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April 25 @ 8:00 am - August 7 @ 5:00 pm

Lost, Found, Remembered
Lyra McKee

‘Determined, tenacious, intelligent, and honest in her approach.’ – Anna Burns

When the Northern Irish journalist Lyra McKee was murdered in Derry in April 2019 aged just 29, she was survived by her articles that had been read and loved by thousands worldwide.

This memorial anthology will weave together the pieces that defined her reputation as one of the most important and formidable investigative journalists of her generation. It showcases the expansive breadth of McKee’s voice by bringing together unpublished material alongside both her celebrated and lesser-known articles.

Released in time for the anniversary of her death, it reveals the sheer scope of McKee’s intellectual, political, and radically humane engagement with the world – and lets her spirit live on in her own words.


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Diary of a Young Naturalist (signed copies)
Dara McAnulty

Diary of a Young Naturalist chronicles the turning of 15-year-old Dara McAnulty’s world. From spring and through a year in his home patch in Northern Ireland, Dara spent the seasons writing. These vivid, evocative and moving diary entries about his connection to wildlife and the way he sees the world are raw in their telling. Diary of a Young Naturalist portrays Dara’s intense connection to the natural world, and his perspective as a teenager juggling exams and friendships alongside a life of campaigning.


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The Arms Crisis of 1970
Michael Heney

The arms crisis of 1970 came about when two Irish cabinet ministers, Charles Haughey and Neil Blaney, alongside an army officer and other figures, were accused by Taoiseach Jack Lynch of smuggling arms to the IRA in Northern Ireland.

The criminal prosecution that followed, the Arms Trial, was a cause celebre at the time; while it resulted in the acquittal of all the accused, the political crisis it generated was one of the major events of late twentieth-century Irish history.

In the fifty years since, myth and controversy has surrounded the trial and its aftermath. Was the country really on the brink of a bloody civil war involving North and South? Did the two Ministers sacked by Lynch help generate the bloody campaign of the Provisional IRA or were they set up by the Taoiseach as fall guys for an arms plot that was unofficially authorised but always deniable by Lynch? Was there, as is often claimed, a kind of coup in preparation that Lynch’s prompt action foiled?

A great deal of astonishing new evidence has been uncovered by Michael Heney in his research for this book, raising serious questions about Lynch and his relationship with future Taoiseach Charles Haughey. The book also contains the first comprehensive investigation into how the arms trial prosecution was mounted, and how the jury came to their verdict of acquittal. Heney’s meticulous scholarship challenges much of the conventional wisdom about these sensational events.


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Exciting Times
Naoise Dolan
Ava, newly arrived in Hong Kong from Dublin, spends her days teaching English to rich children.Julian is a banker. A banker who likes to spend money on Ava, to have sex and discuss fluctuating currencies with her. But when she asks whether he loves her, he cannot say more than ‘I like you a great deal’.Enter Edith, a lawyer. Refreshingly enthusiastic and unapologetically earnest, Edith takes Ava to the theatre when Julian leaves Hong Kong for work. Quickly, she becomes something Ava looks forward to.And then Julian writes to tell Ava he is coming back to Hong Kong … Should Ava return to the easy compatibility of her life with Julian or take a leap into the unknown with Edith?Politically alert, heartbreakingly raw, and dryly funny, Exciting Times is thrillingly attuned to the great freedoms and greater uncertainties of modern love. In stylish, uncluttered prose, Naoise Dolan dissects the personal and financial transactions that make up a life-and announces herself as a singular new voice.

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Stones of Aran
Tim RobinsonStones of Aran: Pilgrimage is, as Robert Macfarlane says in his introduction, ‘one of the most sustained, intensive and imaginative studies of a place that has ever been carried out’. That place is one of the most mysterious and oldest inhabited landscapes in the world, the islands of Aran off the west coast of Ireland.Tim Robinson’s epic exploration of the desolate, storm-lashed, limestone rocks, which have already haunted generations of Irish writers, takes the form of a clockwise journey around the coast. Every cliff, inlet and headland reveals layers of myth and historical memory, and Robinson makes beautifully crafted observations about the habits of birds, plants and the humans who lived there and endured, leaving records in stone – on the walls, cairns and ancient forts – in story and in oral tradition.

