Monday, 22 October 2012

This week's recommended read!

The silver dark sea by Susan Fletcher
A profound tale of love, loss and the lore of the sea.
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 The islanders of Parla are still mourning the loss of one of their own. Four years since that loss, and a man -- un-named, unclothed -- is washed onto their shores. Some say he is a mythical man from the sea -- potent, kind and beautiful; others suspect him. For the bereft Maggie, this stranger brings love back to the isle. But as the days pass he changes every one of them -- and the time comes for his story to be told! 

Tender, lyrical and redemptive, The Silver Dark Sea is the dazzling new novel from the author of Eve Green (winner of Whitbred First Novel award) and Witch Light. It is a story about what life can give and take from us, when we least expect it -- and how love, in all its forms, is the greatest gift of all.

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Great New Titles - Check them out today!

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A trick I learned from dead men by Kitty Aldridge

The Dinner by Herman Kock

The Day you saved by life by Louise Candlish

Abdication by Juliet Nicolson

The hundred year old man who climbed out of the window and disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

Philida: A Novel by André Brink

This Week's Recommended Read!

Waiting for Sunrise / William Boyd.

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Vienna. 1913. It is a fine day in August when Lysander Rief, a young English actor, walks through the city to his first appointment with the eminent psychiatrist, Dr. Bensimon. Sitting in the waiting room he is anxiously pondering the nature of his problem when an extraordinary woman enters. She is clearly in distress, but Lysander is immediately drawn to her strange, hazel eyes and her unusual, intense beauty. Later the same day they meet again, and a more composed Hettie Bull introduces herself as an artist and sculptor, and invites Lysander to a party hosted by her lover, the famous painter Udo Hoff.

October Read: Cootehill Reading Group

Grace Williams says it loud by Emma Henderson

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The doctors said no more could be done and advised Grace's parents to put her away. On her first day at the Briar Mental Institute, Grace, aged eleven, meets Daniel. Debonair Daniel, an epileptic who can type with his feet, sees a different Grace: someone to share secrets and canoodle with, someone to fight for. A deeply affecting, spirit-soaring story of love against the odds.

Shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction for 2011, The Times Bookclub choice for April, Nominated for The London Book Award 2011 in the London Awards for Art and Performance and The Author's Club First Book Award.

Friday, 12 October 2012

October Read: Bailieborough Library

The Speckled People by Hugo Hamilton

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Shortlisted for the Bord Gais Irish Book Awards Book of the Decade.
The childhood world of Hugo Hamilton is a confused place. His father, a brutal Irish nationalist, demands his children speak Gaelic at home whilst his mother, a softly spoken German emigrant who escaped Nazi Germany at the beginning of the war, encourages them to speak German. All Hugo wants to do is speak English. English is, after all, what the other children in Dublin speak. English is what they use when they hunt down Hugo (or "Eichmann" as they dub him) in the streets of Dublin, and English is what they use when they bring him to trial and execute him at a mock seaside court. Out of this fear and confusion Hugo tries to build a balanced view of the world, to turn the twisted logic of what he is told into truth.

October Read: Cavan Reading Group

This month we are revisiting the works of acclaimed author Edna O'Brien in celebration of Country Girl: A memoir. Please visit our catalogue and reserve one of Edna's titles today!

Edna O'Brien