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The Foster, Claire Keegan
Posted by Bobbie Ryan, Dubray Books Bray in , .

Another wonderful story from a firm favourite of mine, Claire Keegan, author of Antarctica and Walk The Blue Fields. A little girl is sent to live indefinitely with her ‘mother’s...

Ghost Light – Joseph O’Connor
Posted by Margot Coughlan, Dubray Books Stillorgan in , .

A half-starved, half-frozen creature is wandering the streets of London in the winter of 1952.· To passers-by she’s nothing but an Irish tramp, whereas this is no ordinary woman. She...

Room – Emma Donohue
Posted by Anna Kealy, Dubray Books, Blackrock in , .

Jack is five and lives with Ma in Room, which measures 11 feet square. Room has a skylight and a door with a keypad. Jack likes bouncing on Bed and...

Skippy Dies – Paul Murray
Posted by Lynn Crampton , Dubray Books Grafton Street · in , .

Costa Shortlisted this novel is a coming of age story, full of drama, romance, friendship and heartache and it is superbly told. I don’t remember ever reading a book before...

A Preparation for Death by Greg Baxter
Posted by Heatseeker Reviews in , .

GLOOMY and hilarious, Greg Baxter’s mocking novel about a failed novelist (himself, in a wryly-created version of the dank Dublin bedsitter life of the exiled American artist) will have you...

The Moment·by Douglas Kennedy
Posted by Dubray Books in , .

Thomas Nesbitt is a divorced American writer in the midst of a rueful middle age. Living a very private life in Maine – in touch only with his daughter and...

If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This·by Robin Black
Posted by Dubray Books in , .

From the blind girl who sees more than her parents can, to the portrait artist who sees more than her clients would wish, Robin Black illuminates secret fears, hidden desires,...

The Best of Everything·by Rona Jaffe
Posted by Dubray Books in , .

When it first published in 1958, Rona Jaffe’s debut novel electrified readers who saw themselves reflected in its story of five young employees of a New York publishing company. There’s...

The Better Half by Sarah Harte
Posted by Vanessa O'Loughlin in , .

Anita is a wife on the edge. Thanks to her husband Frank’s success in business she has lived a lavish lifestyle at the heart of the city’s elite. However, now...

City of Bohane by Kevin Barry
Posted by Vanessa O'Loughlin in , .

Bohane is the throbbing epicentre of Big Nothin’. Its inhabitants are tribal, vicious, and territorial with a feral and possessive quality. The map accompanying the book to this area could...