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Marian Keyes - Making It Up As I Go Along

The sub-title to Marian Keyes' new book - a rare foray into non-fiction for the hugely successful novelist -  is `Tales from an eejit who was buying shoes the day Life's Rulebook was issued.' Thus Marian's quirky observations on life and its ins and outs.

  • Small town South Wales life expertly evoked in Thomas Morris's debut collection.

    Thomas Morris we don't know what we're doing

    Loneliness hovers at the edges of Thomas Morris's masterful short stories, which are set in the author's native town of Caerphilly in South Wales.

  • Vivid but sometimes unsettling perceptions about marriage and the lives of women, as well as a visionary approach with elements of the folk tale.

    Clarice Lispector Collected Stories

    Colm Tóibín has written of the Brazilian author Clarice Lispector (1920-1977) that she "had an ability to write as though no one had ever written before." She wrote of women trapped in faulty marriages, but she also delved in the human psyche.

  • A Nation and not a Rabble - compelling and illuminating account of the watershed years in twentieth century Irish history.

    A Nation and not a Rabble - Diarmaid Ferriter

    UCD historian Diarmaid Ferriter's latest work, A Nation and not a Rabble - now available in paperback - is an absorbing record of the watershed decade, 1913-1923.

  • Some poems deal obliquely with the Second World War and East Germany before the the Wall came down, but Coloured Handprints is mostly contemporary in its concerns.

    Coloured Handprints - 20 German-Language Poets

    The work of 20 contemporary German poets is presented in the original and translated into English in this 173-page collection, which offers a welcome insight into the preoccupations and obsessions of poets whose names will be new to most Irish readers.

  • The perfect Christmas gift for the nostalgic parent or the post modern ironist in your life

    Brand New Retro - Brian McMahon & Joe Collins

    Brand New Retro is a big, bright and funny compendium of Ireland's pop culture past but it also tells us a lot about how we used to live and love. Alan Corr has a look through its glossy pages

  • Vivid poems of Dublin and Spain, of birth and death, of sickness and health, of piety and fecklessness.

    Michael Smith Collected Poems

    Michael Smith, who died in 2014, was a distinguished poet, translator, secondary school teacher, and publisher whose life-long immersion in Spanish literature won him the European Academy Medal for translation in 2001. Paddy Kehoe recalls the poet.

  • Colum McCann's new collection contains an absolute classic of contemporary Irish literature in the short story, Sh'khol.

    Colum McCann Thirteen Ways of Looking

    The centre-piece of Colum McCann's latest book is the eponymous crime novella in 13 chapters, but the real highlight is the additional 38-page story, Sh'khol, easily one of the most powerful and moving pieces of Irish fiction ever.

  • Satin Island: a satire for our times

    Tom McCarthy Satin Island

    Tom McCarthy's bemused 173-page novel is all about quirky pictures of modern life, tilting the images, as indeed an anthropologist might do, to gain greater clarity. The protagonist U scarcely knows what he is doing as the ground endlessly shifts.

  • Anna Bikont's book is difficult to read at times, so vivid is her absorbing and remarkably brave account.

    Anna Bikont  The Crime and The Silence

    Anna Bikont's classic work of investigation first appeared in Polish in 2004, and was deemed by Ryszard Kapuscinski, as one of the most important and dramatic books of the decade. It is now published in English.

  • Engaging tales of love found and lost, of infidelity and meanness and kindness - in short all human nature is here.

    Maeve Binchy:  A Few of the Girls

    This new collection gathers 41 stories from Maeve Binchy whose fiction continues to move and inspire readers of all ages, three years after her passing in 2012.

  • Leo Tolstoy's title novella and some of his long short stories are collected in this sparkling new translation.

    Leo Tolstoy The Kreutzer Sonata and other stories

    Rated as the greatest fiction writer of all time by many, Leo Tolstoy's best-known works were War and Peace and Anna Karenina. However, the Russian author (1828-1910) also wrote a number of captivating novellas and short stories.

  • Kershaw's illuminating study reveals what it was like for ordinary Europeans to live through two twentieth century conflagrations.

    Ian Kershaw To Hell and Back  Europe 1914-1949

    "Europe's twentieth century was a century of war, " Ian Kershaw baldly declares by way of opening sentence of his compelling new study which brings us the story of ordinary lives lived in large part in the shadow of battle.

  • The Same Old Story: An engaging tale of lost illusions from mid-nineteenth century Russia, just published in a new translation by Stephen Pearl.

    Ivan Goncharov  The Same Old Story

    Anxious to make a name for himself, the romantic but naive young poet, Alexander Aduyev travels to St Petersburg. But things don't at all go to plan. Does he return home? Such is Goncharov's gift that you will want to know in this new translation.

  • Dang! I should never have traded in my Les Paul copy - anyway, back to multiple realities and moral perspectives before some shuteye.

    Elvis Costello Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink

    Thank God for Costello's acerbic sense of humour which makes the experience of reading his memoir such scurrilous pleasure as you discover the anarchic lifestyle of an Attraction at large in Tokyo and the USA.