One of the jobs of a best-of list is to ignite debate, hence its enduring popularity as a form. Síghle Bhreathnach-Lynch’s book is nicely timed, and with with a suitably internet-age, urgent, click-bait style title.
The premise of William Pressly’s book on the London murals of Irish-born artist James Barry has the ring of a mystery thriller about it.
A publication that is as much a tribute to the depth and range of contemporary Irish writing as it is a wordy love song to the artworks from the National Gallery of Ireland that illustrate its thick, creamy pages.
The timing of this book is impeccable. Its publication coincides with the most recent resurgence of interest in designer Eileen Gray.
McAvera positions Pye as a painter of human experience and emotion and argues persuasively that Pye is a history painter rather than religious artist.