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The Five
Hallie RubenholdFive devastating human stories and a dark and moving portrait of Victorian London – the untold lives of the women killed by Jack the Ripper.Annie, Elizabeth, Catherine and Mary-Jane are famous for the same thing, though they never met. They came from Fleet Street, Knightsbridge, Wolverhampton, Sweden and Wales. They wrote ballads, ran coffee houses, lived on country estates, they breathed ink-dust from printing presses and escaped people-traffickers. What they had in common was the year of their murders: 1888.The person responsible was never identified, but the character created by the press to fill that gap has become far more famous than any of these five women. For more than a century, newspapers have been keen to tell us that ‘the Ripper’ preyed on prostitutes. Not only is this untrue, as historian Hallie Rubenhold has discovered, it has prevented the real stories of these fascinating women from being told.Now, in this devastating narrative of five lives, Rubenhold finally sets the record straight, revealing a world not just of Dickens and Queen Victoria, but of poverty, homelessness and rampant misogyny. They died because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time – but their greatest misfortune was to be born a woman.

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Handiwork
Sara BaumePublished by Tramp Press, Sara Baume’s debut non-fiction work is full of empathy and warmth. Contemplating the death of her father, the book juxtaposes memories of childhood, thoughts on the migratory habits of various species of birds, and the creative act itself. Ideal for dipping in and out of, these perceptive essays are perfectly formed nuggets of wisdom and seem designed to hold your hand through troubled times.

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Cherry
Nico WalkerHammered out on a prison typewriter, Cherry marks the arrival of a raw, bleakly hilarious, and surprisingly poignant voice straight from the dark heart of America.Cleveland, Ohio, 2003. A young man is just a college freshman when he meets Emily. They share a passion for Edward Albee and ecstasy and fall hard and fast in love. But soon Emily has to move home to Elba, New York, and he flunks out of school and joins the army.Desperate to keep their relationship alive, they marry before he ships out to Iraq. But as an army medic, he is unprepared for the grisly reality that awaits him. His fellow soldiers smoke; they huff computer duster; they take painkillers; they watch porn. And many of them die. He and Emily try to make their long-distance marriage work, but when he returns from Iraq, his PTSD is profound, and the drugs on the street have changed. The opioid crisis is beginning to swallow up the Midwest.Soon he is hooked on heroin, and so is Emily. They attempt a normal life, but with their money drying up, he turns to the one thing he thinks he could be really good at – robbing banks.

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Hitching for Hope
Ruairí McKiernanA modern travel tale part personal pilgrimage, part political quest that captures the power of human resilience”McKiernan sticks his thumb out, and somehow a healthy dose of humanity manages to roll up alongside him. . . . This book is a paean to nuance, decency and possibility.” Colum McCann, National Book Award winner and New York Times bestselling author of Let the Great World Spin and Apeirogon.Following the collapse of Ireland’s Celtic Tiger economy, social activist Ruairí McKiernan questions whether he should join the mounting number of emigrants searching for greater opportunity elsewhere. McKiernan embarks on a hitchhiking odyssey with no money, no itinerary and no idea where he might end up each night. His mission: to give voice to those emerging from one of the most painful periods of economic and social turmoil in Ireland s history. Engaging, provocative and sincere, Hitching for Hope is a testimony to the spirit of Ireland. It is an inspirational manifesto for hope and healing in troubled times.

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A Natural Year
Michael Fewer
In A Natural Year, critically acclaimed travel writer Michael Fewer celebrates the everyday wonder of Irish nature in these beautifully written diaries, observed from his homes in south Dublin and rural Waterford, in which he delights at the startling beauty and extraordinary complexity of the natural world through the tranquil rhythms of the passing seasons.Fewer’s infectious passion for his subject simply inspires our own observation, and suggests how careful study of the natural world around us can be a sure antidote to the stresses of modern life.At a time when it’s essential for us to understand the crisis that faces our wildlife and environment, we need to know more about the natural world around us, the treasures that are being needlessly lost, and the threat to our very way of life. A Natural Year will open eyes and hearts to a greater understanding of the world around us, and its innate beauty and fragility.

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On Immunity
Eula BissIn this bold, fascinating book, Eula Biss addresses a chronic condition of fear – fear of the government, the medical establishment, and what may be in your children’s air, food, mattresses, medicines, and vaccines. Reflecting on her own experience as a new mother, Biss investigates the metaphors and myths surrounding our conception of immunity and its implications for the individual and the social body. She extends a conversation with other mothers to meditations on Voltaire’s Candide, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, Susan Sontag’s AIDS and Its Metaphors, and beyond. On Immunity is an inoculation against our fear and a moving account of how we are all interconnected – our bodies and our fates.

