taking place in deadly earnest across the globe, so battles have continued to take place across the checkered board of chess. Chess 9LX which took place in September, organised by the St. Louis Chess Club, was as most elite tournaments are now, an online tournament....

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Possessor

Possessor

The ultimate accolade for a creator (besides earning vast tranches of money) is to get your own adjective: Kafkaesque, Dickensian etc. Not only is it inarguable proof that you’ve ‘made it’ (see again: vast tranches of money) but proof that your artistic vision is so acute that anyone else attempting...

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Entangled Life

Entangled Life

The subtitle for this mighty, academic tome is How Fungi Make our Worlds, Change our Minds and Shape our Futures, which is quite a statement in itself. My knowledge of fungi is limited to food and the various mushrooms one chooses at the market. I knew nothing, or very little,...

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