The not unexpected triumph in a California court of Apple over Samsung  –  the affair has different outcomes elsewhere -  has focussed the attention of the world on a problem that faces all users of modern technology and the media their sport. Competition is extoled, but when it becomes to strong  the businessmen resort to the...

Memoirs, by William Rees-Mogg (Harper Press, €16.40 / £12.99) Peter Hegarty William Rees-Mogg is one of Britain’s most prominent Catholics, and has been at the heart of its public life for six decades.  His memoirs are rich in descriptions of the people he has known, and the changes he has witnessed and effected. He was at his most...

Ireland in the World Order: A History of Uneven Development, by Maurice Coakley (Pluto Press, €25.25 / £19.99) Joe Carroll Put crudely, this interesting study tries to explain why England by the end of the 19th Century was one of the richest countries in the world thanks to the Industrial Revolution while Ireland was one of the poorest although...

 J. Anthony Gaughan This is a collection of articles by James Fintan Lalor in The Nation and The Irish Felon.  It also provides an overview of Lalor’s career and the circumstances surrounding each article.  James Fintan Lalor was born at Tinnakill, Abbeyleix on March 10, 1807.  His father was a prosperous tenant farmer and an...

Having covered some interesting religious titles last week, this week we can turn to general books and to some titles which will interest all sections of the family at home. The Godfather of Modern Hurling: The Fr Tommy Maher Story - How the Kilkenny Priest Drew a New Blueprint for the National Game, by Enda McEvoy (Ballpoint Press, €13.99...

The Second World War, by Antony Beevor (Weidenfeld & Nicholson, £25 / €29.99) Antony Beevor has made something of a corner for himself as the author of best selling war books, from Spain’s to Russia. Here in nearly 900 pages he encompasses the epic horrors of the war that continues to shape our lives. That struggle is all too often reduced to...

The Diviner by Joe Cassidy (Penguin Ireland, €14.99 / £11.99) Having had personal experience in my own family circle of the effectiveness of water divining, or rather dowsing as many of its practitioners would prefer to call it, I read this book with some interest. There is no doubt at all that the faculty existence is some individuals, in all...

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