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by Alan Glynn
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars Everything a conspiracy thriller should be, 7 Oct. 2011
This review is from: Bloodland (Paperback)
When I was reading this book several things stood out. The first was texture. As with Limitless, on which the movie of the same name is based, Glynn's writerly craft shines. In a market populated by novels that desperately try to rush you over the stylistic dullness of the writer by copying Dan Brown's turn-the-page-slot-machine-pay-off-promise to keep you from chucking the book in the bin, Glynn is a really good writer. His paragraphing is sharp and lean, and dialogue, both inner and spoken, rolls and flicks with a perfection that has surely come from years of dedication to his craft.

The second thing that resonated with me was his insight into the hubris, lust and greed that both fuelled the rise of recent Irish economic glory and poetically brought about the ugly and graceless collapse the followed. Bloodland, as with its predecessor Winterland, is darkly insightful into this chapter of Ireland's story, and Glynn's contribution to our collective understanding of what we did to ourselves is as good as it gets.

Thirdly, this is a just great read. You know when you start a book, and after a few pages you smile to yourself and nod because you know this is a good one? Well, this is it. The characters, especially ex-Irish prime minister Larry Bolger, are terrific. The plot is conspiracy-theory writing at its best; layered, international, gripping. There is obviously a dept of research behind this story and as with all great writers in this genre, Glynn has an obvious passion and respect for what he does.

So, if you want an intelligent, well written and insightful thriller, this is it. Enjoy.

These green fields
These green fields
by Stephen Shaw
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars These Green Fields: A Review, 15 Oct. 2010
This review is from: These green fields (Paperback)
I read Shaw's book expecting a fury of ash and sliotar, but instead I found a novel that has a gentleness and affection wrapped around the author's passion for this singular sport. There is fury to be sure, but much more besides.

The story follows the yearning and determination of its central characters, and through these it opens the reader to a love of an ancient sport that explains the very heart of Gaelic games and why they have endured.

The writer has not only paid his homage to the game, but shown great respect and understanding to the culture it is from. If one wanted an understanding of the game of hurling, then this is perhaps the most endearing starts they could hope to make.

For anyone on your Christmas list with a curiosity for Irish sport, Shaw is your man.

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