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  • "This gorgeous novel is a funny and sweet examination of what it means to live quietly and on your own terms. It's like a warm hug of a book and will make you look at the world with a smile." Bob "Life has a way of changing; for Leonard it comes in the death of his mother, while for Hungry Paul it is the upcoming wedding of his sister. Together, they have been living a quiet existence but now they must learn to make some noise in a world that doesn't fully understand them. This story is a cup of tea in a book - it is warm, comforting, and best shared with friends. If you enjoy quirky, loveable characters and an offbeat sense of humour then this is for you." Rebekah ISBN 9781910422441
  • "This quirky Japanese novel is about a woman named Keiko who has been working in the same small convenience store for the last 18 years - much to her friends and family's dismay. But what does it take to be a 'productive member of society' and what happens if we reject those expectations that are forced upon us? Equally darkly funny and weirdly disturbing, this is a short book that packs a great punch!" Bob ISBN 9781846276842
  • "If you could relive one conversation what would it be? In a secluded coffee shop in Tokyo that is exactly what you can do - as long as you follow the strict rules. Four stories intertwine to create a simple but elegant tapestry of the human heart. Whether you are in need of a fresh perspective, or just want a great read, this is not a book to miss." Rebekah ISBN 9781529029581
  • "I do love the quirkiness of a good Japanese novel and this is no exception! When a young man is told he only has a few weeks left to live the Devil appears and offers him an extra day of life - but for every new day he is given, the young man must choose something to disappear forever from the world. And that's where it gets complicated! Funny, clever, sad and philosophical, this is a beautiful read!" Bob ISBN 9781509889174
  • "I have not now nor ever have been married, divorced, or had children (nor for that matter been a Jewish New Yorker!)yet I totally related to Ephron's 'character' in Heartburn. I love how she dealt with such an emotionally difficult time in her life in such a comical and irreverent way. A quick but memorable read." Ciara ISBN 9781844085170
  • "A fascinating portrayal of modern day France with its various secrets, prejudices, and delights. It's structured around one apartment block and the arrival of Edward into the city of light, and the attic. As tensions within the building and the city intensify we have to ask ourselves a question: do we ever really know what's happening behind our neighbours' doors?" Marta ISBN 9781473641563
  • A stunning re-telling of the Trojan War, this novel will transport you back into Ancient Greece and the Age of Heroes. Miller’s writing is fresh and full of energy – and her engaging characters will stay with you long after the last sword is thrown down. Great for readers looking for an epic tale of love and revenge. Rebekah. ISBN 9781408891384
  • "When four siblings in New York sneak out to visit a fortune-teller who, rumour has it, can tell them the exact day that they will die, the repercussions will echo through the lives whether they choose to believe her prediction or not. This beautifully written novel is both a joy to read and deeply affecting." Bob ISBN 9781472245007
  • "The best crime thriller I've read in ages! There's no gruesome body count or rampaging serial killer, just brilliant suspenseful writing and a gripping plot. If you're looking for real page-turner from a talented Irish writer, this is the books for you!" Bob ISBN 9781444796537
  • "This book may not be life-changing but it certainly offers a fresh and witty perspective on the many subjects concerned with being a woman. Expect classic, dry, New York humour mixed with Ephron's uncensored and self-deprecating take on life." Carrie ISBN 9780857526939
  • "An intelligent and moving memoir from the Dublin born Nuala O'Faolain. Frank and honest, this book is deeply affecting but is ultimately a positive reflection on one woman's determination to overcome adversity." Bob ISBN 9781848406858
  • "I read this collection recently for an Ireland AM piece and was blown away by how good these stories are! Kevin Barry is wonderful at capturing the feel of small town Ireland. Clever, funny and thought-provoking I'm annoyed how long it took me to discover them!" Bob ISBN 9780955015298
