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


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

£10.99 / unit(s)

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...


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.


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!!