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    Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan

    Ruth Gilligan
    The novel focuses on the lives of three characters, spanning three generations. Ruth’s story begins in 1901 when the wide-eyed 8 year old Jewish-Lithuanian girl embarks on a ship bound for New York with her family but ends up in Cork. Shem is a Jewish-Irish teen in the 1960s who, having been struck mute, is placed in the care of the Catholic Church. Aisling is an aspiring journalist who leaves post-Celtic Tiger Ireland for a new life in London and finds herself inextricably linked with the Jewish faith.
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    This Man's Wee Boy

    Tony Doherty

    A memoir of the author's early childhood (1967–1972), the third oldest in a working-class Catholic family from the Brandywell in Derry.

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    Borderlands

    Michel Agier
    In this timely book, anthropologist Michel Agier addresses these questions and examines the character of the borderlands that emerge on the margins of nation-states. Drawing on his ethnographic fieldwork, he shows that borders, far from disappearing, have acquired a new kind of centrality in our societies, becoming reference points for the growing numbers of people who do not find a place in the countries they wish to reach.
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    Do Not Say We Have Nothing

    Madeleine Thien

    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.


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    James Joyce and Italo Svevo

    Stanley Price

    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.

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    Leisure and the Irish in the Nineteenth Century

    Leeann Lane and William Murphy (eds)
    It has often been argued that ‘modern’ leisure was born in the period from the mid-nineteenth century to the outbreak of World War One. This collection explores vibrant expressions of associational culture, the emergence of new leisure spaces, literary manifestations and representations of leisure, the pleasures and purposes of travel, and the leisure pursuits of elite women the collection offers a variety of perspectives on the volume’s theme.
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    Remarkable Birds

    Mark Avery

    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.

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    Work Like Any Other

    Virginia Reeves
    Placing itself perfectly alongside acclaimed work by Philipp Meyer, Jane Smiley and J M Coetzee, this debut novel charts the story of Roscoe T Martin in rural Alabama in the 1920s. Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2016.
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    The Real People of Joyce's Ulysses

    Vivien Igoe
    Dubliner and Joycean scholar Vivien Igoe reveals the biographies of scores of people that had previously been deemed to be fictional in James Joyce's Ulysses, and who had been accorded little attention as a result. Lavishly illustrated, the book provides a comprehensive A to Z of these real people with detailed information about where they lived, died and are buried; worked, intermingled and found inspiration.
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    The One King Lear

    Brian Vickers

    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.

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    Temple Bar

    Maurice Curtis
    For as long as we have records, Temple Bar has been at the heart of Dublin’s cultural life. Its history is one of design, craft, publishing, the performing arts, coffee houses, political debate and great colour and energy.
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    Heroes of the Frontier

    Dave Eggers

    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.


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    Figures in a Famine Landscape

    Ciarán Ó Murchadha
    A study that follows a number of individuals involved in different public capacities in a particularly afflicted district of Ireland during the Great Famine. The thinking and actions of each had a major effect on the existences - and the survival - of scores of thousands of the destitute poor in Ireland at a crucial point in the country's history.
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    Earth-Bound and Other Supernatural Tales

    Dorothy Macardle
    Originally published in 1924, the nine tales that comprise Earth-Bound were written by Dorothy Macardle while she was held a political prisoner in Dublin's Kilmainham Gaol and Mountjoy Prison.
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    Wherever the Firing Line Extends

    Ronan McGreevy
    From the first shot monument in Mons to the plaque to the Royal Irish Lancers who liberated the town on Armistice Day 1918, Ronan McGreevy looks at those places where the Irish made their mark and are remembered in the monuments, cemeteries and landscapes of France and Flanders.
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    The Ponzi Man

    John Devlin, gambling addict and once-celebrated financial genius, is waiting to stand trial for stealing his clients' money, goes back to live in a caravan in a seaside resort in which he spent the summers of his childhood, where memories and living reminders of better times taunt him.
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    The New Odyssey

    Patrick Kingsley

    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.

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    The Natural Way of Things

    Charlotte Wood
    In Charlotte Wood's novel, two women awake from a drugged sleep to find themselves imprisoned in an abandoned property in the middle of a desert. A starkly imaginative exploration of contemporary misogyny and corporate control.
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    The Joyce Girl

    Annabel Abbs

    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.


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    A Glassful of Letters

    Evelyn Conlon

    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.

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