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The Start of Summer

Alison Walsh
Authors:
Alison Walsh

'Walsh writes with a warmth and humour about the disparate lives of four new mothers over one summer in Dublin. This is a touching, enjoyable tale of friendship in all of its complexities.' Anne GriffinA long, hot summer has just begun. Three new mothers gather in the park, in the shade of the trees, forming a tight circle. They keep each other close, sharing gossip, parenting wisdom and deep secrets. Gracie appears to have adapted to motherhood with ease, but secretly she wonders if the cost - to her job and her relationship - is too high. Free-spirited Lina is a single parent by choice, but finds that her decisions have consequences, for her daughter and for herself? And shy Jane is facing the battle of her life, against the man who should be her rock, and with the echoes of a painful decision she made years before.When a lonely new mum asks to join them, the circle opens to let her in. But Elise's arrival provokes mixed emotions amongst the other mothers, as each is forced to confront her true self and the fact that life will never be the same again.

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Letters to My Daughters

Emma Hannigan
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Emma Hannigan
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The Weekend Dad

Alison Walsh
Authors:
Alison Walsh
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Time Pieces

John Banville, Paul Joyce
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John Banville, Paul Joyce

'If you're interested in Dublin, or if you're interested in the novelist John Banville, or if you're interested in radiantly superb sentences about whatever - I'm all three - then Time Pieces: A Dublin Memoir is a book you'll not be able to put down' The Guardian'A trove of arresting imagery, from the lushly poetic to the luridly absurd ... utterly delightful' Irish Times'Delicious ... Banville's soarings, like a hawk's, are both wild and comprehensive, taking in everything and imagining more' New York TimesFor the young John Banville, Dublin was a place of enchantment and yearning. Each year, on his birthday - the 8th of December, Feast of the Immaculate Conception - he and his mother would journey by train to the capital city, passing frosted pink fields at dawn, to arrive at Westland Row and the beginning of a day's adventures that included much-anticipated trips to Clery's and the Palm Beach ice-cream parlour. The aspiring writer first came to live in the city when he was eighteen. In a once grand but now dilapidated flat in Upper Mount Street, he wrote and dreamed and hoped. It was a cold time, for society and for the individual - one the writer would later explore through the famed Benjamin Black protagonist Quirke - but underneath the seeming permafrost a thaw was setting in, and Ireland was beginning to change.Alternating between vignettes of Banville's own past, and present-day historical explorations of the city, Time Pieces is a vivid evocation of childhood and memory - that 'bright abyss' in which 'time's alchemy works' - and a tender and powerful ode to a formative time and place for the artist as a young man. Accompanied by images of the city by photographer Paul Joyce.

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The House on Seaview Road

Alison Walsh
Authors:
Alison Walsh

The House on Seaview Road is a story about first love, growing up and about the enduring bonds of sisterhood. Perfect reading for fans of Joanna Trollope and Maggie O'Farrell.Marie Stephenson has decided that it's her last summer in Seaview - just a few months left before she can break free of her suburban home, go out into the world and make her mark. If only it weren't for the promise she made to her dying mother. This promise, to look after her younger sister, is one she has always kept, even though Marie sometimes feels that the cosseted Grainne doesn't deserve it.But then the sudden appearance of intense, rebellious Con on Seaview Beach one afternoon changes everything.As her innocence comes to a sudden and shocking end, Marie must make some choices about her future.But will she find the courage to become the woman she was meant to be?

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Children of the Rising

Joe Duffy
Authors:
Joe Duffy

Children of the Rising is the first ever account of the young lives violently lost during the week of the 1916 Rising: long-forgotten and never commemorated, until now.Boys, girls, rich, poor, Catholic, Protestant - no child was guaranteed immunity from the bullet and bomb that week, in a place where teeming tenement life existed side by side with immense wealth.Drawing on extensive original research, along with interviews with relatives, Joe Duffy creates a compelling picture of these forty lives, along with one of the cut and thrust of city life between the two canals a century ago.This gripping story of Dublin and its people in 1916 will add immeasurably to our understanding of the Easter Rising. Above all, it honours the forgotten lives, largely buried in unmarked graves, of those young people who once called Dublin their home.

