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    Time Pieces

    John Banville
    Alternating between vignettes of John Banville's own past, and present-day historical explorations of the city, Time Pieces is a vivid evocation of childhood and memory, that 'bright abyss' in which 'time's alchemy works'. Accompanied by images of the city by photographer Paul Joyce.

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    The Adulterous Muse

    Adrian Frazier
    Maud Gonne was the beautiful and charismatic inspiration of Yeats’s love poetry, a leading activist in the Irish republican movement and the founder of Inghinidhe na hÉireann (Daughters of Ireland). One hundred and fifty years after her birth, everyone still knows her face, but her life remains something of a mystery. This group biography pursues the story of Gonne's romances with Lucien Millevoye, W. B. Yeats, and John MacBride.
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    Harp Studies: Perspectives on the Irish Harp

    Sandra Joyce & Helen Lawlor
    Taking an expansive view of the harp through history and music, these essays individually engage with the variety of ways in which the harp has been interpreted and implicated in Irish culture, politics and music from the 9th century to the present day.
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    A Single Headstrong Heart

    Kevin Myers

    Kevin Myers’ memoir, a prequel to Watching The Door, describes in a first-person narrative his childhood up to the early years of his career as a journalist and his departure from University College Dublin in the late 1960s.

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    The Ha'penny Bridge, Dublin

    Michael English
    A lavishly-illustrated book, the fourth in Dublin City Council’s series on engineering history and heritage, has been produced to mark the bi-centenary of the Ha'penny bridge, opened in 1816, the first dedicated footbridge over the river Liffey and the first iron bridge in Ireland.
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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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    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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    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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    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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    At Swim

    Brendan Mac Evilly with Michael O'Reilly

    Sea swimming is the great leveller; we’re all the same in a pair of togs. No one minds who you are or what you’ve done; the question is ‘are you getting in?’ Popular for centuries, sea swimming has had a recent surge in interest with a growing community taking the plunge.


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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 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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    In Search of the Irish Dreamtime

    J. P. Mallory

    Following his account of Irish origins drawing on archaeology, genetics, and linguistics, J. P. Mallory returns to the subject to investigate what he calls the Irish Dreamtime: the native Irish retelling of their own origins, as related by medieval manuscripts.

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    The Hurley-Maker's Son

    Patrick Deeley
    In a style reminiscent of John McGahern’s Memoir, Patrick Deeley’s paced prose unfolds his childhood as a series of evocative moments, from the intricate workings of the timber workshop run by his father to the slow taking apart of an old tractor and the physical burial of a steam engine; from his mother’s steady work on an old Singer sewing machine to his father’s vertiginous quickstep on the roof of their house.

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    An Affair with My Mother

    Caitríona Palmer

    Caitriona Palmer writes about the search for her birth mother, the strong attachment they developed once she found her, and the painful condition to this joyous new relationship: her mother wished to keep it - to keep Caitriona - secret from her family, from her friends, from everyone.

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    The Irish Landscape

    Peadar McArdle
    A county-by-county exploration of Ireland’s remarkable landscape and the impact it has had on Irish history and culture.
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    The Shaping of Modern Ireland

    Eugenio Biagini and Daniel Mulhall (Eds)
    High-profile contributors re-write the seminal 1960s collection, originally published by Conor Cruise O’Brien, offering unparalleled understanding of prominent figures in Irish history and politics from 1890s to 1916 and beyond.
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    Unthinkable: Great Ideas for now

    Joe Humphreys
    Irish Times journalist and author Joe Humphreys tracks down leading thinkers to answer some of the most pressing questions facing humanity. Drawn from his absorbing columns in The Irish Times, Unthinkable seeks to road-test your reasoning, and raise the quality of public debate.
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    Meanings of Life in Contemporary Ireland

    Tom Inglis
    Tom Inglis explores the meanings of life as told by one-hundred ordinary people living around Ireland.
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