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    Roger Casement: The Black Diaries

    Jeffrey Dudgeon
    In this revised and expanded second edition with more photographs, all Roger Casement's Black Diaries are published together, including the 1911 Diary over which London threatened an obscenity prosecution.
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    The text of a unique theatre performance in which eight Irish writers remember the 1916 revolutionaries. A performance introduction on the staging of the play is given by Director Patrick Mason, and an introduction by Lucy Collins, School of English, Drama and Film, UCD, sets the historical context of the play.
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    Peadar Clancy

    Cormac O Comhrai and Stiofan O Comhrai
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    Granta 135: New Irish Writing

    A special issue showcasing contemporary Irish fiction, memoir, poetry and photography.
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    Thomas Piketty

    With the same powerful evidence, and range of reference, as his global bestseller Capital in the Twenty-First Century - and in columns of 700 words, rather than 700 pages - Chronicles sets out Thomas Piketty's analysis of the financial crisis, what has happened since and where we should go from here.

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    A Short History of Medicine

    Erwin H. Ackerknecht
    A revised and expanded edition includes a new foreword and concluding biographical essay by Charles E. Rosenberg, Ackerknecht’s former student and a new bibliographic essay by Lisa Haushofer which explores recent scholarship in the history of medicine.
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    Tones That Are Tender

    Berrie O’Neill

    A richly illustrated biography giving new insight into the life of Percy French (1854-1920).

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    The Way We Die Now

    Seamus O'Mahony

    Seamus O'Mahoney's thoughtful, moving and unforgettable book on the western way of death. Dying has never been more public, with celebrities writing detailed memoirs of their illness, but in private we have done our best to banish all thought of dying and made a good death increasingly difficult to achieve.

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    The Lives of Daniel Binchy

    Tom Garvin
    The definitive biography of a preeminent thinker and diplomat, intrinsic to post-independence Irish society. Tom Garvin provides fascinating insights into the intellectual life of the new Irish state and the turbulent times Binchy lived through.
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    The Found Voice

    Denis Sampson
    A new take on the work of a selection of popular contemporary writers drawing attention to the significance of some of their less popular works.
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    The end of the Irish Poor Law?

    Donnacha Lucey
    An examination of Irish Poor Law reform during the years of the Irish revolution and Irish Free State which moves beyond political history, and demonstrates that concepts of respectability, social class and gender are central dynamics in Irish society. The first major study of local welfare practices and exploration of policies, attitudes and the poor.
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    Leabhar na hAthghabhála / Poems of Repossession

    Louis de Paor (ed)
    The first comprehensive critical anthology of modern poetry in Irish with English translations. It forms a sequel to Seán Ó Tuama and Thomas Kinsella’s pioneering anthology, An Duanaire 1600-1900 / Poems of the Dispossessed (1981), but features many more poems in covering the work of 25 poets from the past century.
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    Even The Daybreak: 35 Years of Salmon Poetry

    Jessie Lendennie (ed)
    35 Years of Salmon Poetry (1981-2016) celebrates 35 years of innovative Irish and international poetry. The volume contains one previously unpublished poem from each Salmon poet.
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    Alberto Manguel
    Alberto Manguel tracks his own life of curiosity through a selection of writers who sparked his imagination. He dedicates each chapter to a single thinker, scientist, artist, or other figure who demonstrated in a fresh way how to ask “Why?”
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    Kerry 1916: Histories and Legacies of the Easter Rising

    Owen O'Shea, Dr Mary McAuliffe and Bridget McAuliffe (eds)
    Presents the definitive account of tumultuous events in Kerry in 1916, how they impacted on the Easter Rising in Dublin and the subsequent shaping of Irish history.
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    The Last Days of Summer

    Vanessa Ronan

    After ten years in the Huntsville State Penitentiary, Jasper Curtis returns home to live with his sister and her two daughters. Lizzie does not know who she's letting into her home: the brother she grew up loving or the monster he became.

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    Rita Ann Higgins

    Provocative and heart-warming poems of high jinx and telling social comment by a gutsy, anarchic chronicler of Irish lives and foibles, mischievous and playful in their portrayal of feckless folk and outcasts, flirts and weasels, gasbags and scallywags.

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    Mothering Sunday

    Graham Swift

    Twenty-two-year-old Jane Fairchild has worked as a maid at an English country house since she was sixteen. For almost all of those years she has been the clandestine lover to Paul Sheringham, young heir of a neighboring house. The two now meet on an unseasonably warm March day—Mothering Sunday—a day that will change Jane’s life forever.

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    Electoral competition in Ireland since 1987

    Gary Murphy
    A major comprehensive study assessing the last quarter century in Irish electoral politics from the time of the end of a deep recession in 1987 to the general election of 2011 where Ireland was ruled by the Troika and austerity was a by-word for both policy-making and how many Irish people lived their lives.
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    The Rivers Dodder and Poddle

    Don McEntee & Michael Corcoran
    The first in a new series of books issued by Dublin City Council to explore the engineering history and heritage of the city, giving a complete overview of two notable rivers in Dublin city and county.
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