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    I Read the News Today, Oh Boy

    Paul Howard
    Author Paul Howard has pieced together the extraordinary story of a young Irishman who epitomized the spirit of the times: one of Swinging London's most popular faces, he lived fast, died young and was immortalized for ever in the opening lines of 'A Day in the Life', a song that many critics still regard as The Beatles' finest. But who was John Lennon's lucky man who made the grade and then blew his mind out in a car?
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    Hell at the Gates

    John Lee and Daniel McConnell
    Brian Cowen, the late Brian Lenihan, Eamon Ryan, Micheál Martin, Mary Harney and many others, recount for the first time in their own words the inside story behind the actions of the most hated government in living memory when it infamously agreed to a bailout from the Troika to save Ireland’s failing economy.
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    Final Solution

    David Cesarani

    David Cesarani's sweeping reappraisal challenges accepted explanations for the anti-Jewish politics of Nazi Germany and the inevitability of the 'Final Solution', including that the persecution of the Jews was not always the Nazis' central preoccupation, nor was it an inevitable process.

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    Keeping On Keeping On

    Alan Bennett
    Alan Bennett's third collection of prose follows in the footsteps of the very successful Writing Home and Untold Stories, each published ten years apart. This latest collection contains Bennett's diaries 2005 to 2015.
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    When Ideas Matter

    Michael D. Higgins

    A collection of remarkable and urgent speeches by Michael D. Higgins since becoming President of Ireland in 2011, setting out a vision of what he calls 'an ethical Republic'., urging his fellow citizens to consider what makes the good life.

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    Summer Rain

    Noel Duffy
    Noel Duffy’s third poetry collection follows on from his earlier work, examining how the ideas of science and the experience of living collide and elaborate when viewed through a shared prism.
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    Dublin: The Story of a City

    Stephen Conlin and Peter Harbison
    In detailed illustrations and words, Stephen Conlin and Peter Harbison bring alive the story of Dublin – its architecture and streetscapes, its government and its people – from Viking times to the present day.
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    All We Shall Know

    Donal Ryan
    Melody Shee is alone and in trouble. Her husband doesn't take her news too well. She doesn't want to tell her father yet because he’s a good man and this could break him. She’s trying to stay in the moment, but the future is looming – larger by the day – while the past won’t let her go. Donal Ryan’s latest novel is described as vivid, moving and redemptive.

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    Holidays in the Danger Zone

    Debbie Lisle

    A uniquely historical look at how war turns soldiers, and all of us, into tourists, exposing the mundane and everyday entanglements between warfare and tourism.

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    The Schooldays of Jesus

    J M Coetzee

    In this allegorical tale, Coetzee grapples with the big questions of growing up, of what it means to be a parent, the constant battle between intellect and emotion, and how we choose to live our lives. Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016.

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    Brothers of the Quill

    Norma Clarke
    The story of Oliver Goldsmith who arrived in England in 1756 a penniless Irishman, toiled for years in the anonymity of Grub Street—already a synonym for impoverished hack writers—before he became one of literary London’s most celebrated authors.
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    Bright, Precious Days

    Jay McInerney
    Jay McInerney's novel dissects the moral complexities of relationships, while painting a portrait of New York as Obama and Clinton battle for leadership and the collapse of Lehman Brothers looms.
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    The Wonder

    Emma Donoghue
    Set in the Irish Midlands in the 1850s, Emma Donoghue's new novel - inspired by numerous European and North American cases of 'fasting girls' between the sixteenth century and the twentieth - is a psychological thriller about a child's murder threatening to happen in slow motion before our eyes.
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    Playing the Octopus

    Mary O'Malley
    Mary O’Malley’s eighth collection of poems in which her sensitivity to the spirit of Ireland’s west coast is as attuned as ever.
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    Minds of Winter

    Ed O'Loughlin

    The new novel from Booker longlisted Ed O'Loughlin, in which a meeting between two strangers sheds light on the greatest unsolved mystery of polar exploration.

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    All Through the Night: Night Poems and Lullabies

    Marie Heaney (ed)

    A collection of moving and evocative night poems for all stages of life. Lullabies and other poems relating to children and parenting form the opening section, while later poems celebrate or give voice to our various night-time pleasures and preoccupations. The elegiac poems towards the end of the book turn to face the prospect of that last long sleep that awaits us all. Edited by Marie Heaney.

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    The Left's Jewish Problem

    Dave Rich

    Exploration into the phenomenon of the left’s increasingly controversial ‘Jewish problem’ in Britain.

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    E. Œ. Somerville and Martin Ross: Female Authorship and Literary Collaboration

    Anne Jamison
    This book explores the remarkable collaboration of one of the most prominent and successful female literary partnerships at work in the late nineteenth century; Irish authors, Edith Somerville (1858–1949) and Violet Martin/Martin Ross (1862–1915). Based on extensive and original archival research, it reorients traditional thinking about Somerville and Ross’s partnership and rethinks the collaboration beyond a purely domestic and personal affair.
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    Hot Milk

    Deborah Levy

    Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016, Deborah Levy's new novel explores the violently primal bond between mother and daughter.

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    Richard O’Rawe
    Richard O’Rawe was a senior IRA prisoner in the H-Blocks of Long Kesh Prison. One of the ‘Blanketmen’, he took part in the dirty protests that led to the hunger strikes of the early 1980s. In this book, O’Rawe gives his personal account of those times.
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