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Books - Premium - 'When I was young I had a bulletproof self-confidence and I thought it was worth trying to be a writer' - Joseph O'Connor - Many years ago, in the mid-1990s, Joe O'Connor was having a drink with a psychiatrist, a friend of his, in London. The issue of whether O'Connor used his writing to come to terms with difficult events in his life came up.

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Television - Premium - Pat Stacey - Opinion - Netflix's impressive documentary catalogue is the best reason for having a subscription - We've all met one at some point in our lives: the man — because it's always a man — who, when the conversation turns to television, loftily sniffs: "I never watch television... except for documentaries."

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Television - Designer's vision ensures garden is a tranquil space that is fully accessible on RTE's Super Garden

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Books - Premium - Declan Lynch - Opinion - They're great, those other writers - but they're not Sally Rooney

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Books -- My Pear-Shaped Life: A novel that begins well but goes pear-shaped towards the end

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Theatre & Arts -- My cultural life: Gemma Billington, painter

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TV Reviews - Premium - Pat Stacey - Opinion - There is nothing normal about the overwhelming reaction to Normal People

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Music - 'We've never really been the purists' bag' - Beoga talk trad, misconceptions and Ed Sheeran

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Books - Fictional crime provides welcome relief from real-life virus tragedy

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Television - Premium - Pat Stacey - Opinion - Netflix throws too much money at overrated duds - at the expense of better shows

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March 15 was the day the music died - what now for musicians and promoters?

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'Older people were outraged at the sex in Normal People because they never got to live that life' - Sean Doyle

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Weekend Magazine - Top TV and film picks of the week: Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things, Julieta, and Normal People - She was, perhaps, the greatest jazz singer of them all, a remarkable performer whose versions of the Great American Songbook, and in particular the works of Cole Porter, have never been bettered.

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Television - Premium - 'Big Brother was abuse - of course it was. But we signed up for it. We were vain and desperate for attention' If you ever wanted a snapshot of how suffocating the lockdown has become, consider the answer of Anna Nolan, the Irish star of the original series of Big Brother, when asked if she'd care to reminisce on it. "At this stage, if you wanted me to sing the theme tune and wear a chicken outfit, I would, just for social contact," she says.

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Movies - Premium - Hard times see actor Simon cook up a new way through lockdown

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Music -- Why Covid could mean the end for Irish artists

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Weekend Magazine -- Netflix series Space Force and five other new shows to stream this week

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TV Reviews - Premium - John Boland's week in TV: Eric Cantona proves he's still on the ball in Netflix drama

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Movie Reviews -- Film of the week: Musical comedy is flop of the pops

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TV Reviews -- Streaming pick of the week: Amazon Prime's Little Fires Everywhere

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Movie Reviews -- Fourteen-hour 'Women Make Film' documentary is an epic take on female directors

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Books -- Prequels, sequels, reboots and 'parallequels': the YA fiction revival

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Movie Reviews - From 'The Wrong Missy' to '1917' - 10 new movies to stream this week

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Books -- Judging a book by its cover: how a design can make or break a writer's success -- 'If they had told me in advance they were going to put a woman in a bikini on the cover, I'd have had a freak out," says Kathleen MacMahon.

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Books -- There's a wave of lockdown literature on the way - will the pandemic allow new voices to be heard?

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Book Reviews - Distressed damsel turns rebel as Eve trilogy takes a darker turn - Hilary Mantel's The Mirror and the Light was set to be the big British release of the summer - until it was knocked off the top spot of the Sunday Times bestseller list last month by The Eve Illusion, the second instalment in a young adult fantasy series from Tom Fletcher, of the pop band McFly, and his wife, Giovanna, author and host of the Happy Mum, Happy Baby podcast.

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Book Reviews -- The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes: Suzanne Collins pulls off a clever trick with Hunger Games prequel -- In the Academy, the top school for the Capitol's elite, 24 bright young things compete for a scholarship to the University. The ambitious Coriolanus Snow can't afford to lose this one. His family, one of the oldest in the Capitol, has fallen on hard times since the death of his parents, and with property taxes rising, this is his only chance for an expensive university education.

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Gallery - Sex Matters: The dangers to women in a man's world of medicine

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The Temple House Vanishing: Love and longing in sublime coming-of-age mystery

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Premium - Gallery - What's Left of Me is Yours: Infidelity thriller feels divorced from the truth

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