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IRISH LITERATURE AND DRAMA

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Written by KEVIN BARRY

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 10/04/2016

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-91133-4

A 2015 New York Times Notable Book
 
Winner of the Goldsmiths Prize

 
It is 1978, and John Lennon has escaped New York City to try to find the island off the west coast of Ireland he bought eleven years prior. Leaving behind domesticity, his approaching forties, his inability to create, and his memories of his parents, he sets off to calm his unquiet soul in the comfortable silence of isolation. But when he puts himself in the hands of a shape-shifting driver full of Irish charm and dark whimsy,...

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IN HER OWN WORDS
Written by MAEVE BINCHY
Introduction by GORDON SNELL

Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 07/21/2015

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-0-804-17276-9

Before she was a bestselling novelist, Maeve Binchy started out as a columnist for The Irish Times. Her articles—focused on the famous and the obscure alike—were filled with the warmth, wit, and keen human interest that readers would come to love in her fiction. 

From royal weddings to boring airplane companions, from Samuel Beckett to Margaret Thatcher, from life as a waitress to “senior moments,” Maeve’s Timesgives us five decades of Binchy’s insight into a changing world—revealing her...

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A NOVEL
Written by JOSEPH O'NEILL

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 06/09/2015

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-47294-6

A New York Times Notable Book
Nominated for the Man Booker Prize


In this extraordinary, both comic and philosophically profound novel, the acclaimed author of Netherland uncovers the hidden contours of a glittering Middle Eastern city—and the quiet dilemmas of modernity. When our unnamed hero, a self-sabotaging and oddly existential lawyer, finds his life in New York falling apart, he seizes an opportunity to flee to Dubai, taking a mysterious job for a fabulously wealthy Lebanese family. As...

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Written by EIMEAR MCBRIDE

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages

Publisher: Hogarth

On Sale: 06/09/2015

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-90343-8

Winner of 2014 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction
Winner of the Goldsmiths Prize
Winner of the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award
Winner of the Desmond Elliott Prize
Winner of 2013 Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize
Shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize
Shortlisted for the Folio Prize
Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, and Library Journal’s Best Books of 2014
One of Time Out New York’s Ten Best Books of 2014
Selected as one of NPR's 2014 Great Reads
A New York Magazine Best Book of 2014

Boston Globe Best...

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Written by JAMES JOYCE

Format: Hardcover, 240 pages

Publisher: Everyman's Library

On Sale: 02/25/2014

Price: $13.50

ISBN: 978-0-375-71233-3

This selection of the major poems James Joyce published in his lifetime is accompanied by his only surviving play, Exiles.

Joyce is most celebrated for his remarkable novel Ulysses, and yet he was also a highly accomplished poet. Chamber Music is his debut collection of lyrical love poems, which he intended to be set to music; in it, he enlivens the styles of the Celtic Revival with his own brand of playful irony. Pomes Penyeach, a collection written while Joyce was working on A Portrait of...

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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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Written by MAEVE BINCHY

Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 01/07/2014

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-47550-3

Stoneybridge is a small town on the west coast of Ireland where all the families know each other. When Chicky Starr decides to take an old, decaying mansion set high on the cliffs overlooking the windswept Atlantic Ocean and turn it into a restful place for a holiday by the sea, everyone thinks she is crazy. Helped by Rigger (a bad boy turned good who is handy around the house) and Orla, her niece (a whiz at business), Stone House is finally ready to welcome its first guests to the big warm...

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Written by JOHN BANVILLE

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 07/02/2013

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-94692-8

Is there a difference between memory and invention? That is the question that haunts Alexander Cleave as he reflects on his first, and perhaps only, love—an underage affair with his best friend’s mother. When his stunted acting career is suddenly, inexplicably revived with a movie role playing a man who may not be who he claims, his young leading lady—famous and fragile—unwittingly gives him the opportunity to see, with startling clarity, the gap between the things he has done and the way he...

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Written by JOHN BANVILLE

Format: Trade Paperback, 114 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 07/02/2013

Price: $12.95

ISBN: 978-0-345-80706-9

A collection of short stories from the early years of Man Booker Prize-winning author John Banville’s career, Long Lankin explores the passionate emotions—fear, jealousy, desire—that course beneath the surface of everyday life. From a couple at risk of being torn apart by the allure of wealth to an old man’s descent into nature, the tales in this collection showcase the talents that launched Banville onto the literary scene. Offering a unique insight into the mind of “one of the great living...

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Written by MIKE MCCORMACK

Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages

Publisher: Soho Press

On Sale: 03/05/2013

Price: $15.00

ISBN: 978-1-616-95232-7

JJ O’ Malley, adopted from a Romanian orphanage by a single father in the west of Ireland, grows up a permanent outsider, and yet he finds his place in the community. At least until his world is shaken by the death of his best friend, and he volunteers for the “Somnos Project,” an experimental program testing deep coma as a potential option in the EU penal system.
 
In a prison ship docked in Killary Harbour, JJ is hooked up to monitoring devices that feed out to the Internet, and he and his...

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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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Written by DEREK MCCULLOCH
Illustrated by COLLEEN DORAN

Format: Hardcover, 144 pages

Publisher: Vertigo

On Sale: 04/03/2012

Price: $24.99

ISBN: 978-1-401-22351-9

Ciara O’Dwyer is a young woman raising a daughter alone in the Five Points slums of 1870; Johnny McCormack is a struggling actor drawn to the nascent folk music movement in Greenwich Village 1960; and Lewis Healy is a successful Irishman who’s come to present-day Manhattan on his wife’s anniversary-present promise to reveal the connection between him and them. The mystery originates with Ciara’s runaway husband, who disappeared after promising to join her in America, and carries into midcentury when...

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