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Minor Detail

Adania ShibliTold in two parts, this short novella is a formidable mediation on power, the state and the treatment of women during occupation and war. The book opens in 1949 during the formation of the Israeli state. An officer has been sent out to deal with insurgents, clearing the area for new settlements. When he is bitten by a spider his mental state starts to unravel, his actions becoming stranger and more erratic until they culminate in a shocking act of violence. In modern day Palestine, a young woman hears about the atrocity and decides to investigate. But travelling through the country isn’t as easy as you might think. Thought-provoking and quietly profound, this is a book that will stay with me for a long time.

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Doggerland
Ben SmithSet on a huge, sprawling ocean wind farm, Ben Smith’s debut novel is a sparse, poignant evocation of future times. Boy and the Old Man live in isolation, looking after a crumbling and neglected wind farm far out from shore. Their only contact with the outside world is the pilot of the supply boat who visits from time to time and crackly and disturbing broadcasts from The Land. Beautifully written, this wonderfully haunting novel explores a life of isolation and despair and lingers long in the mind.

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Our Little Cruelties
Liz Nugent

Three brothers are at the funeral. One lies in the coffin.

Will, Brian and Luke grow up competing for their mother’s unequal love. As men, the competition continues – for status, money, fame, women …

They each betray each other, over and over, until one of them is dead.

But which brother killed him?


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Rest And Be Thankful

Emma Glass

Dark and hypnotic, Emma Glass’ debut novella is a tightly wound beast. Laura is a nurse working in the paediatric department of a hospital. Long working hours, a fractured relationship and the strain of handling delicate bodies every day are taking their toll. She dreams about drowning, a strange figure lingers at the edge of her vision, while home is no longer the sanctuary it is meant to be. Quietly devastating, this short, tense story seems strangely prescient today and wastes no time in luring you into its vividly realised world.

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On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous
Ocean VuongIf you haven’t had the chance to read this magnificent novel yet, then now is surely the time. One of my favourite books of the last few years, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is so beautifully written that you want to learn every single word and sentence by heart. Written as a letter to the narrator’s Mother, the story follows a young man growing up in rural American after being uprooted by the violence in Vietnam. Startlingly beautiful and affecting, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is a book so good that you feel it is your mission to tell all your friends.

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Little Eyes
Samanta SchweblinI read Samanta Schweblin’s excellent new novel in one fevered sitting. Thought provoking and chilling, it was time well spent! Longlisted for the International Booker Prize, Samanta Schweblin’s new book is a novel which slowly but surely gets under your skin. Imagine a world where you can have a toy in your house controlled by someone else. They can travel wherever they like, you are unable to turn the camera off. You have no idea who they are, but they see everything and more. Taking themes of escapism, social media and the perils of living in an interconnected world, Little Eyes is a whip-smart tale which I found impossible to put down.

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Winter In Sokcho

Elisa Shua DusapinAnybody eagerly awaiting the next Haruki Murakami book would do well to give Elisa Shua Dusapin’s debut novel a try. Atmospheric and beguiling, the story is told in a dreamy, almost minimal style. Working in a guesthouse in Sokcho, a town which borders North and South Korea, the narrator’s life is thrown into disarray by the arrival of a strange new guest. Finding herself ever more drawn to this mysterious character she jumps at the opportunity to show him around. Moving and evocative, Winter In Sokcho evokes a world full of loneliness and longing with the minimum of fuss.

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The Man Who Saw Everything

Deborah LevyNow out in paperback, Deborah Levy’s latest book is every bit as good as expected from one of the best writers of our times. Just before heading on a trip to East Germany in 1988 Saul Adler is knocked down by a car. The aftermath of this event will follow the historian and dreamer throughout the coming years. Split into two parts, The Man Who Saw Everything is a wonderful novel about love, desire and having to live with the mistakes that we make.

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Dregs
Jorn Lier Horst

Fans of BBC4 Saturday evening Scandi Noir or the work of Henning Mankell will find much to enjoy in the Wisting series of books. Set in Norway, the books are meticulously paced, well researched and thoughtful. In this particular novel a series of left feet are found washed up on the shore. Who do they belong to, and where are the rest of the presumed bodies are just two of the questions plaguing police inspector William Wisting. A veteran of sorts, he and his team need to work together to solve this puzzling case.


