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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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    Telling: Selected Stories

    Evelyn Conlon
    Presenting nineteen of her best-loved tales, Telling is a triumphant demonstration of the achievement of one of Ireland’s most boldly original writers, Evelyn Conlon. A Books Upstairs reissue of her 1998 collection.
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    25 Stories High

    An anthology of short stories organised by the charity Fighting Words. Twenty five transition year students drafted, redrafted, edited and completed the stories with encouragement from Fighting Words volunteers.
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    The Ulysses Trials

    Joseph M. Hassett
    The publishers of Ulysses by James Joyce were brought to trial and convicted of obscenity in the USA in 1921. This book chronicles the progress from then until its eventual publication in the US in 1936, having run the gamut of legal obstruction.
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    The End of the Modern World

    Anthony Cronin
    Since the original version of Anthony Cronin’s classic sequence, The End of the Modern World, first appeared in 1989, it has been acclaimed as one of the most singular achievements in twentieth-century Irish poetry. Revised and extended since then by the author, this new edition is the first time that this major work has been published in its entirety as a solo volume.
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    Norman Tradition and Transcultural Heritage

    Stefan Burkhardt and Thomas Foerster
    Recent scholarship has begun to question the ’Norman Achievement’ and look again at the degree to which a single Norman cultural identity existed across a diverse territory. Essays in this volume look at questions of Norman traditions in some of the peripheral Norman dominions.
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    John Barth

    Gabrielle Dean and Charles B. Harris (eds)
    For the past half-century, John Barth has been recognised as our quintessential postmodernist and praised as one of the best writers “we have ever had” (New York Times Book Review). In this unique collection, thirty-six writers and critics look back at Barth’s career, providing a deeper understanding of his books as well as privileged glimpses into the man behind the books.
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    Guilty but Insane

    James W. Taylor
    A study of Captain J.C. Bowen-Colthurst, who having served with the British Army in the Boer War, in Tibet and in the Great War, returned to Ireland and was caught up in the 1916 rebellion when he was responsible for the deaths of six unarmed civilians, including the pacifist Francis Sheehy-Skeffington.
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    Ever Seen a Fat Fox?

    Mike Gibney
    Why it is that only humans - or animals in the care of humans - develop obesity? In Ever Seen a Fat Fox?: Human Obesity Explored Professor Mike Gibney delves into the history of the human relationship with food. He traces the evolution of our modern diet and looks to science to offer solutions to the phenomenon of human obesity.
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    The Dublin Civic Portrait Collection

    Mary Clark

    A catalogue of the entire portrait collection, beginning in the early 17th century and continuing to the present day, built up by the city of Dublin that is unique in Ireland in terms of range and diversity, and is brilliantly expressive of the political aspirations and realities that have informed its creation.

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