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The Fault in Our Stars
By John Green

Ms Morrissey An emotional roller-coaster transports us through the real world of terminally ill teenagers and shares with us the beautifully blossoming love between the gutsy Hazel Grace and the sublime Augustus Waters.  This book strikes an irreverent note - at times funny, at times painfully raw, but it neither shirks the tragic reality nor permits any emotional languish.  Beautifully written.  I loved it!

By Colum McCann

Ms Barragry Shortlisted for this year's Booker Prize, I really enjoyed local man Colum McCann's latest offering.  For anyone interested in history, the linking trio of stories sweeps across Irish history from the flight of Alcock and Brown, to black freed slave Fredrick Douglas recounting his visit to Ireland to meet Daniel O'Connell, and the more recent history of Senator George Mitchell's part in the Northern Ireland Peace Process.  The book to me reads at times like poetry, and his careful word choice draws you into the very atmosphere of each of the connected stories.

The Other Hand
By Chris Cleave

Ms Barragry This is a book that stayed with me quite a while after reading it.  It chronicles the story of a Nigerian girl, "Little Bee" after her release from an immigration detention centre in Britain.  However, she has a connection from her traumatic past with an affluent London magazine editor, and their story intertwines throughout the book.  It is at times a harrowing read, but also one that is beautifully written and shows the author's wonderful descriptive powers.

On Canaan's Side
By Sebastian Barry

Ms Barragry This novel, narrated by an 89 year old woman has many different elements...love story, thriller, tragedy and at all times, beautiful writing to keep the reader engaged.  We begin to wonder how Lily, whose Irish family was involved with 1916 and War of Independence, ended up in America with a grandson who fought in the Vietnam war.  The first sentence had me hooked: "What is the sound of an eighty-nine year old heart breaking?"  The book answers that question.  A great read, by a super Irish author.

The House of the Mosque
By Kader Abdolah

Ms O'Shea A great read about Iran just after the fall of the Shah and the start of the Ayatolloh regime.

Unbroken:  A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption
By Laura Hillenbrand

Ms O'Shea A bit of a tome, but the true story of an American war hero before and after WWII.
09-09-13 Broken Harbor
By Tana French
Ms O'Shea A crime thriller set in post-crash Dublin

The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared
By Jonas Jonasson

Ms O'Shea A great light-hearted read that will make you laugh out loud.

By Emma Donoghue

Ms Morrissey Undeniably disturbing, but the first person narrative of 5 year old Jack who has spent those years in a single room is deftly handled by an accomplished and compassionate writer.
06-09-13 Nineteen Eighty-Four
By George Orwell
Ms Lea

The tale from which the idea of 'Big Brother' came. A classic novel which looks at the idea of state surveillance, propoganda and thought crime. Orwell's vision of the future is both appalling and horrifyingly familiar.

06-09-13 My Journey
Jim Stynes
Ms Lea

Autobiography of an Irish man who became an Australian Football star but developed cancer. His will to survive is awe-inspiring. A life-affirming read.

06-09-13 Matters of Life and Death
By Bernard MacLaverty
Ms Lea

A collection of short stories from some years ago now that I recently reread. Beautiful, touching stories - a collection that will stay with you.

06-09-13 Stepping Stones
By Dennis O'Driscoll
Ms Lea

The passing of Seamus Heaney has reminded many of us of the wonderful encounters we have had with his poetry. This series of interviews that Heaney gave to his friend Dennis O'Driscoll gives amazing insight into the man and the poet. Written in a question and answer format it is very easy to dip in and out of.