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Strange Hotel
Eimear McBride

From the multi-award-winning author of the literary phenomenon A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing.At the mid-point of her life a woman enters an Avignon hotel room. She’s been here once before – but while the room hasn’t changed, she is a different person now.Forever caught between check-in and check-out, she will go on to occupy other hotel rooms, from Prague to Oslo, Auckland to Austin, each as anonymous as the last, but bound by rules of her choosing. There, amid the detritus of her travels, the matchbooks, cigarettes, keys and room-service wine, she will negotiate with memory, with the men she sometimes meets, and with what it might mean to return home.

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Where are We Now?

Glenn PattersonGlenn Patterson’s Where Are We Now? is a novel about lost love, growing older and the realities of life in a society still haunted by decades of violence. By turns moving and funny, topical and sharp, it is a life-affirming story of a life not yet over.

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Inventory
Darran AndersonA smuggler and a deserter, Darran Anderson’s grandfathers skirted the Second World War on the fringes of legality. Darran’s father survived the height of the political violence in Northern Ireland and Darran came of age during the final years of the Troubles.As a young man, Darran lost his way in the midst of hedonism, division and isolation. To find a way to exist in the world, he felt compelled to leave his hometown.But the disappearance of another young man in his family brings him back to the city and its history. Darran walks the banks of the River Foyle, his father and uncle by his side, searching for what has been lost and what might now be said.Inventory is sunlight, exposing and cleansing. It is a challenge to generations of silence. A portrait of a city, a biography of a family, a record of the objects that make up a life. Darran Anderson’s lucid and intimate prose offers a vital new perspective on a troubled history.

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The Irish Cook Book
JP McMahon

The Irish Cookbook showcases the true depth of Irish cuisine, its ingredients, and its fascinating history, as never before

Ireland’s remarkably rich food heritage dates back millenia and, in The Irish Cookbook, acclaimed chef Jp McMahon captures its unique culinary origins and varied influences. Irish food is the summation of what the land and sea gives; the book’s 480 home-cooking recipes celebrate the range and quality of Ireland’s bounty, from oysters and seaweed on its west coast to beef and lamb from its lush green pastures, to produce and forage from throughout the island. Presenting best-loved traditional dishes together with many lesser-known gems, this book vividly evokes the warmth, hospitality, and culinary spirit of the Emerald Isle.


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Lifestyle Choice 10mg
Rosemary Jenkinson

Lifestyle Choice 10MG takes a thrilling race through Belfast and life itself in 12 stand-alone short stories, looking at love, loss, sexuality, sex (lots of sex), erotica, drugs, addiction and, generally, modern day rock & roll.


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Funny Weather
Olivia Laing

In this remarkable, inspiring collection of essays, acclaimed writer and critic Olivia Laing makes a brilliant case for why art matters, especially in the turbulent political weather of the twenty first century.

Funny Weather brings together a career’s worth of Laing’s writing about art and culture, examining its role in our political and emotional lives. She profiles Jean-Michel Basquiat and Georgia O’Keefe, interviews Hilary Mantel and Ali Smith, writes love letters to David Bowie and Freddie Mercury, and explores loneliness and technology, women and alcohol, sex and the body. With characteristic originality and compassion, she celebrates art as a force of resistance and repair, an antidote to a frightening political time.

We’re often told art can’t change anything. Laing argues that it can. It changes how we see the world. It makes plain inequalities and it offers fertile new ways of living.


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Keep ‘Er Lit
Van Morrison

We have regular and limited edition Van Morrison books (with bespoke cloth bags) available here.


Still Worlds Turning
Edited by Emma Warnock

With an introduction from June Caldwell (Room Little Darker, 2017), Still Worlds Turning presents new stories from the following contributors:

Niall Bourke, Lucy Caldwell, Jan Carson, Judyth Emanuel, Wendy Erskine, Louise Farr, Lauren Foley, Ian Green, Daniel Hickey, Michael Holloway, Suzanne Joinson, Niamh MacCabe, Laura-Blaise McDowell, Gerard McKeown, Mandy Taggart, Catherine Talbot, Sam Thompson, Joanna Walsh, Dawn Watson, Eley Williams.


