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Just a selection of Irish books which we like, funny for a gift, historical for setting the record straight or light for just chilling out!


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Making Sense of the Troubles: A History of the Northern Ireland Conflict by David McKittrick

£16.99 / unit(s)

 

The Feckin' Book of Everything Irish: That'll Have Ye Effin' An' Blindin' .....

£13.99

Easter Rising 1916 :The Irish Rebellion by Charles Townsend

£16.95 / unit(s)

Confessions of an Irish Rebel (Arena Books) by Brendan Behan 

£11.99

An Unconsidered People: The Irish in Sixties London by Catherine Dunne These are absorbing real life stories of Irish immigrants who moved to England mainly in the 1950's and 1960's. Displaced from their homes, coping with the culture shock of the new world and the trials and tribulations that lay before them. Each story is told in a real and honest way, without resentment of what might of been, just an acceptance of that was the way things were. These are the stories of our fathers and mothers, uncles and aunts, real people still alive today.

£13.99
All the old Irish standards, a must for any sing song!
£9.99

From the song's of Shane McGowan to the wall's of any Irish theme pub across the world, Behan is quite literally plastered into the Celtic myth...

£12.99

Follow the journey of the three Concannon sisters. Fiery, tempestuous Maggie is a sculpter who falls for the demanding gallery owner who wants to buy her work. Quiet, home loving Brianna tends with care to the home she has turned into a cosy B&B, where she welcomes in an enigmatic writer and finds herself healing his broken heart. Serious painter Shannon travels to Ireland to find the sisters she never knew she had and falls in love with a charming Irish farmer who heals her heart and teaches her to trust again.The stories are beautifully written and filled with passion, turmoil and a humour only Nora Roberts can create. Her characters are wonderfully drawn and the backdrop she creates in Ireland weaves a spell around your heart. You can picture yourself standing on the rugged cliffs watching the Atlantic waves crash onto the rocks below, or sitting in a pub listening to old men tell tales of witches and fairies or fiddlers play the stirring music of this enchanted land. This is truly a book to curl up with infront of a warm fire on a winter's night. You will find yourself entranced.

£14.99

London Irish by Zane Radcliffe (Paperback) London Irish is the blackest of comedies, blacker than the pint of Guinness that graces its cover and every bit as enjoyable! It's the story of Bic (his 'pen name'!) who runs a crepe stall in Greenwich as Britain prepares to celebrate the new millennium. Bic is out of sorts with London (the tourists, the lack of clean air) and Radcliffe perfectly captures that thing that a lot of us non-native Londoners feel - that there must be a better life outside the M25. I've lived in London for 4 years (originally from Galway) and can relate to Bic's desire to just pack a bag, go to an airport and take the first flight to 'Whoknowswhere'. But just as Bic decides to cut loose from the city and return to his homeland to start an ostrich farm, he meets Roisin and his world is turned upside down. From this point just try and put the book down. I couldn't. It's fast-paced and furious but always funny. And Bic's dog (Dunc, so named because Bic had rescued him from the Thames when someone had tried to drown the puppy!) is one of the finest comedy canine creations! Even though the levity is high, London Irish contains one of the most poignant expressions of a terrorist atrocity that you're likely to read. Slainte, Mr. Radcliffe!!

£9.99

This one is hard to find now. A perfect intro book for anyone not an avid reader of Nora's.

£9.99

An ideal present for an Irish friend, fascinating facts form the obscure to the sublime!

£10.99

As the synopsis says: "Four very different women. One awfully charming man. And the dark secret that binds them all . . " That pretty much sums up this page-turner by Marian Keyes

£9.99

Having read Rachel's Holiday for the first time 5 years ago, I've since read and re-read it and I just never tire of it. It's more than a girly read. It has more depth than that. I've read all Marian Keyes books and this one by far is her best and strongest novel.

£9.99

I totally loved this book! I was hooked by the end of chapter one! Although I did feel like jumping into the book and shaking James till his head fell off! What a really nasty person! How Claire didnt slap him I will never know! I would seriously recomend this book for anyone wanting a night in and a laugh! Do not go out in public and read this book, its too embarrassing when you laugh out loud.....

£9.99

The thing about Marian Keyes books is that you get so involved that you wake up wanting to read another chapter as if it is a part of YOUR day that is unfolding!! A welcome return to the Walsh family ( Rachel from Rachel's holiday and Claire from Watermelon) and their cocktail of alcohol dependance, junk food greed and disreputable daughters.Fabulous!!

£9.99

I loved the characters in this book, Katherine in particular and, as with all her books, felt I knew them and felt I was there. She researches her subjects well and I found myself going to bed early just to read especially towards the end I couldn't put it down. Definate page turner and, as with all her books, I was sorry when it was all over...

