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Bloody Christmas by Caimh McDonnell
Posted by Swirl and Thread in , .

Caimh McDonnell is a comedian who has very successfully turned his hand to writing with the creation of the most lovable rogue, Bunny McGarry. With a number of hilarious books...

A Great Beauty by A. O’Connor
Posted by Swirl and Thread in , .

Their relationship shocked London High Society and in Ireland was only spoken about in whispers – until now. Michael Collins – he was Ireland’s greatest hero. Lady Hazel Lavery –...

Dirtbirds’ Guide to Self-Help by Sue Collins and Sinead Culbert
Posted by Swirl and Thread in , .

Dirtbirds, Sue Collins and Sinead Culbert, are an Irish comedy duo who have been selling out venues all over Ireland since 2016. Their weekly sketches have a huge social media...

All That’s Dead by Stuart MacBride
Posted by Swirl and Thread in , .

All That’s Dead by Stuart MacBride is the twelfth book in this bestselling series featuring the charismatic Inspector Logan McRae. Published in hardback/ebook/audio with Harper Collins, it will be released in...

Violet by SJI Holliday
Posted by Swirl and Thread in , .

I never went backpacking in my formative years and after reading Violet, I think it is VERY safe to say that I NEVER will! Violet is the latest release from SJI Holliday...

Manhunters by Steve Murphy and Javier F. Peña
Posted by Swirl and Thread in , .

‘The explosive memoir of legendary DEA agents and the subject of the hit Netflix series Narcos, Steve Murphy and Javier F. Peña. Manhunters:How We Took Down Pablo Escobar by Steve...

The Man on the Street by Trevor Wood
Posted by Swirl and Thread in , .

The Man on the Street is the debut novel from Trevor Wood. Just published in digital and audio format with Quercus Books it is described as ‘the most gripping crime debut of...

The Temporary Gentleman by Sebastian Barry
Posted by Swirl and Thread in , .

Having read and thoroughly enjoyed Sebastian Barry’s work in the past, I purchased the beautiful 2014 edition (Faber & Faber) of The Temporary Gentleman. Another heartrending and emotional read from Sebastian...

Expectation by Anna Hope
Posted by Dymphna Nugent in , .

Expectation by Anna Hope was described by RTÉ’s Eileen Dunne as “a great holiday read” owing to Hope’s exploration of female friendships as they undergo the test of time. I...

Leonard and Hungry Paul by Rónán Hession
Posted by Dymphna Nugent in , .

Leonard and Hungry Paul is the story of two friends who gently and unobtrusively try to find their place in the world. Both in their 30s and both living at...