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A Ploughing People

Valerie Cox
Authors:
Valerie Cox

Journey into the heartland of rural Ireland, in words and images, from the 1930s to today. Meet the characters behind the Ploughing Championships, past and present. Witness the traditions and stories from a changing way of life, where community spirit remains central, and the plough keeps turning the sod, year on year . . .Since the early 1930s, The National Ploughing Championships has occupied a special place in the heart of ruralIrish life, when people gather from every corner of the country to show off their skills and engage in sport, fun and business. Here, for the first time, the magic of the Ploughing is captured in word and image. We follow Valerie Cox as she journeys around Ireland to meet the people who make this national institution great, and record the stories of what the ploughing means to them, whether it's vintage tractors, a pair of Clydesdales or a plough handed down from a grandfather.Among others, we meet three-time world champion Martin Keogh, take an unforgettable trip to Thady Kelleher country in East Cork, and are enchanted by the first even Queen of the Plough Anna Mai Donegan, who won her crown in 1955.This beautiful book also provides a record of a landscape that may bear little resemblance to that of the 1930s but, in important ways - of family, community and the nod and wink of the business deal - is little changed. A gift, a keepsake, A Ploughing People is a unique celebration of the best of Irish life.

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Fully Functioning Human (Almost)

Melanie Murphy
Authors:
Melanie Murphy

'I'm just a nitwit girl who's sort of stumbling through life learning that we all have our own roads to walk - but that it's still valuable, and rather lovely, to hear about other people's journeys...'Filled with honesty, wit and wisdom, Fully Functioning Human (Almost) - part memoir, part life guide - will show you the real Melanie Murphy: warm, fun, positive, honest, a girl who's got this whole adult thing down. Almost. Irish YouTuber Melanie Murphy regularly chronicles the ups and downs of her life on her popular channel, discussing topics such as sexuality, skincare, social media and self-esteem. Now, in her first book, she looks with her trademark humour and down-to-earth honesty at the experiences that have shaped her.From learning how to manage her online life, to giving up on the idea of perfection, living with anxiety and the lessons she has learned about relationships, Mel shows us that difficult times can teach us the most about who we are, and by learning to value ourselves, we can overcome whatever life throws at us.

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White Villa

Emily Hourican
Authors:
Emily Hourican
Hachette Books Ireland

Owning it: Your Bullsh*t-Free Guide to Living with Anxiety

Caroline Foran
Authors:
Caroline Foran

'Offers a frank and funny approach to the ins and outs of anxiety - what it is, why it happens, and how to manage it. I love Caroline Foran's message of self-acceptance and leaning into mental illness rather than trying to outrun it. Highly recommended!' Sarah Knight, bestselling author of Calm the F**k DownTHE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER - A bullsh*t free perspective and a no-frills account of anxiety from the front line.Through the filtered lens of social media, it may seem like life's a peach, but for lots of people - journalist and author Caroline Foran included - anxiety is always bubbling beneath the surface. Here, she chronicles her experiences. From being unable to cope with the thought of venturing outside, to walking away from her fast-paced job, to the different, and sometimes controversial, treatments available - from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to acupuncture to medication - Caroline shows us how she eventually found a way of owning her anxiety so that it doesn't own her.With extensive research and help from the experts, Owning It is written with honesty and a bullsh*t-free perspective; consider it your ultimate, practical guide that aims to get you feeling good again.

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Talking to Strangers

Michael Harding
Authors:
Michael Harding

'It's always a bad idea to go online and book a flight when you've had too much wine. You never know where you might end up.'This was how Michael Harding found himself in a strange flat in Bucharest in January 2015, which set the tone for the rest of the year.After a stint in the Gaiety Theatre production of The Field, Harding returned to the tranquil hills above Lough Allen and began to imagine what his little cottage might look like if he got a few builders to tear a hole in the wall to add on another room. Surely an extension would give him a renewed sense of purpose in life, as he approached old age.But as the walls of his home crumbled, so too did his mental health, and he fell, once again, into depression -- that great darkness where life feels like nothing more than a waste of time.And yet, it is in that great darkness that we discover what really makes us human.

