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As an independent bookshop, our booksellers like to uncover new and interesting books that you might not see everywhere else, so have a browse of our very own staff pick selections with accompanying reviews and maybe you’ll find your next great read right here! And remember – we offer Free Postage in ROI on orders over €30 – just choose the Free Postage option at checkout.

  • "This odd yet beautiful small book contains the stories of fifty strange islands from across the globe. Each story makes you consider the world that we live in, and what a diverse and amazing place it really is. It’s a bit pricey (sorry!) but beautifully produced and bound. A wonderful quirky discovery." Bob ISBN 9781846143496
  • In the dying days of the American Civil War, newly freed brothers Landry and Prentiss find themselves cast into the world without a penny to their names. Forced to hide out in the woods near their former Georgia plantation, they're soon discovered by the land's owner, George Walker, a man still reeling from the loss of his son in the war. When the brothers begin to live and work on George's farm, the tentative bonds of trust and union begin to blossom between the strangers. But this sanctuary survives on a knife's edge, and it isn't long before the inhabitants of the nearby town of Old Ox react with fury at the alliances being formed only a few miles away. Conjuring a world fraught by tragedy and violence yet threaded through with hope, THE SWEETNESS OF WATER is a debut novel unique in its power to move and enthral. ISBN 9781472274380
  • It begins with a message: a telephone call informing Krishan that his grandmother's former care-giver, Rani, has died in unexpected circumstances, at the bottom of a well in her village in the north, her neck broken by the fall. The news arrives on the heels of an email from Anjum, an activist he fell in love with four years earlier while living in Delhi, bringing with it the stirring of distant memories and desires. As Krishan makes the long journey by train from Colombo into the war-torn Northern Province for the funeral, so begins a passage into the soul of an island devastated by violence. Written with precision and grace, A Passage North is a poignant memorial for the missing and the dead, and a luminous meditation on time, consciousness, and the lasting imprint of the connections we make with others. ISBN 9781783786947
  • "Sometimes, what we really need is a spooky mix of Daphne Du Maurier and Donna Tartt with a touch of Margaret Attwood and ‘Madam’ ticks all the boxes! A young inspirational Classics teacher, a strange isolated boarding school in Scotland, and a dark secret that has to be uncovered… A twisted romp of a novel with a cataclysmic conclusion." Bob. ISBN 9781529408737
  • "Mathematics might be your friend or enemy, but Alex Bellos' book will not fail to give you a new appreciation, insight an understanding for the world of numbers." Carrie ISBN 9781526623997
  • "This book is not to be missed! Are you very sensitive to the subtleties of your surroundings? Do you have vivid dreams? Do you pick up on tiny things that others miss? This should be required reading, loved it!" Sinead ISBN 9780008244309
  • "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
  • "Based on the ill-fated 1840s expedition to the Arctic to find the fabled North West passage, this is a tale of immense bravery, human endurance, drama and horror, played out in the unrelenting cruelty of the frozen wastes." Ann ISBN 9780857503916
  • "This powerful and haunting story centers on 3 characters, Stingo the narrator, Sophie a Polish emigrant, an Nathan her boyfriend. All is not as it seems as we discover Sophie's past through flashbacks and her relationship with the brilliant but unstable Nathan. It eventually leads us to the secret that Sophie has to carry...her choice." Sinead ISBN 9780099470441
  • "After some weighty novels, the sheer relief of finding a book I could dip into and out of at will, was palpable. Perfect for the bus or train, or a late night nugget to ponder on whilst propped up in bed. Here is America and it's people opening their lives and hearts up to the world." Ann ISBN 9780571210701
  • "On those nights when I couldn't sleep as I worried about setting up 'the Gutter Bookshop', I dipped into this little book and felt a lot better! You will too..." Bob ISBN 9780340708019
  • "With a wonderfully noir-ish feel, and humming with humour, this is another must for fans of the old-fashioned, wise-cracking gum-shoe." Ann ISBN 9780007150939
  • "Featuring mystery, madness and romance, you will find yourself wanting to believe that the impossible is possible, that love can traverse time and save the damned. Very strange and very compelling." Ann ISBN 9781847671691
  • "Funny, warm and witty, Mindy Kaling's book is a quick read that will make you laugh out loud. Learn about her rise to fame, her office co-stars, things that make her cry, her plans for her own funeral and how she makes herself excercise. Basically, I want to be Mindy's best friend. But this book is the next best thing!" Jenny ISBN 9780091957179