  • "A young, grief-stricken soldier is nursed back to health by a quirky old woman. Soothed by the nearby river - and sloe gin - the two companions create a new life together. Reading this felt like discovering a modern fairy tale - one that ambles along beautifully at its own pace. Winman’s writing is vivid and bursts with life. She creates a fantastical world of magic and hope. If you are feeling down or world weary, this is the book to read." Rebekah ISBN 9780755390939
  • "This is the book that I have given to all my friends, and some of them still haven't forgiven me for making them cry in public! This collection of essays is incredibly powerful, one that deals with tough and taboo topics in a way that is raw, honest, yet sensitive. A book that everyone needs to read."Rebekah ISBN 9780241986226
  • "An unusual setting for an unusual novel. Incredibly atmospheric, the story follows a young woman working in a guest house on the border of North and South Korea. Used to the harsh landscape, she soon learns to see the world through the eyes of a mysterious artist. A beautiful coming-of-age story." Rebekah ISBN 9781911547549
  • "Stuck and in need of a heart-warming read? Look no further, just dive straight into the life of Ellis & the people that walk through his life and change it forever. Tender, touching, beautiful – another gem of Winman’s not to be missed." Marta. ISBN 9780755390977
  • "If you love a story with a twist, these dark tales from Shirley Jackson will delight and intrigue you. From the woman who gets off her bus at the wrong stop, to the man who is convinced he's being followed home, each of these brilliant tales is a study in how to write the perfect short story and the unexpected endings are guaranteed to surprise and disconcert you. Shirley Jackson is a master at writing our darkest fears!" Bob ISBN 9780241308493
  • "An absolutely delightful true story of a lovely written interaction between Helene & the staff at Marks & Co Booksellers that will amuse you, warm your heart and make you laugh at times. Set between post war Britain & slightly better off America - it's a fantastic pick-me-up, even if you don't need one." Marta. ISBN 9780751503845
  • "Fantastic short stories, majority of which are set in 1950s Latin America with all its passionate, multilingual vigour and political tension. There are stories of passion, betrayal, families, illnesses, moments of beauty and of pain. One to savour, not to be rushed." Marta. ISBN 9781447294894
  • "I've been a big fan of Pat Barker since her Regeneration trilogy and in this new novel she shows us what a skilful & imaginative writer she is. History is so often told to us through the words and deeds of men, but what of women’s voices? I’ve never read The Iliad but this story of Briseis, the queen given to Achilles as a bed-slave after the murder of her family is enthralling. A clever & engaging re-telling of a classic story." Bob. When the Greek Queen Helen is kidnapped by Trojans, the Greeks sail in pursuit, besieging the city of Troy. Trapped in the Greek soldiers' camp is another captured queen, Briseis. Condemned to be bed-slave to Achilles, the man who butchered her family, she becomes a pawn in a menacing game between bored and frustrated warriors. In the centuries after this most famous war, history will write her off, a footnote in a bloody story scripted by vengeful men - but Briseis has a very different tale to tell... Shorlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction, the Costa Novel Award and the Gordon Burn Prize. ISBN 9780241983201
  • "A gentle and moving novel delving into the life of a piano tuner in Japan. It asks important questions about learning, talent, and vocation while in the meantime emphasizing lyrical connection between music and nature. Shy, uplifting gem that will stay on your mind forever." Marta What he experienced that day wasn't life-changing . . . It was life-making. Tomura is startled by the hypnotic sound of a piano being tuned in his school. It seeps into his soul and transports him to the forests, dark and gleaming, that surround his beloved mountain village. From that moment, he is determined to discover more. Under the tutelage of three master piano-tuners - one humble, one jovial, one ill-tempered - Tomura embarks on his training, never straying too far from a single, unfathomable question: do I have what it takes?Set in small-town Japan, this warm and mystical story is for the lucky few who have found their calling - and for the rest of us who are still searching. It shows that the road to finding one's purpose is a winding path, often filled with treacherous doubts and, for those who persevere, astonishing moments of revelation. Mega-bestselling winner of the Japan Booksellers Award, selected by bookshop staff as the book they most wanted to hand-sell: A tender and uplifting novel for fans of A WHOLE LIFE by Robert Seethaler. ISBN 9781784162986
