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10 Must Have Books For Your Holiday Suitcase

Thursday, 10 May 2007


One of the main items required for your holiday suitcase this summer is a 'good read' so Katriona McFadden is here with her top 10 choices.

Katriona McFadden:
Katriona McFadden has been working as a reporter with RTÉ Radio since 2001. Most recently she has worked as a roving reporter with The Tubridy Show and from September she will work as a reporter on the new RTÉ Radio 1 weekday drive-time programme. She joined RTÉ Radio after completing a B.A. in Journalism at DCU.  To date she has worked as a researcher and reporter on Five Seven Live and a newspaper reviewer on RTÉ 2fm's The Full Irish.  She has co-produced and co-presented a10 part series on the EU accession countries and her documentary Five Days in Tallinn was broadcast in December 2003.  She also produced and presented the children's radio programme The Funday Show. In 2002 Katriona spent some time working as a researcher on The Late Late Show. Katriona hails from Milford in Co Donegal, where her parents Michael and Kathleen continue to live with her brother Nicholas.



Secret Diary of a Demented Housewife  (€16.40) - Niamh Greene, Penguin Ireland
A hilarious novel from new Irish author Niamh Greene cataloguing the highs and lows of life as a young mum. Imagine Bridget Jones with two untameable tots, throw in some extra laughs, and you have the ultimate demented housewife!

Daddy's girls (€10.40) - Tasmina Perry, Harper Collins
A perfect beach read. A worthy successor to Jackie Collins, Tasmina Perry's first novel is glamorous, glitzy and unputdownable. It tells the story of the four Balcon sisters: one actress, one designer, one politician and one fashion editor, they are the darling of the press.

The Caller  (€10.45)- Alex Barclay, Harper Collins
A gripping new thriller from young Irish author Alex Barclay. NYPD cop Joe Lucchesi is in a race against time to save the next potential victim of a brutal and deranged serial killer.

Bad luck and trouble (€17.90) - Lee Child, Transworld
Fast becoming one of the biggest names in crime writing, Lee Child is back with another pacy novel featuring his maverick detective Jack Reacher. Reacher has gone to ground after 9/11, but when members of his old army unit begin to be murdered one by one, he has to get back into the game.

The Unquiet  (€14.99) - John Connolly
The Unquiet is the latest in the Charlie Parker detective series.  A psychologist, missing for years, is believed to have harmed kids in his care in his day. His daughter thinks him dead but is devastated when a man, Merrick, comes asking questions. Parker is hired to make Merrick go away. No such luck, also turns out Merrick is being funded by a ghost from Parker's past. Weaving thriller with a little supernatural unquiet dead as per usual Connolly.

Ryanland  (€11.95) - Philip Nolan
A hilarious travel book from Irish author Philip Nolan.  Philip takes advantage of the many weird and sometimes wonderful routes offered by Ireland's most notorious low-fares airlines, and offers an entertaining take on everything Europe and its aeroplanes have to offer!

Redemption falls  (€14.99) - Joseph O'Connor

Joseph O'Connor's first novel since Star of the Sea is a remarkable achievement. Featuring some of the characters from that book, it is an epic portrait of the aftermath of the American Civil War. Eliza Duane sets out on foot to find a child lost in the war, and on her journey meets an incredible cast of characters. An incredible love story, it shows the impact of war on ordinary lives, and shows the power of forgiveness.

Marley and Me (€19.40) - John Grogan

A heartwarming book for dog lovers everywhere. When John Grogan and his family decided to get a dog, they hadn't planned on Marley: a large, endlessly affectionate, endlessly mischievous lab, so untameable that he was expelled from obedience school. But Marley pulled the family through dark times, fought crime, and even became a movie star. Hilariously funny and very moving.

Stolen Time  (€14.99) - Sunny Jacobs
A remarkable memoir, telling of Sunny's long incarceration on death row after being falsely accused of murder. Her partner was wrongly executed for the crime, and during her time in prison her parents tragically died, and she lost contact with her children. Finally exonerated, she now lives in Ireland.

Anyone Can Do it  (€17.50)- Duncan Bannatyne (Autobiography)
At 30, Duncan Bannatyne had no money and was enjoying life on the beaches of Jersey. He saw a story of someone who had made himself a millionaire, and decided to do the same himself. Five years later he had done it, and now he is worth 168 million. In this remarkable book, Bannatyne relives his colourful path to riches, explaining how anyone could take the same route as he did - if they really want to. In the book, we see how he started out as an ice cream salesman, and built up that business, before moving on to other areas. Hugely articulate, and with numerous fascinating and revealing stories to tell, this is an autobiography and a business book unlike any other - but then Bannatyne isn't like any other businessman, either.

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All books provided courtesy of Borders Books Store, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15.