Irish books are popular worldwide and even more so after a good Spring clean.
In this edition, you'll find new publications, old-favourites back in print, and more. Enjoy!
If you want to recommend a title for our next edition, or add a local-interest book to the Local Guide, scroll to the bottom to find out how.
Nuala O'Connor | Dec 2020 US / Apr 2021 IRL
A literary biography of Nora Barnacle Joyce, the lover and wife of Irish author James Joyce and the inspiration for Molly Bloom in Joyce’s masterpiece “Ulysses.” This bold reimagining of her life is a “lively and loving paean to the indomitable Nora Barnacle” – Edna O’Brien.
Big Girl, Small Town
Michelle Gallen | Dec 2020
Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award this unique debut novel tells the tale of a young woman on the autism spectrum who lives in a small village in Northern Ireland that is still experiencing the effects of the Troubles.
The John Hinde Collection – extended edition
John Hinde Studio | 2020
John Hinde – the man behind those postcards of Ireland we knew so well – was an important figure in the history of colour photography. This book shows how these images stand out in their own right as exquisite examples of photography of their time. In some cases, his studio’s original photographs are compared to the postcards from which they were printed to see how they differ.
The Lost Gaeltacht
Martin O'Halloran | November 2020
In 1940, twenty-four Irish-speaking families from Clonbur Co. Mayo were resettled in the fertile lands of Co. Meath. "A living wake took place, the likes of which had not been seen before in Clonbur. Strong men kissed stone walls..." This is their story; of poverty and congestion in rural slums in the west, the selection process by the Land Commission, threats and conflict and opposition, settlement and social integration in Allenstown, their struggle for survival during 'The Emergency’, their triumph and their ongoing relationship with their western homeland, and the death of a Gaeltacht.
"I recommend The Lost Gaeltacht to anyone with Irish heritage. You will learn so much about Ireland and yourself, as well as where your own strength and courage comes from." Clare Rossbach Review by John Grenham
Scenes of a Graphic Nature
Caroline O'Donoghue | June 2020
Can ever truly escape our Irish roots? Or are we are doomed to be forever entangled by them? Scenes of a Graphic Nature explores these questions through the fictional story of a struggling London-based filmmaker who returns to the West of Ireland to make a documentary about her father's school only to discover her own background and heritage.
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Twilight Together: Portraits of Ireland at Home
Ruth Medjber | November 2020
A year on from Ireland's first lockdown, his extraordinary portrait of a pandemic, by one of Ireland's most talented photographers, documents people from all over Ireland at their front window at dusk – each with their own story to tell.
LOCAL HISTORY & GENEALOGY
Recently published (or just back in print)
The Fall of the Fitzmaurices
Kay Caball | October 2020
After almost 500 years of acquisition and expansion, this Kerry dynasty enjoyed prestige, influence and immense wealth. However, within 100 years their land was gone, the Fitzmaurice earldom was no more. What happened?
The Little Roads of Ireland
David Rice | 2019
Hidden Ireland – where tourists seldom go – is beautifully depicted in this photographic collection of the boreens and tiny roads our ancestors walked upon.
Wild Stories from the Irish Uplands
John G O Dwyer | 2019
Ireland’s vertically unassuming mountains and hills have been central to the ebb and flow of Irish life for countless generations. With accounts of these events woven afterwards into unifying local mythologies, the author brings you thrilling tales of adventure and daring from outlaws hiding in mountainous caves, dramatic hillside gunfights between rebels, to nail-biting modern-day rescue missions.
50 Gems of West Cork
Kieran McCarthy | 2019
Attracting millions of visitors each year, West Cork is renowned not only for its scenery but for its serenity, culture and its people. Enjoy the changing and unspoilt landscapes and seascapes, from Bandon to Castletownbere, in this unique insight into the region.
John Fehan | 2019 – back in print
In easy, affectionate prose Feehan interweaves the natural and cultural heritage of County Mayo's Clare island and shares his wider ecological knowledge to help us understand the role each species of life surviving on the island plays in the life of this remarkable place.
The Archaeology of Lough Gur
Rose M Cleary | 2019
County Limerick's Lough Gur is one of the richest landscapes of field monuments in Ireland and over the past 150 years, many portable antiquities have been recovered from the lake and the surrounding countryside.
Our Readers Recommend
Flight from Famine – the coming of the Irish to Canada
Donald McKay | 2009
As early as the 17th century, the Irish arrived in Newfoundland and were establishing farms and settlements from Nova Scotia to the Great Lakes in the 18th century. This is the story of famine survivors who helped build Canada in the years that followed Black '47 – a testament to their courage, resilience, and perseverance. By the time of Confederation, the Irish population of Canada was second only to the French, and four million Canadians can claim proud Irish descent.
The Archives of the Valuation of Ireland, 1830-65
Frances McGee | 2018
Between 1830 and 1864 every piece of property in Ireland was valued, from houses on tiny plots of land to the great landed estates. The work of valuation created a large volume of archives that recorded the occupiers of land and houses as well as details of the location, extent and quality of their property. The valuation archives date from a period when few sources cover the whole country and are a rich resource for research ranging from family history to socio-economic study. The guide will assist researchers in understanding these complex documents.
Wild Irish Women
Marian Broderick | 2012
From patriots to pirates, warriors to writers, and mistresses to male impersonators, this book looks at the unorthodox lives of inspiring Irish women who, in times when women were expected to marry and have children, travelled the world, spoke out against oppression and creatively expressed their thoughts and ideas.
OLDIES BUT GOODIES
Traits and Stories of the Irish Peasantry
William Carleton | 1881
Best known for this collection of ethnic sketches of the stereotypical Irishman, William Carleton (1794–1869) was in his own words the "historian of their habits and manners, their feelings, their prejudices, their superstitions and their crimes". Himself the son of a Catholic tenant farmer who suffered eviction, he alienated the sympathies of many of the Catholic Irish by highlighting the peasantry's predisposition to gang violence and alcohol.
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