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All That I Leave Behind

Alison Walsh
Authors:
Alison Walsh
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Full On

Ivan Yates
Authors:
Ivan Yates
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Dear Ross

Evelyn O'Rourke
Authors:
Evelyn O'Rourke

When broadcaster and journalist Evelyn O'Rourke was on maternity leave with her first child she discovered that she was pregnant for the second time. Within a week of this joyous news however, her world came crashing down when she was diagnosed with cancer.In this beautifully written and searingly honest memoir, Evelyn charts her journey - from the realisation that she would have to undergo invasive surgery and chemotherapy to the decisions she made and her determination to protect her unborn baby Ross and live for her family.Told with frankness and great humour, Dear Ross is a story about the strength of love: between families, sisters, brothers, a husband and a wife - but, most of all, the unwavering and uncompromising love between a mother and her children.

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Staring at Lakes: A Memoir of Love, Melancholy and Magical Thinking

Michael Harding
Authors:
Michael Harding
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This is Rugby

George Hook
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George Hook
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Maeve's Times

Maeve Binchy
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Maeve Binchy

Maeve Binchy's much-loved Irish Times writings spanned five decades. An accidental journalist whose work first appeared after her father sent in colourful accounts he had received from her travels, from the beginning her writings reflected the warmth, wit and keen human interest that readers would come to love in her fiction. This timeless collection celebrates the work of the world's best-loved writer, in all its diversity, revealing her characteristic directness, laugh-out-loud humour and unswerving gaze into the true heart of a matter. From 'Life as a Waitress' to 'Encounters at the Airport', 'Staving Off the Senior Moments' and the hilarious 'My Theodora Story', Maeve always had her own, inimitable take on life. With an introduction written by her husband, the writer Gordon Snell, Maeve's Times reminds us of why the writings of Maeve Binchy are universally cherished, and will be for generations to come.

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Cinnamon Toast and the End of the World

Janet E Cameron
Authors:
Janet E Cameron

House Parties. Pick-Up Trucks. Cherry-Vanilla Ice-Cream. Prom Night. Unrequited Love.Welcome to the spring of 1987 and the world of Stephen Shulevitz who, with three months of high school to go in the small town of Riverside, Nova Scotia, has just realised he's fallen in love - with exactly the wrong person.Welcome to the end of the world.As Stephen navigates his last few months before college dealing with his overly dependent mother, his distant, pot-smoking father, and his dysfunctional best friends Lana and Mark, he must decide between love and childhood friendship; between the person he is and the person he can be. But sometimes leaving the past behind is harder than it seems . . .Cinnamon Toast and the End of the World is a bittersweet story of growing up and of one young man finding happiness on his own terms.

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Vanishing Ireland: Recollections of our Changing Times

James Fennell, Turtle Bunbury
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James Fennell, Turtle Bunbury

In Vanishing Ireland: Recollections of our Changing Times, award-winning photographer James Fennell and bestselling author Turtle Bunbury once again journey the length and breadth of Ireland to bring us an extraordinary, powerful new collection of poignant interviews from ordinary men and women who share with us their memories, providing us with an invaluable link to the past.Through words and stunningly evocative photographs, we meet the people of Ireland who lived through adversity and hardship during the formative decades of independent Ireland, yet whose courage, kindness and humour remains intact. We talk with those who watched friends and family sail for foreign shores, and lose ourselves in a world where life was simpler, yet somehow happier; where storytelling, fiddle-playing, céilís and communal pastimes cemented the deep friendships that became the lifeblood of each community.As stories are shared beside the warmth of a fire in farmhouses in Kerry and Clare; in the turf sheds of Limerick and Tipperary; over cups of tea and glasses of whiskey in the kitchens of Wexford, Sligo and Dublin; in the cobbled yards of Wicklow and Tipperary; in the shadow of the hills of Leitrim and Donegal; on the pavements of Dublin City; and against the sound of crashing waves on the coast of Galway, we meet the people who have lived through times of change as the past comes alive through their words.Blacksmiths, saddlers, harness makers and coal miners, mattress makers, factory workers, bonesetters and cattle drivers, all are gathered here as we are afforded a glimpse of the inimitable spirit of the people of this country. The world continues to change but, gathered within these pages, are stories and to be cherished, to keep the past alive long into the future.