  • "Musicophilia is a compassionate and inquisitive study about the pathologies of musical response and what they might teach us about a 'normal' faculty of music. This clinical, anecdotal and psychological approach is written with clarity to make it utterly readable and emotive." Carrie ISBN 9780330523592
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to sleep a year away, then look no further than this book. Our unnamed narrator starts taking sleeping pills to numb out the world, only leaving her apartment to get coffee, visit the doctor’s office and the pharmacy…until she starts sleepwalking… A truly unforgettable, and at times unsettling, novel with a truly unlikable protagonist to boot (seriously, you’ll hate her – in the best way!)" Emilie It's the year 2000 in a city aglitter with wealth and possibility; what could be so terribly wrong? Our narrator has many of the advantages of life: Young, thin, pretty, a recent Columbia graduate, she lives in an apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan paid for, like everything else, by her inheritance. But there is a vacuum at the heart of things, and it isn't just the loss of her parents in college, or the way her Wall Street boyfriend treats her, or her sadomasochistic relationship with her alleged best friend. Blackly funny, both merciless and compassionate - dangling its legs over the ledge of 9/11 - My Year of Rest and Relaxation is a showcase for the gifts of one of America's major young writers. ISBN 9781784707422
  • Samuel has lived alone for a long time; one morning he finds the sea has brought someone to offer companionship and to threaten his solitude... A young refugee washes up unconscious on the beach of a small island inhabited by no one but Samuel, an old lighthouse keeper. Unsettled, Samuel is soon swept up in memories of his former life on the mainland: a life that saw his country suffer under colonisers, then fight for independence, only to fall under the rule of a cruel dictator; and he recalls his own part in its history. In this new man's presence he begins to consider, as he did in his youth, what is meant by land and to whom it should belong. To what lengths will a person go in order to ensure that what is theirs will not be taken from them? A novel about guilt and fear, friendship and rejection; about the meaning of home. ISBN 9781910688922
  • The course of Frank Mackey's life was set by one defining moment when he was nineteen. The moment his girlfriend, Rosie Daly, failed to turn up for their rendezvous in Faithful Place, failed to run away with him to London as they had planned. Frank never heard from her again. Twenty years on, Frank is still in Dublin, working as an undercover cop. He's cut all ties with his dysfunctional family. Until his sister calls to say that Rosie's suitcase has been found. Frank embarks on a journey into his past that demands he reevaluate everything he believes to be true. ISBN 9780340977620
  • The photo shows a boy who was murdered a year ago. The caption says, 'I KNOW WHO KILLED HIM'. Detective Stephen Moran hasn't seen Holly Mackey since she was a nine-year-old witness to the events of Faithful Place. Now she's sixteen and she's shown up outside his squad room, with a photograph and a story. Even in her exclusive boarding school, in the graceful golden world that Stephen has always longed for, bad things happen and people have secrets. The previous year, Christopher Harper, from the neighbouring boys' school, was found murdered on the grounds. And today, in the Secret Place - the school noticeboard where girls can pin up their secrets anonymously - Holly found the card. Solving this case could take Stephen onto the Murder squad. But to get it solved, he will have to work with Detective Antoinette Conway - tough, prickly, an outsider, everything Stephen doesn't want in a partner. And he will have to find a way into the strange, charged, mysterious world that Holly and her three closest friends inhabit and disentangle the truth from their knot of secrets, even as he starts to suspect that the truth might be something he doesn't want to hear. From the multi-award-winning author of Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller In the Woods, The Secret Place is a searing novel of psychological suspense. ISBN 9781444755619
  • Still traumatised by her brush with a psychopath, Detective Cassie Maddox transfers out of the Murder squad and starts a relationship with fellow detective Sam O'Neill. When he calls her to the scene of his new case, she is shocked to find that the murdered girl is her double. What's more, her ID shows she is Lexie Madison - the identity Cassie used, years ago, as an undercover detective. With no leads, no suspects and no clues to Lexie's real identity, Cassie's old boss spots the opportunity of a lifetime: send Cassie undercover in her place, to tempt the killer out of hiding to finish the job. ISBN 9780340924792
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