A history of financial speculation and when it became risky gambling

A look at some of the best new history books

In April's book special Patrick Geoghegan talks with the authors of some fantastic new works, including:

Joe Connell's account of Michael Collins' life in Dublin from the Easter Rising till his death in 1922, and the legacy e left on the capital's streets

A look back on the history of speculation and investment in the United States by Stuart Banner

Nicola Gordon Bowe's acclaimed study of Wilhelmina Geddes and her impact on the Irish art and crafts movement

A fascinating exploration of how cultures have viewed the human body through history and how drastically ideas around the body and its inner workings have changed by Fay Bound Alberti

A look back at the celebrated journalist Hugh Lambert and his guide to discovering Dublin with his wife and son