£9.99

Marian Keyes never ceases to produce every emotion known to woman! She writes from the heart and produces characters that you feel like you've known for years. I laughed, I cried and I fell in love at least three times. (Her lead men are so gorgeously perfect it's hard not to fall for them!) Jojo Harvey - every man wants her and every women is scared she'll steal their husband! Lily Wright - is like choclate; sweet and yummy! Gemma Hogan - is real life - jealous, revengful and neurotic! The only problem with "The Other Side of the Story" is that like with all Marian Keyes' books it ended much too quickly, I just wanted it to keep going forever.

£9.99

Keyes does an amazing job of pulling the reader into the story and into the characters lives. I felt like I knew every character in this book, and though I liked some and not others, I was sad to see them go. From start to finish I could not put this one down. I was amazed how my feelings for the characters shifted as the complexities of each person was revealed. Just as each of them experienced a range of emotions, so did I. I loved the way the stories of everyone intertwined and unraveled as I turned the pages. And I loved the way this book ended -- It was all a complete surprise, and yet I was thrilled with how it all turned out.

£9.99

I have been waiting for this book to come out, and loved every second of it. You get the the standard humour from her which can make you laugh out loud, but also the underlying issues that she always delivers. I have loved every one of her books, and am just sorry that I now have to wait for so long for another one to come out! A not too difficult to read, heart warming but true to life good read. Highly recommended.

£9.99

Second generation Irishman John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten) sets the record straight in his autobiograhy.

£14.99

I really enjoy Cathy Kelly's comfortable Irish style & have read all of her novels. She has succeeded once again & this book is everything the sleeve claims it to be. I would highly recommend this book & I look forward to the next. "Once in a Lifetime" is the story about TV presentator Ingrid, her husband David, owner of old distinguished department store Kenny's, and their two children Molly and Ethan. It's about Star Bluestone, the latest of the Bluestone women who for centuries have possessed magic abilities of various kinds. Star is perhaps the most fascinating character in the book. Living alone in the beautiful Bluestone cottage, surrounded by her dogs, orchids, interesting collections from her various travels and not the least her production of the beautiful embroidered Bluestone tapestries.There is Charlie, working at Kenny's cosmetic department and her family - and Natalie, searching desperately for knowledge about her long dead birth mother.

£9.99

I picked up Lessons in Heartbreak by Cathy Kelly, I had not expected it to be much more than a semi-interesting read. However, with every page turn, I became more and more attached to the novel's heroine, and actually found it very difficult to put the book down. Since reading this book, I have highly recommended it to all my girlfriends. It's a beautiful story about life, love and friendship filled with excitement, heartbreak and hope.

£9.99

When you're in the mood for a feel-good book which always ends with a happy ending then you never need to look any further than Cathy Kelly. Past Secrets is set in the aptly named Summer Street where beyond the rosy gardens lies many a secret.Faye has put her life on hold for 17yrs so her daughter Amber could have the best of everything but with only weeks to go until the final school exams Amber is ready to throw it all way for rock-star wannabe Karl. Now the secret which Faye has held close to her heart for 17yrs is the only way Faye can get through to Amber....but it's a secret that may destroy their relationship forever. Maggie and Grey have been together for 5yrs but both have been keeping secrets. Like dominoes falling one secret leads another and Maggie ends up facing the secret she's kept from everyone for more years than she cares to remember.Christie has always been known as a wise and caring neighbour and friend but she too has been keeping secrets. Now it looks like that secret is about to come out and Christie has to face the demons that have haunted her for 25yrs. I could happily have kept on reading Past Secrets and was disappointed to have to read the last page.....that's an indication of how this book grabs you. The stories start out independent of each other but tie in nicely and flick from one to the other with consummate ease. In true Cathy Kelly form it reels you in and keeps you turning pages until there are no more...and you always end with a smile on your face. Thoroughly enjoyable.

£9.99

This is slightly different from Ms Kelly's usual style, but none the less enjoyable. It centres around four very different woman living in Ireland who don't really know each other but during the course of the story become very close through tragedy, you will laugh and cry. It is a wonderfull story that keeps you turning page after page. if you only read one book this year make sure it is this one.

£9.99

A superb account of the hardships faced by Irish migrant workers who came to the UK in the 1950's and 1960's. Roads, tunnels, houses, hospitals they built the lot. A wonderful trbute to the Irishmen who built Great Britain

£10.99

This is a book for someone with real interest in Irish history. It's extremely informative and well written, in a "scholarly" manner by Oxford Don Richard English

£14.99 / unit(s)

Excellent, this book tells a story so very true. People from the west of Ireland will identify with the people and places and understand the difficult circumstances at that time. Things are so differnet now. Written in a simple and understanding manner.

£9.99

The Green Flag: A History of Irish Nationalism by Robert Kee

£19.99 / unit(s)

Classic Irish Short Stories (Oxford Paperbacks) Paperback by Frank O'Connor

£10.99 / unit(s)