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By Royal Appointment by A. O’Connor
Posted by Dymphna Nugent in , .

In 1861, Irish actress and vivacious music hall singer Nellie Cliffden embarked on an affair with nineteen year-old Bertie, Prince of Wales. This affair nearly tore the monarchy apart, at...

47 Seconds by Jane Ryan
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‘Respect was everything. Conditioning less so. There I was, jaw pumped on nothing, words chewed until they split, husks of anger suppressed then broken, granular in my mouth, sitting on...

The Gift of Friends by Emma Hannigan
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I am not instinctively drawn to books with bright leafy covers and swirly writing. To me, it advertises artificial happiness and I don’t engage well with that promise of a...

Last Ones Left Alive by Sarah Davis-Goff
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Orpen has grown up shaped by the wild landscape of the west coast of Ireland. She has been shaped by the warmth of the love shown her by her mother...

Hold My Hand by M.J. Ford
Posted by Swirl and Thread in , .

‘You only looked away for a second… How long do you hunt for the missing?’ Although I did have a copy of this novel since last year, I never got...

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Posted by Dymphna Nugent in , .

A disturbing contrast opens up Delia Owens’ debut novel, a contrast between the colourful life of the marshes and the decayed sludge of the swamp. The swamp suggests heat, sweat,...

One Minute Later by Susan Lewis
Posted by Swirl and Thread in , .

You think your life is perfect. You think your secrets are safe. You think it’ll always be this way. But your life can change in a heartbeat….’  One Minute Later by...

The Failing Heart by Eoghan Smith
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Following the death of his mother, we follow a young man as he hurtles through juggling the stages of grief while dealing with the pressure of producing an academic document...

Future Popes of Ireland by Darragh Martin
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‘In 1979 Bridget Doyle has one goal left in life; for her family to produce the very first Irish pope…’  Future Popes of Ireland was published by 4th Estate ( Harper...

Roar by Cecelia Ahern
Posted by Dymphna Nugent in , .

One of the finest pieces of work to emerge from 2018, Cecelia Ahern is ablaze with glory in her latest book, Roar. A collection of thirty short stories, written from...