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Love You To Death

From the recent notorious and horrific murders of Rachel O'Reilly, Dolores McCrea and Siobhan Kearney, cases are outlined as far back as the poisoning of Margaret Lehman in Dublin of the War years, for which her husband was hanged in 1945. A picture is revealed about how little has changed in this area of crime, but also about how societys attitude has changed towards it, as reflected in court verdicts and sentences. From open-and-shut cases to ones that relied on detailed forensic evidence, the book also examines the aftermath, describing courtroom scenes of high emotion as the bereaved family seek to ensure their former in-law is held accountable for the crime. In its detailed examination of Irelands most notorious wife killings from the 1940s right up to present day and the most recent returned verdict in the Siobhan Kearney case, Love You to Death charts each story from apparently normal marriages all the way to a violent ending and a legal conclusions. A chilling, gripping and at times gruesome read.

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Follow Me Down to Dublin

Deirdre Purcell
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Deirdre Purcell
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Diamonds and Holes in my Shoes

Deirdre Purcell
Authors:
Deirdre Purcell

When Deirdre Purcell turned sixty, she cheered. Never again would she have to fit into a size ten dress, and while her dream of crossing the US on a Harley remained, if it was never realised, well, she'd live. In Diamonds and Holes in My Shoes, for the first time, this much-loved story-teller takes stock of her years to date and reveals very personal memories and reflections. From her earliest days as a small child with a large imagination, trotting perilously close to the edge of the River Tolka near her home, her head buried in her library book, she weaves an engrossing tapestry of a resilient personal and professional life punctuated by astonishing and sudden changes. Recounted with characteristic frankness, humour and insight, Deirdre chronicles the years as an Abbey actress, the triumphs and failures as an acclaimed journalist who elicited memorable interviews from a host of famous personalities, the break-up of a marriage in an era when tolerance of single mothers was not as it is now - and her transition into the peculiar life of the novelist via the ghost-writing of Gay Byrne's autobiography. Illustrated with a treasure trove of photographs, Diamonds and Holes in My Shoes is the story behind the story-teller from a keen observer who has recorded a dramatically changing Ireland over the past sixty years.

Emily Hourican

Emily Hourican is a journalist and author. She has written features for the Sunday Independent for fifteen years, as well as Image magazine, Conde Nast Traveler and Woman and Home. She was also editor of The Dubliner Magazine. Emily's first book, a memoir titled How To (Really) Be A Mother was published in 2013. She is also the author of novels The Privileged, White Villa and The Blamed. She lives in Dublin with her family.

Joe Duffy

Broadcaster Joe Duffy is the presenter of Ireland's most popular daily radio show, Liveline, on RTE Radio 1. He also presents Joe Duffy's Spirit Level on RTE television and writes a weekly column for the Irish Mail on Sunday.Born in Dublin's Mountjoy Square and reared in Ballyfermot, his bestselling memoir Just Joe was published in 2010.His interest in researching and writing about the forgotten children killed in 1916 was sparked by an art project he undertook in Easter 2013 for the Jack and Jill Children's Foundation.In 2014 he organised the first national ecumenical service of Reclamation and Remembrance for the children killed in the Easter Rising.Children of the Rising won the National Book Tokens Non-Fiction Book of the Year award at the BGE Irish Book Awards in 2015, and was a No.1 bestseller in Ireland.

Stefanie Preissner

Stefanie Preissner, Munich-born but Mallow-raised, is the creator of hit comedy-drama series Can't Cope, Won't Cope. The show was originally commissioned by RTÉ but since then both seasons have been broadcast on BBC and acquired by Netflix. Why Can't Everything Just Stay the Same?, her first book (published in 2017), was an Irish bestseller and nominated for an Irish Book Award. Can I Say No? is her second book.She has also produced a series of short documentaries, How To Adult, with RTÉ Player.Her one-woman theatre show, Solpadeine Is My Boyfriend, enjoyed sell-out runs in Dublin before touring internationally to Bucharest, Edinburgh and Australia, and - as a radio play - it became RTÉ's most downloaded podcast.Stefanie graduated from University College Cork with a BA in Drama and Theatre Studies and Spanish. Alongside her career as a screenwriter and playwright, she has won several awards as an actor.She is a regular contributor to Ireland's Sunday Independent newspaper and her voice is well-recognised from her prolific voiceover career. She is currently working more projects than she can cope with due to her ongoing battle with people pleasing. She lives in Dublin and on Instagram @stefaniepreissner