A memoir of the author's early childhood (1967–1972), the third oldest in a working-class Catholic family from the Brandywell in Derry.
In Canada in 1990, ten-year-old Marie and her mother invite a guest into their home: a young woman who has fled China in the aftermath of the Tiananmen Square protests. Her name is Ai-Ming. An evocation of the persuasive power of revolution and its effects on personal and national identity, and an unforgettable meditation on China today. Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016.
A study of the friendship between James Joyce and Italo Svevo living in Trieste. In Ulysses, the near father-son relationship between Stephen Dedalus and Bloom in Dublin was very close to that of Svevo and Joyce.
Humans share the Earth with more than 10,000 species of birds and this beautifully illustrated book thematically covers all aspects of humans’ relationship with birds.
King Lear exists in two different texts: the Quarto (1608) and the Folio (1623). Because each supplies passages missing in the other, for over 200 years editors combined the two to form a single text, the basis for all modern productions. Then in the 1980s a group of influential scholars argued that the two texts represent different versions of King Lear, that Shakespeare revised his play in light of theatrical performance. The two-text theory has since hardened into orthodoxy. Now for the first time in a book-length argument, one of the world’s most eminent Shakespeare scholars challenges the two-text theory. At stake is the way Shakespeare’s greatest play is read and performed.
A mother and her two young children rent a battered old RV (optimistically christened the 'Chateau') and embark upon a journey through the Alaskan wilderness. A captivating and hilarious novel about family, loss and recovery, and a powerful examination of contemporary American life.
Europe is facing a wave of migration unmatched since the end of World War II - and no one has reported on this crisis in more depth or breadth than Patrick Kingsley, the Guardian 's migration correspondent. In this account, Kingsley reports on the 17 countries he's travelled along the migrant trail, meeting hundreds of refugees.
Inspired by the true story of James Joyce's daughter, The Joyce Girl is a compelling account of thwarted ambition and the destructive love of a father. This debut novel won the Impress Prize for New Writers in 2015 and was longlisted for the Bath Novel Award and the Caledonia Novel Award.
Friendship, love, isolation, and the quiet bravery of one woman are at the heart of this novel from Evelyn Conlon, one of Ireland’s most distinctive and energetic voices. A Books Upstairs reissue of her novel first published in 2000.