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IRISH HISTORY, POLITICS, AND SOCIETY

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A MEMOIR OF DUBLIN IN THE 1960S
Written by MARTHA LONG

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages

Publisher: Seven Stories Press

On Sale: 01/10/2017

Price: $17.95

ISBN: 978-1-609-80696-5

The next installment of the Ma books—all bestsellers in Ireland and the UK—brings readers on the journey of Martha's first months of freedom in Dublin after leaving the convent where she spent her early adolescence. 

In the latest chapter of Martha Long's autobiographical series, Martha is for the first time on her own: discharged from the convent, she's finally 16, the age she'd long dreamed of as the doorway to her freedom from the whims of cruel adults. "Life is a bowl of cherries!" she...

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Written by DONAL RYAN

Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages

Publisher: Steerforth

On Sale: 02/25/2014

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-1-586-42224-0

 
Winner - The Guardian First Book Award

Winner of two Irish Book Awards - Newcomer of The Year and Book of The Year


In the aftermath of Ireland’s financial collapse, dangerous tensions surface in an Irish town. As violence flares, the characters face a battle between public persona and inner desires. Through a chorus of unique voices, each struggling to tell their own kind of truth, a single authentic tale unfolds.

The Spinning Heart speaks for contemporary Ireland like no other novel. Wry,...

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THE LOST WORLD OF THE GREAT BLASKET
Written by ROBERT KANIGEL

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 02/26/2013

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-38987-9


Winner of 2012 Michael J. Durkan Prize

On an Irish Island
tells the remarkable story of a remote outpost nearly untouched by time in the first half of the twentieth century, and of the adventurous men and women who visited and were inspired by it.

In a love letter to a vanished way of life, Robert Kanigel brings to life this wildly beautiful island, notable for the vivid communal life of its residents and the unadulterated Irish they spoke well into the twentieth century. With the Irish...

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A MEMOIR OF DUBLIN IN THE 1950S
Written by MARTHA LONG

Format: Hardcover, 480 pages

Publisher: Seven Stories Press

On Sale: 11/13/2012

Price: $26.95

ISBN: 978-1-609-80414-5

When Martha Long’s feckless mother hooks up with the Jackser (“that bandy aul bastard”), and starts having more babies, the abuse and poverty in the house grow more acute. Martha is regularly sent out to beg and more often steal, and her wiles (as a child of 7, 8) are often the only thing keeping food on the table. Jackser is a master of paranoid anger and outburst, keeping the children in an unheated tenement, unable to go to school, at the ready for his unpredictable rages. Then Martha is...

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A SMITHSONIAN NATURAL HISTORY
Written by MICHAEL VINEY

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages

Publisher: Smithsonian Books

On Sale: 07/06/2010

Price: $24.95

ISBN: 978-1-588-34294-2

Ireland conjures up images of nature’s majesty: sweeping coastlines, rolling green hills, and secluded peat bogs and marshlands. A place of legendary beauty, it is also a land with a rich natural history. Michael Viney invites us to discover the geologic forces that created the island, peer into the famous bone caves that hold unique clues about animals from long ago, and experience the dramatic scenes of the cliff-lined coast and tempestuous seas.

Viney begins deep in the past, when rivers...

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Written by TIM ROBINSON
Introduction by JOHN ELDER

Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages

Publisher: NYRB Classics

On Sale: 09/08/2009

Price: $29.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-17314-5

Pilgrimage, the first volume of Tim Robinson’s extraordinary account of walking and mapping çirann–the largest of the Aran islands off the west coast of Ireland–describes his circuit of the island’s coast. At the end of that book, he turns to the interior of çirann, noting that “for a book to stand out like an island in the sea of the unwritten, it must acknowledge its own bounds, and turn inward from them and look into the labyrinth.” Labyrinth is the fruit of that inward turn, an...

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Written by TIM ROBINSON
Introduction by ROBERT MACFARLANE

Format: Trade Paperback, 316 pages

Publisher: NYRB Classics

On Sale: 08/05/2008

Price: $22.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-17277-3

The Aran Islands, in Galway Bay off the west coast of Ireland, are a unique geological and cultural landscape, and for centuries their stark beauty and their inhabitants’ traditional way of life have attracted pilgrims from abroad. The Aran Islands, in Galway Bay off the west coast of Ireland, are a unique geological and cultural landscape, and for centuries their stark beauty and their inhabitants’ traditional way of life have attracted pilgrims from abroad. After a visit with his wife in...

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BOXING'S BRAINIEST CHAMP AND HIS UPSET OF THE GREAT JACK DEMPSEY
Written by JACK CAVANAUGH

Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages

Publisher: Ballantine Books

On Sale: 10/30/2007

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-0-812-96783-8

Among the legendary athletes of the 1920s, the unquestioned halcyon days of sports, stands Gene Tunney, the boxer who upset Jack Dempsey in spectacular fashion, notched a 77—1 record as a prizefighter, and later avenged his sole setback (to a fearless and highly unorthodox fighter named Harry Greb). Yet within a few years of retiring from the ring, Tunney willingly receded into the background, renouncing the image of jock celebrity that became the stock in trade of so many of his...

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RACEHORSES, ROMANCE, AND THE IRISH
Written by BILL BARICH

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 02/13/2007

Price: $13.95

ISBN: 978-1-400-07809-7

Twenty-five years after Laughing in the Hills, his racetrack classic, Bill Barich tells the story of how he fell in love and found a new life in Dublin, where he was soon caught up in the Irish obsession with horses and luck. Barich travels his adopted country and meets the leading trainers and jockeys; the beleaguered bookies who work rain or shine; and a host of passionate, like-minded fans—from Father Sean Breen, the “Racing Priest,” to T. P. Reilly, whose peculiar betting system turns on...

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IRELAND'S LONG ROAD TO PEACE
Written by GERRY ADAMS

Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

On Sale: 03/08/2005

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-0-375-76012-9

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams remains resolute in his belief that peace is the only viable option for the Irish people. Adams led the oldest revolutionary movement in Ireland on an extraordinary journey from armed insurrection to active participation in government. Now he tells the story of the tumultuous series of events that led to the historic Good Friday Agreement as only he can: with a tireless crusader’s conviction and an insider’s penetrating insight.

In vivid detail, Adams...

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COMING INTO CLOVER
Written by MAUREEN DEZELL

Format: Trade Paperback, 276 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 03/05/2002

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-385-49596-7

A dazzling and bracingly honest look at a great people in a great land.

For many people in this country, Irish American culture conjures up thoughts of raucous pubs, St. Patrick's Day parades, memoirs peopled with an array of saints and sinners, and such quasi-Celtic extravaganzas as Riverdance. But there is much more to this rich and influential culture, as Maureen Dezell proves in this insightful, unsentimental reexamination of Irish American identity.

Skillfully weaving history and...

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A THOUSAND YEARS OF STRUGGLE, FROM THE AGE OF MYTH THROUGH THE REIGN OF QUEEN ELIZABETH I
Written by DAVID W. MCCULLOUGH

Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages

Publisher: Broadway Books

On Sale: 02/26/2002

Price: $25.99

ISBN: 978-0-609-80907-5

For the first thousand years of its history, Ireland was shaped by its wars. Beginning with the legends of ancient battles and warriors, Wars of the Irish Kings moves through a time when history and storytelling were equally prized, into the age when history was as much propaganda as fact. This remarkable book tells of tribal battles, foreign invasions, Viking raids, family feuds, wars between rival Irish kingdoms, and wars of rebellion against the English. While the battles formed the...

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