History, addiction and life through the eyes of a cow
Corporate skulduggery, cults and crime are just some of the wide range of subjects tackled in new publications over the next six months, writes Hilary A White
THE start of any year is always going to be crammed with self- help titles as people come out of the speed-wobble of Christmas and New Year. One that stands out, however, will be Slow At Work (Gill Books).
Food writer, events organiser and general wonder woman Aoife Mcelwain sets out her tips on how to “work less, achieve more and regain your balance in an always-on world”. Freelancers, take note.
Where The Past Begins (Fourth Estate) will see New York Times bestselling author Amy Tan recount her traumatic upbringing as the child of Chinese immigrants to the US. Open-heart surgery is expected... The same goes for Brave (HQ), the memoir of American actress Rose Mcgowan’s early years growing up in a cult.
Arthur Herman’s 1917 (Harper) looks like a fascinating historical and geopolitical investigation into how Vladimir Lenin and Woodrow Wilson changed the nature of foreign policy forever and ushered in a “new world disorder”. meanwhile, sees acclaimed US commentator Joanne Lipman build on the interest garnered by her Wall Street Journal article ‘Women at Work: A Guide for Men’ and expand its equality-in-the-workplace manifesto.
An issue beginning to come into sharp focus is screen addiction — meaning that Catherine Price’s How To Break Up With Your Phone (Tra-
‘Lynch can always be trusted to weave in hard truths’
peze) is most timely. In it, the science journalist vows to help you conquer your phone addiction in 30 days.
Waking addicts up to the seriousness of their problem might be a challenge, however.
Real-crime intrigue hopefully awaits us in The Good Mothers ( William Collins), Alex Perry’s saga about the heroic women caught at the centre of Italy’s largest mafia family, the ‘Ndrangheta.
Already people are getting excited about Maybe Esther (Fourth Estate), bestselling author Katja Petrowskaja’s telling of her family’s position at the centre of 20th-century European history.
Also bound to garner much attention is Rebel (William Morrow), a tell-all memoir by the great Hollywood enfant terrible and squandered talent, Nick Nolte. A busy month for non-fiction, this. Declan Lynch (of this parish) has become one of the foremost commentators dealing with the insidious and ruinous addiction of gambling.
In Tony Ten (Gill Books), he teams up with one Tony O’reilly, a postmaster who swiped €1.75m from An Post to fuel his gambling. This tale has the look of an eye-watering real-life caper — but Lynch can always be trusted to weave in hard truths about this addiction’s inherent poison.
Another matter we must face up to is the horrors of the Tuam Mothers and Babies Home.
Helping to lance the boil will be The Great Shame (Gill Books), in which Alison O’reilly — the first journalist to write about the discoveries there — relates the nightmare through the eyes of shunned single mother, Bridget Dolan.
Two Sisters (Little, Brown) will see Norwegian war correspondent Asne Seierstad relate the story of 19-yearold Ayan Juma and her 16-year-old sister, Leila, who left their Oslo home in 2013 to travel to Syria, sparking a panicked search by their father.
Revolutionaries of a different kind crop up in War and Revolution in the West of Ireland: Galway, 1913–1922 (Merrion Press), Conor Mcnamara’s new examination of how the country’s western regions dealt with the fallout from the vio-
Clockwise from top left, Joanne Lipman, Rose Mcgowan, Declan Lynch and above, Brent Pope