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The Glass Shore
Edited by Sinéad Gleeson

Following the huge success of The Long Gaze Back in 2015, New Island is delighted to announce the forthcoming publication of The Glass Shore: Short Stories by Women Writers from the North of Ireland, edited by Sinéad Gleeson. Spanning three centuries, The Glass Shore will feature both writers that are emerging and established, alongside deceased luminaries and forerunners. Featuring stories by: Linda Anderson, Margaret Barrington, Mary Beckett, Lucy Caldwell, Ethna Carbery, Jan Carson, Evelyn Conlon, Anne Devlin, Martina Devlin, Polly Devlin, Erminda Rentoul Esler, Sarah Grand, Rosemary Jenkinson, Sheila Llewelyn, Bernie McGill, Rosa Mulholland, Anne-Marie Neary, Mary O Donnell, Helen Waddell, Roisín O Donnell and many more.


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Europa 28
Edited by Sophie Hughes and Sarah Cleave

‘To be European,’ writes Leïla Slimani, ‘is to believe that we are, at once, diverse and united, that the Other is different but equal.’

Despite these high ideals, however, there is a growing sense that Europe needs to be fixed, or at the least seriously rethought. The clamour of rising nationalism – alongside widespread feelings of disenfranchisement – needs to be addressed if the dreams of social cohesion, European integration, perhaps even democracy are to be preserved.

This anthology brings together 28 acclaimed women writers, artists, scientists and entrepreneurs from across the continent to offer new perspectives on the future of Europe, and how it might be rebuilt. Featuring essays, fictions and short plays, Europa28 asks what it means to be European today and demonstrates – with clarity and often humour – how women really do see things differently.


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The Cambridge History of Ireland 4-volume set
General editor: Thomas Bartlett
Set RRP: £120 Our Price: £100This authoritative, accessible and engaging four-volume history vividly presents the Irish story – or stories – from c.600 to the present, within its broader Atlantic, European, imperial and global contexts. While the volumes benefit from a strong political narrative framework, they are distinctive also in including essays that address the full range of social, economic, religious, linguistic, military, cultural, artistic and gender history, and in challenging traditional chronological boundaries in a manner that offers new perspectives and insights. Each volume examines Ireland’s development within a distinct period, and offers a complete and rounded picture of Irish life, while remaining sensitive to the unique Irish experience. Bringing together an international team of experts, this landmark history both reflects recent developments in the field and sets the agenda for future study.

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Magnetic Field
Simon Armitage

Growing up in Marsden among the hills of West Yorkshire, Simon Armitage has always associated his early poetic experiences with the night-time view from his bedroom window, those ‘private, moonstruck observations’ and the clockwork comings and goings in the village providing rich subject matter for his first poems. Decades on, that window continues to operate as both framework and focal point for the writing, the vastness of the surrounding moors always at his shoulder and forming a constant psychological backdrop, no matter how much time has elapsed and how distant those experiences.

Magnetic Field brings together Armitage’s Marsden poems, from his very first pamphlet to new work from a forthcoming collection. It offers personal insight into a preoccupation that shows no signs of fading, and his perspective on a locality he describes as ‘transcendent and transgressive’, a genuinely unique region forming a frontier territory between many different worlds. Magnetic Field also invites questions about the forging of identity, the precariousness of memory, and our attachment to certain places and the forces they exert.


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Stephanie Elizondo Griest
All the Agents and Saints

After a decade of chasing stories around the globe, intrepid travel writer Stephanie Elizondo Griest followed the magnetic pull home–only to discover that her native South Texas had been radically transformed in her absence. Ravaged by drug wars and barricaded by an eighteen-foot steel wall, her ancestral land had become the nation’s foremost crossing ground for undocumented workers, many of whom perished along the way. The frequency of these tragedies seemed like a terrible coincidence, before Elizondo Griest moved to the New York / Canada borderlands. Once she began to meet Mohawks from the Akwesasne Nation, however, she recognized striking parallels to life on the southern border. Having lost their land through devious treaties, their mother tongues at English-only schools, and their traditional occupations through capitalist ventures, Tejanos and Mohawks alike struggle under the legacy of colonialism. Toxic industries surround their neighbourhoods while the U.S. Border Patrol militarises them. Combating these forces are legions of artists and activists devoted to preserving their indigenous cultures. Complex belief systems, meanwhile, conjure miracles. In All the Agents and Saints, Elizondo Griest weaves seven years of stories into a meditation on the existential impact of international borderlines by illuminating the spaces in between and the people who live there.