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The Boy They Tried to Hide

Shane Dunphy
Authors:
Shane Dunphy

The Boy They Tried to Hide is the startling, true account of how truth is sometimes stranger than fiction ...Shane Dunphy was working as a resource teacher in a rural town when he was approached by the mother of one of his pupils, seeking help. She is worried for her troubled young son, who has been found leaving the house late at night to go deep into the woods near their home. He has spoken of meetings with a friend, Thomas, but no one else has seen him or knows who he is. As Shane tries to discover what's going on, a sexual predator he helped bring to justice years before reappears. The man is looking to settle a score, and has picked someone close to Shane as his next victim.In The Boy They Tried to Hide, Shane Dunphy revisits cases he encountered during his time as a child protection worker and journalist and, in doing so, once again discovers that leaving the past behind is harder than it seems.

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

Michael Harding
Authors:
Michael Harding
Hachette Books Ireland

This is Rugby

George Hook
Authors:
George Hook

'Even in those early days, I resolved not to be a fan but to be an analyst' George HookWho is the greatest Irish rugby player of all time? What was the best Irish Grand Slam team? Who are the game's greatest rivals?In This is Rugby, well-known rugby commentator George Hook answers these questions and more and, in conversation with RTÉ's Hugh Cahill, debates some of rugby's greatest players, teams, moments and matches.From the World Cups, to the merits of the Lions tour, club rugby and the future of the game, This is Rugby is jam-packed with iconic photographs, memories, commentary and analysis, making this an essential book for rugby lovers everywhere.

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Lines for Living

Mary Kennedy
Authors:
Mary Kennedy
Hachette Books Ireland

The Betrayed

Christy Kenneally
Authors:
Christy Kenneally

It's 1940 and Europe is shadowed by war. But in a small village in Austria, Karl, Elsa and Max, three friends on the brink of adulthood enjoy the fading light of innocence.Until one day, the peaceful village is torn apart by the disappearance of Elsa ... her death sealing the fate of Karl and Max forever.Days after her disappearance, Karl is conscripted to the German army. Fighting for his life in the deathly cold of the Russian winter during Operation Barbarossa by day, by night, his dreams are of Elsa.Max has fled to safety to live with his uncle, the Monsignor, in the Archbishop's Palace in Zagreb. There, he becomes embroiled in a genocide, where knowledge is the ultimate weapon and power, the ultimate prize.As the years pass, Max and Karl fight a war that can never be won.Karl, now a Captain in the German army, is haunted by the faces of the men left behind on the battlefields of Russia and the disappearance of Elsa.Max, a priest in Rome, is consumed by power and greed, and a shameful secret he is determined to bury.For Max, only one man has the power to destroy him. Because only Karl knows the truth behind Elsa's disappearance.From the mountains of Austria, to the suburbs of Moscow, the cities of Vienna, Zagreb and Rome, The Betrayed is an epic story of love, loss, heroism and the power of destiny.

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Dear Sebastian

Christine Horgan
Authors:
Christine Horgan
Hachette Books Ireland

Somewhere In Between

Ruth Gilligan
Authors:
Ruth Gilligan

The exams are finally over, the sun is shining and celebration is in the air. For twins Chloe and Alex the future looks bright, if a bit uncertain. But turbulence is not far from the horizon. It begins when Alex is in a car crash on the way home from a drinking binge with friends. Miraculously he escapes with just cuts and bruises, but the driver's life hangs in the balance. Alex tells himself it's only a matter of time before his friend 'wakes up', but his free and easy ways are put to the ultimate test over the dramatic weeks to follow. For Chloe, insecurities begin chip away at the edges of her 'balanced' world: her relationship with Sam, her drama school chances, her weight. Her friends are worried that she's getting too thin. But thin is not what Chloe sees when she looks in the mirror. A holiday to Ayia Napa with the gang promises to be the escape everyone needs, the ideal bridge between school and ... real life. But as the party rages on, Alex and Chloe realise that there are some things that you can't escape from - as they struggle to find the somewhere at the other side of somewhere in between.