  • "An amazing novel about what it means to be a young black immigrant in America and how are presumptions about other cultures are usually wrong. This novel is also a love story about two people destined to be together but it's the blog posts on black culture that stick with you." Bob ISBN 9780007356348
  • "This book just makes me chuckle! If you enjoy classical art, social commentary, and memes then look no further. A great pick-me-up." Rebekah ISBN 9781797202839
  • "A tale of tenacity and unflinching courage in the face of terrible tragedy. The Nightingale is a memorable story of two sisters divided by loss in war time France. Historical fiction at its best, a great summer read!" Ciara ISBN 9781509848621
  • "The entire history of humankind (and some possible futures) in just 450 pages – this is an incredible book that puts our history, and our place in the history of the world, into perspective. It’s incredibly readable and stunning in its scope and achievement." Bob ISBN 9780099590088
  • "Have you ever woken from a dream that felt like it was real? For Kitty Miller, the line between dreams and reality has begun to blur. She imagines an alternate life for herself, one with a perfect husband and children, but the more time she spends in this world the harder it becomes to leave it. Part psychological thriller, part character study, this novel is gripping from the start. If you have ever wondered 'What if?' then this is for you." Rebekah. ISBN 9781473674103
  • In her remarkable stories of seemingly ordinary people living extraordinary lives, Miranda July reveals how a single moment can change everything. Whether writing about a middle-aged woman's obsession with Prince William or an aging bachelor who has never been in love, the result is startling, tender and sexy by turns. One of the most acclaimed and successful short-story collections, No One Belongs Here More Than You confirms Miranda July as a spectacularly original, iconic and important voice today. ISBN 9781782116295
  • "In a world that seems to get crazier by the day, a world where ‘facts’ and ‘truth’ no longer seem to exist, how do you hang on to what you know to be ‘right’, and how do you respond to people who disagree? James O’Brien’s book is both serious and very funny as he examines how people construct their beliefs in a post-truth society & how we can combat the lies of the modern world." Bob ISBN 9780753553121
  • "This memoir of a junior doctor on the front-line of NHS care in the UK is eye-opening, hilarious and bizarrely inspiring - even though his intention appears to be the opposite! From the toll it takes on his personal life, to uncountable times people accidentally 'fall on' things that end up in their bums, this 'warts and all' autobiography is very funny and also very important." Bob ISBN 9781509858637
  • The Kelleher's beachfront holiday house creaks under a weight of secrets. A place where cocktails follow morning mass and children eavesdrop, it is home to matriarch Alice, who would trade every floorboard for a chance to undo the events of one night, decades before. As summer arrives and the women in Alice's family descend on the shore, it soon becomes clear that these mothers and daughters have been deeply hurt by the people they love the most. But as this fierce, irrational love burns ever brighter, anger builds and painful secrets are unearthed. ISBN 9780857894984
  • "I loved Padraic's first novel 'The Maker of Swans' and loved this one even more! A slice of ghostly Victoriana it included a daring heroine, a dastardly plot and thrilling adventures. Oh, and the writing is masterful." Bob ISBN  9781474601047
  • "Living in London during the Blitz, a young Emmaline Lake simply wants to Do Her Part. So when an opportunity appears at a newspaper, she jumps at the chance to become a Lady War Correspondent. Yet all is not what it seems.... A beautifully balanced novel about the heartbreak of wartime London and the resilience of its people, it manages to make you laugh with a lump in your throat. Great for reading with a cup of tea!" Rebekah ISBN 9781509853922