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The Butchers
Ruth Gilligan

Una’s family are Believers. Their way of life is shrouded in secrecy and bound by traditions and superstitions which have been embraced by generations. As Ireland changes those who Believe dwindle in number and there are fewer and fewer people who wish to take on the mantle and continue the practice. Except Una whose fierce loyalty and determination shine through as she is faced with the possibility of having to abandon the world she loves and knows.


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Love After Love

Ingrid Persaud 
After Betty Ramdin’s husband dies, she invites a colleague, Mr. Chetan, to move in with her and her son, Solo. Over time, the three become a family, loving each other deeply and depending upon one another. Then, one fateful night, Solo overhears Betty confiding in Mr. Chetan and learns a secret that plunges him into torment.

Solo flees Trinidad for New York to carve out a lonely existence as an undocumented immigrant, and Mr. Chetan remains the singular thread holding mother and son together. But soon, Mr. Chetan’s own burdensome secret is revealed, with heartbreaking consequences. Love After Love interrogates love and family in all its myriad meanings and forms, asking how we might exchange an illusory love for one that is truly fulfilling.

In vibrant, addictive Trinidadian prose, Love After Love questions who and how we love, the obligations of family, and the consequences of choices made in desperation.


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The Mirror and the Light
Hilary Mantel

England, May 1536. Anne Boleyn is dead, decapitated in the space of a heartbeat by a hired French executioner. As her remains are bundled into oblivion, Thomas Cromwell breakfasts with the victors. The blacksmith’s son from Putney emerges from the spring’s bloodbath to continue his climb to power and wealth, while his formidable master, Henry VIII, settles to short-lived happiness with his third queen, Jane Seymour.

Cromwell is a man with only his wits to rely on; he has no great family to back him, no private army. Despite rebellion at home, traitors plotting abroad and the threat of invasion testing Henry’s regime to breaking point, Cromwell’s robust imagination sees a new country in the mirror of the future. But can a nation, or a person, shed the past like a skin? Do the dead continually unbury themselves? What will you do, the Spanish ambassador asks Cromwell, when the king turns on you, as sooner or later he turns on everyone close to him?

With The Mirror and the Light, Hilary Mantel brings to a triumphant close the trilogy she began with Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. She traces the final years of Thomas Cromwell, the boy from nowhere who climbs to the heights of power, offering a defining portrait of predator and prey, of a ferocious contest between present and past, between royal will and a common man’s vision: of a modern nation making itself through conflict, passion and courage.


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Apeirogon
Colum McCann

Rami Elhanan and Bassam Aramin live near one another – yet they exist worlds apart. Rami is Israeli. Bassam is Palestinian. Rami’s license plate is yellow. Bassam’s license plate is green. It takes Rami fifteen minutes to drive to the West Bank. The same journey for Bassam takes an hour and a half.

Both men have lost their daughters. Rami’s thirteen-year-old girl Smadar was killed by a suicide bomber while out shopping with her friends. Bassam’s ten-year-old daughter Abir was shot and killed by a member of the border police outside her school. There was a candy bracelet in her pocket she hadn’t had time to eat yet.

The men become the best of friends.

In this epic novel – named for a shape with a countably infinite number of sides – Colum McCann crosses centuries and continents, stitching time, art, history, nature and politics into a tapestry of friendship, love, loss and belonging. Musical, muscular, delicate and soaring, Apeirogon is the novel for our times.


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Will and Testament
Vigdis Hjorth

Four siblings. Two summer houses. One terrible secret. When a dispute over her parents’ will grows bitter, Bergljot is drawn back into the orbit of the family she fled twenty years before. Her mother and father have decided to leave two island summer houses to her sisters, disinheriting the two eldest siblings from the most meaningful part of the estate. To outsiders, it is a quarrel about property and favouritism. But Bergljot, who has borne a horrible secret since childhood, understands the gesture as something very different—a final attempt to suppress the truth and a cruel insult to the grievously injured.

Will and Testament is a lyrical meditation on trauma and memory, as well as a furious account of a woman’s struggle to survive and be believed. Vigdis Hjorth’s novel became a controversial literary sensation in Norway and has been translated into twenty languages.


