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  • "This is a gem of a book - I can't recommend it enough, to adults and children alike. Ivan is a gorilla who has lived inside a cage in a shopping mall for 20 years, but you don't need to be a fan of animal stories to be fascinated by Ivan and enjoy his story of his domain, art and friends."Carrie Great for Ages 9-12 ISBN 9780007455331
  • "When Stargirl, a girl as out of this world as her name, arrives at Mica Area High School, no-one knows what to make of her. At first they are enchanted by her quirky antics, but then they turn on her. A modern classic about being different and standing out from the crowd." Jenny Great for Teens and Young Adults ISBN 9781408341025
  • "Miranda has a big imagination and a great love of words. She writes stories about her made-up land, Magnanimous. When her writing seems to cause small miracles Miranda tries to write a miracle for her sister Gemma, who is seriously ill. A warm, funny book about imagination, family and love, from one of Ireland's best writers for children." Jenny Great for Ages 9-12 ISBN 9781444929096
  • "This book charts Roald Dahl's life. From his first job in Africa, to his time as a pilot with the RAF in WWII. Full of wry humour and wonder at the strangeness and beauty of the world he found himself in." Ann Great for Ages 6-12 ISBN 9780141365558
  • "Jonas has grown up in a perfectly safe environment free of fear, pain and choice. He is turning twelve and will be allocated a career that will alter his perceptions of life and the true meaning of family. First published in 1993, it is credited with inspiring the dystopian genre. If you like the 'Hunger Games' and 'Divergent' series, you will enjoy this book." Ciara Great for Teens and Young Adults ISBN 9780007578498
  • "'It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known.' Very famous words, and often heard out of their original context, but now you can judge their true meaning for yourself." Ann ISBN 9780141199702
  • "Normally I would be a committed sceptic about this 'sort of thing' but I find myself being won over by his underlying hypothesis and its practical and beneficial applications." Ann ISBN 9781604592016
  • "Mrs. Dalloway is one of my favourite books of all time and I think the most accessible of Woolf's novels. It takes place over a single day when Clarissa Dalloway is preparing for a party and she thinks about her life as it is, was and what she thinks it will be. You will feel exhilarated after reading this." Sinead ISBN 9780241341117
  • "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
  • Sligo 1832. The cholera epidemic sweeps across Ireland like a secret, bringing with it a family of four hundred year old Vampires. Unsuspecting orphan, Valentine, is unaware of the Vampires lurking in the shadows, until he finds himself flying through the star filled sky on his way to a Vampire’s Lair. Matilda, Valentine’s sister, returns home from the fever hospital to discover that her brother Valentine has vanished and she will stop at nothing to find him. Valentine embarks on the adventure of a lifetime; he is shipwrecked at the foot of an ancient lighthouse, battles with a Vampire Hunter, rescues a mermaid and works as an illusionist. Valentine takes up residence in Casino Marino, an exquisite temple in Dublin with hidden rooms and secret passageways. It is a race against the clock. Will Valentine ever see Matilda again? Can he overcome the Vampire’s curse? And does he have what it takes to defeat the wicked Lorenzo?... Great for Teens and Young Adults. ISBN 9781781997635
  • "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
  • "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
  • Bringing into harsh focus the daily struggle for existence in a Soviet gulag, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich is translated by Ralph Parker in Penguin Modern Classics. This brutal, shattering glimpse of the fate of millions of Russians under Stalin shook Russia and shocked the world when it first appeared. Discover the importance of a piece of bread or an extra bowl of soup, the incredible luxury of a book, the ingenious possibilities of a nail, a piece of string or a single match in a world where survival is all. Here safety, warmth and food are the first objectives. Reading it, you enter a world of incarceration, brutality, hard manual labour and freezing cold - and participate in the struggle of men to survive both the terrible rigours of nature and the inhumanity of the system that defines their conditions of life. Though twice-decorated for his service at the front during the Second World War, Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn (1918-2008) was arrested in 1945 for making derogatory remarks about Stalin, and sent to a series of brutal Soviet labour camps in the Arctic Circle, where he remained for eight years. Released after Stalin's death, he worked as a teacher, publishing his novel One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich with the approval of Nikita Khrushchev in 1962, to huge success. His 1967 novel Cancer Ward, as well as his magnum opus The Gulag Archipelago, were not as well-received by Soviet authorities, and not long after being awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1970, Solzhenitsyn was deported from the USSR. In 1994, after twenty years in exile, Solzhenitsyn made his long-awaited return to Russia. ISBN 9780141184746
  • "This book is an exploration of two people's experience of the same relationship being markedly different. It's a completely addictive read, it's about the breakdown of a long and ostensibly happy marriage infused with so much wit and insight." Sinead Kate is smart, successful and adept at making people feel at home: her husband Adam, her children, the guests of the hotel chain she works for. But her own foundations are about to be knocked away - for while Kate has been building a life, Adam's attention has been elsewhere. Who is the woman he's been emailing? And whose number keeps showing up on his phone? Kate tries to hold things together for her daughters, but what can she say, now Adam won't be coming home? As Kate searches for answers, she is forced to reassess her family, her future, and the man she thought she knew . ISBN 9780330544696
  • "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
  • "If you liked Philip Pullman's 'Dark Materials' trilogy, or you enjoy great and imaginative storytelling then this is a book for you! In a world where you can hear everyone else's thoughts how do you hide from the people hunting you?" Bob Great for Young Adults ISBN 9781406379167
  • "I've just finished this for classics bookclub and adored it! Forget the film and soak up Capote's wonderful writing and a blonde Holly Golightly! "Never love a wild thing, Mr Bell..." is one of the most moving passages I ever read" Bob ISBN 9780241951453
  • "Now a film starring Julianne Moore, the original novel is just as intelligent and moving. When a brilliant linguistics professor is diagnosed with early onset Alzyeimer's she, and her family, must adjust to their new reality." Bob ISBN 9781471140822
  • "This book has one of the best opening sequences I have ever come across, and draws you in from the start. If you are looking for a recommendation for a young person moving into adult fiction, this is perfect!" Ann ISBN 9780099460879
  • "Combining adventure, dark emotions, metaphysics and theology, this trilogy is a challenging but rewarding read for young adult and mature readers alike." Bob Great for Young Adults ISBN 9781407186108
  • "A heartfelt coming of age story about Apple, a young girl finding comfort in her family however dysfunctional it may seem to others. Sweet and honest. A wonderful read." Ciara Great for Young Adults ISBN 9781526606761
  • "My only advice with this book would be to make sure you have no plans when you start to read it. The word 'unputdownable' could have been made for this book. Chilling and fascinating, there's a reason why everyone is talking about this book!" Sinead ISBN 9781780221359
  • "If you're a fan of 'The Hunger Games', you'll love this! Divergent is the first of a trilogy and is being made into a film. This will soon be the book everyone's talking about - get there first!" Sinead Great for Teens and Young Adults ISBN 9780007420421
  • "Such a sweet and awkwardly honest first love story. Brilliantly chosen characters that are not your stereotypically styled 'Romeo and Juliet'. Flawed and honest, full of teenage angst." Ciara "Home to one of my all-time favourite quotes - 'Eleanor was right: She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.' This book makes you feel a lot of things. A gorgeous read." Rebekah Great for Teens and Young Adults ISBN 9781409157250
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