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Souls of the Sea

Damien Tiernan
Authors:
Damien Tiernan

In January 2007, in the space of six days, three large fishing boats sank off the south east coast of Ireland. Seven men were claimed by the sea, four survived. Five died together on one boat, the Pere Charles, which sank on Wednesday evening, January 10th, two and a half miles from the village of Dunmore East. A few hours later, two men were lost when the Honey Dew II sank 21 miles away off Minehead while two other crew members somehow survived for 20 hours in a small life-raft, tossed about in a raging sea. Divers from the Irish navy managed to get down to the Pere Charles a week after she sank, but were unable to get inside due to currents, debris and loose netting. It would be another week before these brave men were able to get into the stricken vessel which is still lying 35 metres below the surface. To everybody's amazement, there was no sign of the five men inside. And even more amazingly, most of the fish was gone. The boat was searched thoroughly in very dangerous conditions, but only a pair of oilskins was recovered. The men were gone. Their bodies were gone. The fish - up to 50 tonnes of herring - was gone. Off Minehead and along the west Waterford coastline, trawlers scanned the seabed for any sonar sighting of the sunken vessel, the Honey Dew II. Eventually, she too was located. Divers from the Garda Underwater Unit went down. Again, no sign of the two men missing. This is a story of heartache, of loss, of love departed that has no grave. This is the story of courage, strength and community bound together.

Caroline Foran

Formerly of IMAGE Publications (and entertainment.ie, where she was the Editor), Caroline Foran is now a freelance lifestyle journalist working in Dublin, and also runs her own digital publishing venture, GAFFInteriors.ie. Prior to her career in media, she obtained a degree in Communications and a Masters in Film & TV, both from DCU. Her first book, Owning It: Your Bullsh*-Free Guide to Living with Anxiety, is a No.1 bestseller in Ireland. The Confidence Kit is her second book.

Christine Horgan

Christine Horgan lives in Kinsale, Co Cork with her husband Pat.

Emily Hourican

Emily Hourican is a journalist and author. She has written features for the Sunday Independent for ten 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.

Mary Kennedy

One of Ireland's best-loved broadcasters, Mary Kennedy's career in RTE has spanned more than three decades, including presenting the Eurovision Song Contest in 1995. She is co-presenter of Nationwide and author of the best-selling books What Matters, Lines I Love, Paper Tigers; and Lines for Living. A mum of four, she lives in Dublin.

Melanie Murphy

Melanie Murphy is an award-winning filmmaker and lifestyle YouTuber from Ireland and has reached sixty million people with her videos. Her first book, Fully Functioning Human (Almost) - a memoir full of advice for young people growing up in this digital age - was an Irish bestseller in 2017. If Only, Melanie's debut novel and a long awaited leap into the world of fiction writing, will publish in the summer of 2019.

Shane Dunphy

Shane Dunphy worked for fifteen years as a frontline child protection worker in many different parts of Ireland. He now teaches social studies and psychology and is a regular contributor to television and radio programmes on issues of child and family welfare.He is the author of several non-fiction books, including Wednesday's Child and The Boy They Tried to Hide.

Stefanie Preissner

At twenty-eight, writer and actor Stefanie Preissner is blazing a trail as one of the most influential voices of her generation. Her six-part comedy-drama series Can't Cope/Won't Cope hit RTÉ2 screens in September 2016 and heralded a new era in Irish TV with its sharp observations on youth culture. It has been bought for broadcast by BBC Three and recommissioned by RTÉ for a second series.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.Alongside her career as a screenwriter and playwright, she has been nominated for several awards as an actor. Stefanie graduated from University College Cork with a BA in Drama and Theatre Studies and Spanish. Her work has also been explored in a chapter of Radical Contemporary Theatre Practices by Women in Ireland (Carysfort Press, 2015)With support from the Irish Film Board, Stefanie's next project is a screenplay in development with Parallel Films (Brooklyn, The Clinic, Intermission). She is also developing a TV pilot with Channel 4 and has a series of short documentaries in production with RTÉ.