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In a Hare’s Eye by Breda Wall Ryan
Posted by Hubert O'Hearn in .

Doíre Press 2015, Trade Paperback 79 pages, €12 cover price It’s no great feat of scholarship to state that a book of poetry is observational; all poetry and indeed all...

The Workhouses of Ireland. The Fate of Ireland’s Poor by John O’Connor
Posted by Orla McAlinden in .

A stunning, readable, approach to a devastating topic. The proposal by the British Government in the early 1830s to introduce a system of workhouses into Ireland, in keeping with the...

Rats. Observations on the History and Habitat of the City’s Most Unwanted Inhabitants.
Posted by Orla Mcalinden in .

While waiting for my time slot for a tour of the Museum of the Tenements, in New York’s lower East Side, I flicked through their gift store and stumbled on...

The Revenant by Michael Punke
Posted by Justine McGrath at http://www.thebookclubcafe.com in .

‘Avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.’ Rom.12:19 This quote at the beginning of ‘The...

Return To Tyringham Park by Rosemary McLoughlin
Posted by Margaret Madden. BleachHouseLibrary.ie in .

A lavish Irish country estate, Tyringham Park is once again full of secrets, lies and tragedy. When Lochlann returns from his post as a doctor in the Australian Outback, he...

FRACTURED by Clár Ní Chonghaile
Posted by Justine McGrath at http://www.thebookclubcafe.com in .

The great poet Alexander Pope said, ‘To err is human; to forgive, divine.’ This is a truth worthy of consideration for the three main characters in this electrifying debut novel...

The Rising Son by Brian Kirk
Posted by Mia Madden, BleachHouseLibrary.ie in .

REVIEW BY MIA, AGED 12. This book is about 12-year-old Jack O’Connor from London, who goes to Dublin and stays with his Grandad because his Mom needs some space. He...

I’ll Be Home For Christmas by Roisin Meaney
Posted by Margaret Madden. BleachHouseLibrary.ie in .

Tilly is on a mission. Onboard a flight halfway around the world, she is trying to find answers. The questions have only just surfaced but time is not on her...

Echowave by Joe Joyce
Posted by Justine McGrath at http://www.thebookclubcafe.com in .

Joe Joyce, an exceptionally accomplished writer, has written a trilogy (of which Echowave is the final installment) during an interesting time in Ireland’s history – World War II. Although I...

Maiden Names by Martin Dyar
Posted by Trevor Conway in .

Martin Dyar’s debut poetry collection, winner of the Patrick Kavanagh Award, is full of poems that are, in a way, more stories than poems. They present the most interesting details...