  • "A debut novel from a new young Irish writer is always exciting and this one is just brilliant! The story of one man and his dog - but not as you would ever heard before. Dark and mesmerizing, Baume's use of language is extraordinary. A difficult but amazing novel!" Bob "Once there was a dog that'd been through a lot and one day he bumped into a man who, likewise, hadn't been spoiled by life. They became brave and adventurous together. Shockingly beautiful read, a bit on the sad side but a brilliant debut nonetheless." Marta ISBN 9780099592747
  • "I’m loving the Jackson Lamb spy thrillers and this is the place to start! Clever & addictive with a great range of characters and brilliant plotting, it’ll keep you turning the pages and coming back for more. Read them now before the TV series appears with Gary Oldman leading the way as Jackson Lamb – the TV series may be good, but it won’t be as good as the books…" Bob. You don't stop being a spook just because you're no longer in the game. Banished to Slough House from the ranks of achievers at Regent's Park for various crimes of drugs and drunkenness, lechery and failure, politics and betrayal, Jackson Lamb's misfit crew of highly trained joes don't run ops, they push paper. But not one of them joined the Intelligence Service to be a 'slow horse'. A boy is kidnapped and held hostage. His beheading is scheduled for live broadcast on the net. And whatever the instructions of the Service, the slow horses aren't going to just sit quiet and watch. *Soon to be a TV series starring Oscar-award winning actor Gary Oldman as Jackson Lamb* ISBN  9781473674189
  • "My first contact with Strout’s prose and I came away enchanted. Topics and characters stuck in my mind for days! Ah, the power of the things unspoken… It’s a very easy and quick read dealing tenderly with mother-daughter relationship and growing mentally out of extreme poverty." Marta Lucy is recovering from an operation in a New York hospital when she wakes to find her estranged mother sitting by her bed. They have not seen one another in years. As they talk Lucy finds herself recalling her troubled rural childhood and how it was she eventually arrived in the big city, got married and had children. But this unexpected visit leaves her doubting the life she's made: wondering what is lost and what has yet to be found. ISBN 9780241248782
  • "This short novel is a clever and disturbing Orwellian take on what closed borders and a zero tolerance approach to immigration might look like. Young men and women are conscripted to defend ‘the Wall’ from ‘Others’, but have they been told the truth about what they’re actually defending, and what if the people they’re supposed to be fighting against aren’t actually the enemy?" Bob ISBN 9780571298730
  • "I'm reading my way through all of the Lord Peter Whimsy vintage crime thrillers at the moment and this one remains my favourite! When Harriet Vane's ex-lover is murdered by arsenic poisoning, it is obvious to the police that she is the murderer. But Whimsy is not so sure… Brilliant writing, clever twists and a classic denouement make this a most enjoyable crime novel!"Bob ISBN 9781473621336
  • "A comedy of manners, that is also a deeply moving story of unexpressed love. An aging butler allows his head to overule his heart in this beautifully contructed novel from one of our best contemporary novelists." Bob ISBN 9780571258246
  • "Join the millions of readers whose lives have been enriched by this extraordinary novel and see why the New York Public Library voted it as one of the 'books of the century'. Teenage Francie Nolan is an avid reader growing up in working class Brooklyn. I cannot recommend this novel highly enough." Sinead ISBN 9780099427575
  • "When an embalmer, his grandmother, a young carer and her ward embark on a road - trip together, you know it's going to be a good ride! Despite the dark subject matter, this is an incredibly uplifting and fun read. Full of heart and humour, this is a story with characters that will leave you smiling. Enjoy with a cup of tea and a slice of cake, preferably Black Forest Gateaux." Rebekah ISBN 9781509840366
  • "A young shepherd travels across the Arabic desert to fulfill his destiny. What he discovers along the way will inspire you to go on your own adventure - even if you end up back where you started. This is a novel that has stood the test of time, one that continues to engage the imagination and remind us that it is never too late to dream." Rebekah. ISBN 9780722532935
