John Joe Nevin, the hero of Mullingar

The Irish boxer John Joe Nevin is the only traveller ever to win an Olympic medal. Can his new-found fame to help resolve the age-old conflicts between travellers and locals in his home town?

Great moment is far from Close

This week’s films reviewed: ‘Albert Nobbs’, ‘Avengers Assemble’, ‘Damsels in Distress’, ‘African Cats’, ‘The Monk’, ‘Being Elmo’ and ‘Outside Bet’

House of Holes

Ovid meets the Teletubbies in a raunchy new novel, reviewed by Amit Chaudhuri

Five Bells

Gail Jones’s novel focuses on four individuals who visit Sydney’s Circular Quay on a single summer’s day