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Actress
Anne Enright

From the Booker-winning Irish author, a brilliant and moving novel about fame, sexual power, and a daughter’s search to understand her mother’s hidden truths.

This is the story of Irish theatre legend Katherine O’Dell, as told by her daughter Norah. It tells of early stardom in Hollywood, of highs and lows on the stages of Dublin and London’s West End. Katherine’s life is a grand performance, with young Norah watching from the wings.

But this romance between mother and daughter cannot survive Katherine’s past, or the world’s damage. As Norah uncovers her mother’s secrets, she acquires a few of her own. Then, fame turns to infamy when Katherine decides to commit a bizarre crime.

Actress is about a daughter’s search for the truth: the dark secret in the bright star, and what drove Katherine finally mad.

Brilliantly capturing the glamour of post-war America and the shabbiness of 1970s Dublin, Actress is an intensely moving, disturbing novel about mothers and daughters and the men in their lives. A scintillating examination of the corrosive nature of celebrity, it is also a sad and triumphant tale of freedom from bad love, and from the avid gaze of the crowd.


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A Talented Man
Henrietta McKerveyEllis Spender, only son of a once-esteemed society family, believes money, success and the high life are his birthright — only prevented by a cruel trick of fate.Struggling to stay ahead of his creditors, the dejected writer decides to forge a sequel to one of the most famous novels of all time, Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Its remarkable ‘discovery’ will create the lifestyle he believes is his due. But as his scheme begins to bear fruit, others who stand to gain become obstacles. And Ellis will stop at nothing to achieve his desires…A Talented Man is a page-turning literary thriller of deception, forgery … and murder.

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This Mournable Body
Tsitsi Dangarembga

In this tense and psychologically charged novel, Tsitsi Dangarembga channels the hope and potential of one young girl and a fledgling nation to lead us on a journey to discover where lives go after hope has departed.

Here we meet Tambudzai, living in a run-down youth hostel in downtown Harare and anxious about her prospects after leaving a stagnant job. At every turn in her attempt to make a life for herself, she is faced with a fresh humiliation, until the painful contrast between the future she imagined and her daily reality ultimately drives her to a breaking point.


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Here We Are
Graham Swift

It is Brighton, 1959, and the theatre at the end of the pier is having its best summer season in years. Ronnie, a brilliant young magician, and Evie, his dazzling assistant, are top of the bill, drawing audiences each night. Meanwhile, Jack – Jack Robinson, as in ‘before you can say’ – is everyone’s favourite compère, a born entertainer, holding the whole show together.

As the summer progresses, the off-stage drama between the three begins to overshadow their theatrical success, and events unfold which will have lasting consequences for all their futures.

Rich, comic, alive and subtly devastating, Here We Are is a masterly piece of literary magicianship which pulls back the curtain on the human condition.

 


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My Year of Rest and Relaxation
Ottess Moshfegh

‘Tender, honest and, at times, hilarious, this tale of one woman’s quest to sleep as much as humanly possible for a year is shockingly good. Beautifully melancholic, this is a book you instantly want to recommend to all your friends.’ –– John

£8.99


The Princess Bride
William Goldman

‘This is a skilful and satirical abridgement of a fictional book that Goldman’s father would read to him as a child. Full of the humour, wit, and charm you come to know from the screenplay –– which Goldman also wrote –– but with slightly more depth to make it even more brilliant.’ ––Ríbh

£8.99


 


The Consolations of Philosophy
Alain de Botton

‘Alain de Botton strips philosophy down to its simplest and most accessible form. He picks six philosophers who address the problems of everyday life. Beautifully written and east to read.’ –Kate

£10.99

 


Ways of Seeing
John Berger 

‘An incredible book that looks at visual culture using examples from oil paintings to photography and advertising. It examines the question of how we see the world around us. Highly recommend!’ ––Kate

£8.99

 

 


Fifty Fifty

Steve Cavanagh

Pre order your copy of “Fifty- Fifty” the latest Steve Cavanagh novel. Due 2/4/2020

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The Last Crossing
Brian McGillowayOn Sale, the latest novel by Brian McGilloway, “The Last Crossing”Hardback First Editions. £16.99 with Free UK shipping

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April 25 @ 8:00 am
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August 7 @ 5:00 pm

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