  • "When tragedy strikes, three siblings Marty, Liz & Jules have only each other to depend on. The book follows them into fractured adulthood through trials & transformations into what is supposed to resemble a recovery. Fascinating and heartbreaking, a must-read story of love, friendship & family." Marta ISBN 9781473654044
  • "I love this book! If you're looking for ways to change things but lack the framework and focus to do so and need some inspiration along the way, this is the books for you! I really have implemented change because of it. And there's a blog too!" Sinead ISBN 9780062888747
  • "A Scooby gang, a haunted house and the distinct whiff of impending apocalypse – can it get any better? Frankly, no, it can't - this is a great fun read." Ann A nostalgic and subversive trip rife with sly nods to H. P. Lovecraft and pop culture, in the vein of It and Stranger Things. SUMMER 1977. The Blyton Summer Detective Club (of Blyton Hills, a small mining town in Oregon's Zoinx River Valley) solved their final mystery and unmasked the elusive Sleepy Lake monster-another low-life fortune hunter trying to get his dirty hands on the legendary riches hidden in Deboen Mansion. And he would have gotten away with it too, if it weren't for those meddling kids. 1990. The former detectives have grown up and apart, each haunted by disturbing memories of their final night in the old haunted house. There are too many strange, half-remembered encounters and events that cannot be dismissed or explained away by a guy in a mask. And Andy, the once intrepid tomboy now wanted in two states, is tired of running from her demons. She needs answers. To find them she will need Kerri, the one-time kid genius and budding biologist, now drinking her ghosts away in New York with Tim, an excitable Weimaraner descended from the original canine member of the club. They will also have to get Nate, the horror nerd currently residing in an asylum in Arkham, Massachusetts. Luckily Nate has not lost contact with Peter, the handsome jock turned movie star who was once their team leader... which is remarkable, considering Peter has been dead for years. The time has come to get the team back together, face their fears, and find out what actually happened all those years ago at Sleepy Lake. It's their only chance to end the nightmares and, perhaps, save the world. ISBN 9781785658761
  • "Recent winner of the Women's Prize for Fiction, this powerful and moving novel is Shamsie's modern take on the Greek tragedy 'Antigone' by Sophocles. The story of three siblings - Isma and twins Aneeka and Parvaiz, it is a devastating portrayal of Islamic radicalism, regret, passion, and the lengths people will go to to protect those that they love. Shamsie's stunning writing draws you into the world of the characters and reveals the tragedy of the mistakes we make in life." Bob. ISBN 9781408886793
  • "I picked this up on a whim, and the same day had a sudden death in the family. I can't describe how much the poems in this collection helped - paired with Sieghart's musings on emotional maladies- then and everyday since. To me, it is as important to have in the house as plasters and a fire extinguisher." Rebekah ISBN 9781846149542
  • One of the most beloved figures of the twentieth century, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt remains a role model for a life well lived. At the age of seventy-six, Roosevelt penned this simple guide to living a fuller life. Now back in print, "You Learn by Living" is a powerful volume of enduring commonsense ideas and heartfelt values. Offering her own philosophy on living, Eleanor takes readers on a path to compassion, confidence, maturity, civic stewardship, and more. The following are her keys to a fulfilling life: Learning to Learn; Fear - the Great Enemy; The Uses of Time; The Difficult Art of Maturity; Readjustment is endless; learning to Be Useful; the right to Be an individual; how to Get the Best out of People; Facing responsibility; how everyone Can take Part in Politics; and, learning to Be a Public servant. Informed by her personal experiences as a daughter, wife, parent, and diplomat, this book is a window into Eleanor Roosevelt herself and a trove of timeless wisdom that resonates in any era. ISBN 9780062061577
  • "My friend told me about this book and described it as 'terrifying but so compelling'. I don't know how to describe it except once you've finished it, it will be on your mind for weeks. I loved Looker!" Sinead ISBN 9781472258809
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