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The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride
Posted by swirlandthread in .

I will make myself of life here for life is this place and would be start of mine.’ The Lesser Bohemians is a novel achieving great notoriety in the book...

The Shogun’s Queen by Lesley Downer
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‘Only one woman can save her world from barbarian invasion but to do so will mean sacrificing everything she holds dear – love, loyalty and maybe life itself . ....

On Sackville Street by A O’Connor
Posted by Margaret Madden, BleachHouseLibrary.ie in .

Dublin 1869, and Sackville Street is one of the most prestigious places to live. When young widow, Milandra Carter moves in, she shakes up the conservative society, with her bright...

The Last Days of Leda Grey by Essie Fox
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The Last Days of Leda Grey is rather an unusual book with probably one of the most stunning covers I have seen in a long time….truly beautiful! Published by Orion,...

Preparation for the Next Life by Atticus Lish
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Published to great acclaim by One World Publications, it is a novel I approached with trepidation as I knew it was a novel that had achieved numerous awards. Read on...

The Inexperienced Midwife by Miceál Kearney
Posted by Anne Marie Kennedy in .

Published by Arlen House, (September 2016), the front cover of Miceál Kearney’s latest poetry collection is astounding – an amniotic depiction of a pre-natal lamb, diaphanously clad and laid out...

The American Girl by Kate Horsley
Posted by Susan Condon in .

Set in France, Horsley delivers a dark, psychological thriller, which raises lots of questions in the mind of the reader. The point of view alternates between two Americans: Teenager, Quinn...

I See You by Claire Mackintosh
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‘You do the same thing every day. You know exactly where you’re going. You’re not alone.’ I suspect I was one of the few people who hadn’t read I See...

Tall Oaks by Chris Whitaker
Posted by Justine McGrath at http://www.thebookclubcafe.com in .

When reading Chris Whitaker’s accomplished debut novel, I was initially reminded of the quote by Thoreau, who said ‘The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.’ Set in Tall...

Beneath The Skin by Sandra Ireland
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‘The scars of the past are more than skin deep’ Now this is a very different read. Described as ‘Deliciously disturbing’, Beneath the Skin is the debut novel from Sandra...