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 Read reviewConversations with Friends

Conversations with Friends

Sally Rooney

Frances is twenty-one years old, cool-headed and observant. But when Frances and Nick get unexpectedly closer, the sharply witty and emotion-averse Frances is forced to honestly confront her own vulnerabilities for the first...

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A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing

A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing

Eimear McBride

Tells in brutal detail the story of a young woman's relationship with her brother, and the long shadow cast by his childhood brain tumour. In this title, the author touches on everything from family violence to sexuality and the...

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The Lesser Bohemians

The Lesser Bohemians

Eimear McBride

One night in London an eighteen year old girl, recently arrived from Ireland to study drama, meets an older actor and a tumultuous relationship ensues. Set across the bedsits and squats of mid-nineties north London, this novel...

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A Line Made By Walking

A Line Made By Walking

Sara Baume

She writes beyond the time we live in.' Colum McCannStruggling to cope with urban life - and with life in general - Frankie, a twenty-something artist, retreats to the rural bungalow on `turbine hill' that has been vacant since...

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The Glorious Heresies

The Glorious Heresies

Lisa McInerney

A big, bold debut from a true new Irish talent.

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 Read reviewThe Blood Miracles

The Blood Miracles

Lisa McInerney

The second novel from the author of the Baileys Prize-winning The Glorious Heresies

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This Must Be the Place

This Must Be the Place

Maggie O'Farrell

An addictive and unforgettable novel of a marriage in freefall, shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2016.

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 Read reviewThe Hand That First Held Mine

The Hand That First Held Mine

Maggie O'Farrell

An unforgettable novel of love and motherhood from bestselling author Maggie O'Farrell

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 Read reviewPond

Pond

Claire-Louise Bennett

A sharp, funny and eccentric debut by one of Britain's most talented new voices.

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Solar Bones

Solar Bones

Mike McCormack

This masterpiece of a novel, narrated in a single sentence, is an international literary sensation, winner of the 2016 Goldsmiths Prize and BGE Irish Book of the Year

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 Read reviewBrooklyn

Brooklyn

Colm Toibin

Eilis Lacey dreams of life beyond the confines of her tiny Irish village. The parish priest, Father Flood, arranges for her to travel to America, where a job opportunity has arisen in New York. It seems her dream is becoming a...

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The Heather Blazing

The Heather Blazing

Colm Toibin

The Heather Blazing is a wonderful character study of a man, his childhood, family, and community.

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 Read reviewThe Green Road

The Green Road

Anne Enright

The children of Rosaleen Madigan leave the west of Ireland for lives they never could have imagined in Dublin, New York and various third-world towns. In her early old age their difficult, wonderful mother announces that she's...

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 Read reviewThe Forgotten Waltz

The Forgotten Waltz

Anne Enright

If it hadn't been for the child then none of this might have happened. She saw me kissing her father. She saw her father kissing me. The fact that a child got mixed up in it all made us feel that it mattered, that there was no...

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The Gathering

The Gathering

Anne Enright

The nine surviving children of the Hegarty clan gather in Dublin for the wake of their wayward brother Liam. It wasn't the drink that killed him - although that certainly helped - it was what happened to him as a boy in his...

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In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad Book 1)

In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad Book 1)

Tana French

A stunningly accomplished psychological mystery which will take you on a thrilling journey through a tangled web of evil and beyond - to the inexplicable.

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The Secret Place (Dublin Murder Squad Book 5)

The Secret Place (Dublin Murder Squad Book 5)

Tana French

Marian Keyes tweeted 'it's brilliant!', Marie Claire calls it 'a gripping read for those still pining for GONE GIRL' and Gillian Flynn says it's 'an absolutely mesmerizing read'. They all know who killed him. Do you?

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 Read reviewThe Trespasser (Dublin Murder Squad Book 6)

The Trespasser (Dublin Murder Squad Book 6)

Tana French

You can beat one killer. Beating your own squad is a whole other thing. This is the case that will make Detective Antoinette Conway's murder squad career. Or break it. A searing novel of psychological suspense from the...

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Days Without End

Days Without End

Sebastian Barry

Winner of the 2016 Costa Book of the Year and longlisted for the 2017 Man Booker Prize: Sebastian Barry's sensational new novel set in mid-19th Century America.

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The Secret Scripture

The Secret Scripture

Sebastian Barry

Nearing her one-hundredth birthday, Roseanne McNulty faces an uncertain future, as the Roscommon Regional Mental hospital where she's spent the best part of her adult life prepares for closure. Over the weeks leading up to this...

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 Read reviewOn Canaan's Side

On Canaan’s Side

Sebastian Barry

A novel that opens as the narrator Lilly Bere mourns the loss of her grandson, Bill. It then goes back to the moment she was forced to flee Dublin, at the end of the First World War, and follows her life through into the new world...

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 Read reviewThe Wonder

The Wonder

Emma Donoghue

A chilling novel from the bestselling author of Room.

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 Read reviewRoom

Room

Emma Donoghue

Jack is five and, like any little boy, excited at the prospect of presents and cake. He's looking forward to telling his friends it's his birthday, too. But although Jack is a normal child in many ways - loving, funny, bright,...

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TransAtlantic

Colum McCann

An extraordinary new novel from bestselling and award-winning writer Colum McCann

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Thirteen Ways of Looking

Thirteen Ways of Looking

Colum McCann

Told from a multitude of perspectives, in lyrical, hypnotic prose, Thirteen Ways of Looking is a ground-breaking work of true resonance.

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Smile

Smile

Roddy Doyle

A great novel makes you question everything. Smile is the captivating new book from the winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction.

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The Commitments

The Commitments

Roddy Doyle

Ably managed by Jimmy Rabbitte, brilliantly coached by Joey 'The Lips' Fagan, their twin assault on Motown and Barrytown takes them by leaps and bounds from the parish hall to the steps of the studio door. But can The...

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Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha

Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha

Roddy Doyle

WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE 1993 Paddy Clarke is ten years old. Paddy Clarke's heroes are Father Damien (and the lepers), Geronimo and George Best. Paddy Clarke loves his Ma and Da, but it seems like they don't love each other,...

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Dubliners

Dubliners

James Joyce

In this powerfully influential series of short stories, James Joyce captures uneasy souls, shabby lives and innocent minds in the dark streets and homes of his native city.  

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Ulysses

Ulysses

James Joyce, Declan Kiberd

Capturing a single day in the life of Dubliner Leopold Bloom, his friends Buck Mulligan and Stephen Dedalus, his wife Molly, and a cast of supporting characters, the author pushes Celtic lyricism and vulgarity to splendid...

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Finnegans Wake

Finnegans Wake

James Joyce

Follows a man's thoughts and dreams during a single night.

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Foster

Foster

Claire Keegan

A small girl is sent to live with foster parents on a farm in rural Ireland, without knowing when she will return home. In the strangers' house, she finds a warmth and affection she has not known before and slowly begins to...

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Skippy Dies

Skippy Dies

Paul Murray

Ruprecht Van Doren is an overweight genius whose hobbies include very difficult maths and the Search of Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence. Daniel 'Skippy' Juster is his roommate. In the grand old Dublin institution that is Seabrook...

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Young Skins

Young Skins

Colin Barrett

A collection that takes us to Glanbeigh, a small town in rural Ireland - a town in which the youth have the run of the place. Boy racers speed down the back lanes; couples haunt the midnight woods; young skins huddle in the cold...

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Beatlebone

Beatlebone

Kevin Barry

One of the most talked-about novels of 2015. Winner of the Goldsmiths prize and shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards Novel of the Year.

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