06-09-13 Old Filth
By Jane Gardam
Ms Lea First of a trilogy about Sir Edward Feathers, a lawyer whose nickname is "Filth" (Failed in London Try Hong Kong"). A man whose past contains many dark secrets
18-Apr-13 The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
By Rachel Joyce
Ms Prendiville Uplifting!
30-Jan-08 Tenderwire
By Claire Kilroy
Ms Cleary  
20-Nov-07 The Book Thief
By Marcus Zusak
Ms Keogh Really great book
20-Nov-07 The Book Thief
By Marcus Zusak
Ms Lea A story narrated by Death. Tearjerker.
19-Nov-07 The Sixth Lamentation
By William Broderick
Ms Dawson  
12-Mar-07 Mothers and Sons
By Colm Toibin
Ms Lea Beautifully written collection of short stories
08-Feb-07 Virgin Blue
By Tracy Chevalier
Ms Lea From the same author as 'Girl with a Pearl Earring'
08-Feb-07 A History of the World in 10½ Chapters By Julian Barnes Ms O'Connell Funny, interesting, thought-provoking!
08-Feb-07 Baba-Ji agus T na G: Seachrán san India Ms Shannon Eadrom agus Greanmhar (an fear as 'no Béarla')
08-Feb-07 House of the Spirits
by Isabel Allende
Ms Cleary  
08-Feb-07 The Pilot's Wife by Anita Shreve Ms Cleary Interesting, easy read
08-Feb-07 Olivia Joules
by Helen Fielding
Ms Cleary Ridiculous, but entertaining
18-Dec-06 The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
by John Boyne
Ms Lea The holocaust - from the perspective of a 9-year old on the other side of the fence
11-Dec-06 Eats, Shoots and Leaves
by Lynne Truss
Ms Morrissey A gem of a book - for all who are passionate about punctuation
1-Dec-06 A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian
by Marina Lewycks
Ms Corcoran A bitter-sweet tale that will make you chuckle
30-Nov-06 Marley and me
by John Grogan
Ms Early If you own, or have ever owned a mad dog, then this is the book for you - a light read!
26-Nov-06 His Dark Materials Trilogy
by Philip Pullman
Ms Carthy Well worth reading!
16-Nov-06 The Smoke Jumper
by Nicholas Evans
Ms Carthy A good read
16-Nov-06 The Alchemist
by Paolo Coelho
Ms McElroy A read for every interest!
16-Nov-06 Should have got off at Sydney Parade
by Paul Howard (Ross O'Carroll-Kelly)
  Very funny
16-Nov-06 The Time Traveller's Wife
by Audrey Niffenegger
Ms F Walsh Persist with it - it's a fantastic read. Stretch your imagination.
12-Jan-06 Veronika Decides to Die
by Paolo Coelho
Ms Delahunty  
12-Jan-06 Patrick Kavanagh: a Biography
by Antoinette Quinn
Ms Whelan A lovely read. You will know someone in the book, I think. Beautifully written.
11-Jan-06 A Long, Long Way
by Sebastian Barry
Ms Lea  
27-Oct-05 The Mysteries of Udolpho
by Ann Radcliffe
  Sweeping Gothic romance - castles, damsels in distress!
26-Oct-05 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
by Mark Haddon
Ms Regan A little different!
20-Oct-05 The Crystal Cove / The Hollow Hills / The Last Enchantment (Arthurian Trilogy)
by Mary Stewart
Ms Carthy Very well researched. Interesting reading.
19-Oct-05 Only Child
by Frank O'Connor
Ms Burke-Kennedy  
18-Oct-05 The Life of Pi
by Yann Martel
Ms Burke-Kennedy  
18-Oct-05 Frankenstein
by Mary Shelley
Ms Corcoran Find out what the real monster's name is!
18-Oct-05 Jane Eyre
by Charlotte Bronte
Ms O'Connell All time favourite!
17-Oct-05 The Loop
by Nicholas Evans
Ms Carthy Great author!
17-Oct-05 Remembering Babylon
by David Malouf
Ms Murphy  
17-Oct-05 Pride and Prejudice
by Jane Austen
Ms O'Neill  
14-Oct-05 Life of Pi
by Yann Martel
Ms Clynes Easy read!
14-Oct-05 Captain Corelli's Mandolin
by Louis de Bernieres
Ms Clynes Hard to begin - stick with it!
14-Oct-05 The Shipping News
by E Annie Proulx
Ms Dignan  
12-Oct-05 Memoirs of a Geisha
by Arthur Golden
Ms Lea Fave book at the moment!
12-Oct-05 The Kite Runner
by Khaled Husseini
Ms Petterson  

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