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Holloway
A `holloway’ is an ancient sunken path, examples of which are found in the sandstone of South Dorset in the UK. None is younger than 300 years old, and they were used as ways to market, to the sea and as routes to holy places. This short 36-page essay recalls two trips along a particular holloway, in 2004 and in 2011. A poetic, evocative report by Robert Macfarlane & Dan Richards, with line drawings by Stanley Donwood. P Kehoe
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The Mighty Dead by Adam Nicolson
Homer’s epic poems, The Iliad and the Odyssey, are the oldest stories that mankind has for reading and their complex origins are explored in this fascinating book.The current orthodoxy is that The Iliad and The Odyssey are the product of the eighth century BC. After due consideration, Nicolson argues that the poems became part of the oral tradition much earlier, around 2000 BC. Scholarly yet passionate and accessible too. P Kehoe
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Mindfulness On the Go P O Morain
Padraig O'Morain is a writer and psychotherapist, who has practised mindfulness for 25 years and who teaches this valuable practice in sessions all around the country. O’Morain’s accessible 200-page work demonstrates how we can be more responsive to the presence of our own bodies. Emotional eating, needless consumerism, feelings of dread about the future, or regret about the past, can all be simply remedied. P Kehoe
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Stories - Machado De Assis
The Brazilian writer and journalist Joaquim Maria Machado De Assis wrote his most experimental stories between the years 1878 and 1886, amidst a general body of work which has won him the praise of Woody Allen, amongst others.In these ten stories, Machado de Assis’s sense of the fantastic seems to prefigure the work of the Argentinian Jorge Luis Borges. Weird and and elaborately wacky tales. Paddy Kehoe
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The Poetry of Derek Walcott
Born in St Lucia (West Indies) in 1930, Derek Walcott won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992, and collaborated with the late Seamus Heaney and with Paul Simon. This new Selected Poems -chosen by fellow poet Glyn Maxwel l- runs to over 600 pages Walcott published his first poem in a local newspaper at 14 and five years later, he borrowed 200 dollars to produce his debut collection, 25 Poems. Paddy Kehoe
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