Julian Barnes's The Only Story (Jonathan Cape, €23) was published in February, following a departure from familiar ground with his previous novel. The Noise of Time, published in 2016, was a fictional but pretty accurate slice of Shostakovich's life under Stalin's iron fist. This offering featured another tortured soul, although an imaginary one. Nineteen-year-old Paul embarks on a delicious affair with a married woman 30 years his senior. He is not to know that the affair will shape all of his days to come. Vintage Barnes, The Only Story is a masterpiece of regret and disenchantment. February also heralded Jess Kidd's genre-bending gem The Hoarder (Canongate, €11.99). When care worker Maud Drennan is assigned a particularly difficult client in Cathal Flood, she finds herself knee-deep in hoarded junk and intrigue. What exactly happened to Flood's wife years before? Why has he got photographs with faces removed hidden away? And why is Maud haunted by practically every saint … [Read more...] about Critics’ choice: the definitive guide to the best books of 2018
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The Lincoln Recruitment Irish Early Career Awards, in associations with KBC, celebrate excellence and recognise the achievements of young professionals in Ireland, and ultimately, reward innovation, best practice and outstanding achievement across a broad range of sectors. Nominations are now open for these awards and there is still time to submit a nomination if you know someone under the age of 35 who deserves to be recognised for their professional achievements. Or, if you’re a young professional who thinks that you're in with a chance of winning, you can also nominate yourself for an award. The deadline for nominations has been extended to Friday, September 30, so this is your last chance to give a special young colleague or peer some much-needed recognition. This is the third year of the Lincoln Recruitment Irish Early Career Awards, in association with KBC. Awards will be presented to young professionals who have made the biggest impact on the Irish market over the past 12 … [Read more...] about Do you know a young professional who deserves to be recognised for their achievements?
Leighton Buzzard businesses are celebrating success after enjoying a glamorous night at the 2018 SME Bedfordshire Business Awards. The special awards night was held in July at the Park Inn, Bedford, and the entrants were judged by industry experts, including Wayne Thompson of Stanair Services, and Sara Searle of Liebherr GB.The triumphant Leighton Buzzard businesses were as follows: Regus Leighton Buzzard Business of the Year: Winner – Osborne Morris & Morgan (OMM), West Street; Runner Up – Millstream Estate Services , West Street.Networking Group of the Year: (Winner – The Pride of Dunstable); Runner Up – Leighton Buzzard Business Club.Business Person of the Year: Winner – Neil Keenan of Millstream Estate Services .OMM managing partner, Tim Woolford, said: “We feel so privileged to be named Leighton Buzzard Business of the Year. Community means everything to us, which is why we work tirelessly to give our clients the best service and … [Read more...] about Leighton Buzzard triumphant at SME Bedfordshire Business Awards
The trial of four men charged in connection with a drive-by shooting outside a popular Newcastle nightclub has now reached the end of its third week. Doorman Matthew McCauley was left with multiple wounds when a motorcyclist rode past Tup Tup Palace on June 6 2015, opening fire with a sawn-off shotgun. Now John Henry Sayers, 54, and Michael Dixon, 50, have gone on trial accused of conspiracy to murder and conspiracy to possess a firearm. Russell Sturman, 26, is accused of assisting an offender. Sayers and a fourth defendant, Michael McDougall, are also jointly charged with conspiring to pervert the course of justice. The four men deny all charges and are on trial at the Old Bailey in London. As the case prepares to enter its fourth week, here is the key evidence heard by the jury so far. Shooting was ordered ‘to reinforce the message - don’t mess with the Sayers’ The prosecution case is that John Henry Sayers ordered the shooting at Tup Tup in “revenge for an … [Read more...] about Tup Tup shooting trial: All the key points so far
The first footballer to win 100 caps for Wales has been chosen as one of dozens of Welshmen and women to be named in the Queen’s birthday honours. Scientists, policemen and a Paralympic athlete are just some of the inspirational figures listed for recognition for the Queen’s 92nd birthday. As part of celebrations a total of 1,350 people across the UK will gain honours, including five CBEs to be awarded in Wales. Here is the full list of the people across the country who have been thanked for their tireless work. CBE Kenneth Martin Follett. Author. For services to Literature and to charity. The grandson of a miner from Mountain Ash, Ken Follett has sold millions of copies of his best-selling work around the world. The Cardiff-born author, who joined the Echo in 1971 but is now known the world over for his Century and Kingsbridge series, said: “I am very pleased and proud to receive this honour for doing something I love – making books and stories as … [Read more...] about The full list of people in Wales in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List