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Book Club Recommendations

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All books listed have been tried and tested by either our book club or local book clubs. Please let us know if you have any other titles you would highly recommend.

Please note, we offer a 10% discount to all book clubs, on their monthly book choice.


Book Club News

For details of the books being discussed this month, please go to our events page

Bridge Street Books runs 4 book clubs - 2 for Juniors (9+) and 2 for adults

 

Junior Book Club is held on the last Thursday of the month @ 3.30pm & 4.30pm & is open to all children aged 9+. 

The groups are divided as follows:

3rd & 4th class age meet at 3.30pm

5th & 6th class age meet at 4.30pm

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We run 2 adult book clubs - one in conjunction with Phil Healy's Pub and the other meets in the book shop

Phil Healy's Book Club is held on the last Wednesday of every month, upstairs in Phil Healy's Craft Beer bar @ 8pm.

There is also a Thursday night book club, which meets in Bridge Street Books on the last Thursday of the month at 8pm.  Unfortunately, this book club is currently full.

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Author : Gavin McCrea

In September 1870 a train leaves Manchester bound for London.  On board is Lizzie Burns, a poor worker from the Irish slums, embarking on the journey that will change her forever. Sitting in the first-class carriage beside her lover, the wealthy mill-owner Frederick Engels, the vision of a life of peace and comfort takes shape before her eyes. But as Lizzie soon learns 'the world doesn't happen how you think it will.  The secret is to soften to it, and to take its blows.

The fictional account of the life of Lizzie Engels, set amid the historical account of Frederick Engels, Karl Marx and life in Victorian England

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Author : Audrey Magee

A soldier on the Russian Front marries a photograph of a woman he has never met. Hundreds of miles away in Berlin, the woman marries a photograph of the soldier. It is a contract of   business rather than love.  When the newlywed strangers finally meet, however, passion blossoms and they begin to imagine a life together under the bright promise of Nazi Germany. But as the tide of war turns and Allied enemies come ever closer, the couple find themselves facing the terrible consequences of being ordinary people stained with their small share of an extraordinary guilt

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Author : Maggie O'Farrell

When the sophisticated Innes Kent turns up on her doorstep, Lexie Sinclair realises she cannot wait any longer for her life to begin, and leaves for London. There, at the heart of the 1950s Soho art scene, she carves out a new life.  In the present day, Elina and Ted are reeling from the difficult birth of their first child. Elina struggles to reconcile the demands of motherhood with her sense of herself as an artist, and Ted is disturbed by memories of his own childhood that don't tally with his parents' version of events. As Ted begins to search for answers, an extraordinary portrait of two women is revealed, separated by fifty years, but connected in ways that neither could ever have expected.

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Author : Sara Novic

Growing up in Zagreb in the summer of 1991, 10-year-old Ana Juric is a carefree tomboy; she runs the streets with her best friend, Luka, helps take care of her baby sister, Rahela, and idolizes her father. But when civil war breaks out across Yugoslavia, football games and school lessons are supplanted by sniper fire and air raid drills. The brutal ethnic cleansing of Croats and Bosnians tragically changes Ana's life, and she is lost to a world of genocide and child soldiers; a daring escape plan to America becomes her only chance for survival.

Ten years later she returns to Croatia, a young woman struggling to belong to either country, forced to confront the trauma of her past and rediscover the place that was once her home.

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Author : Patrick Gale

A shy but privileged elder son, Harry Cane has followed convention at every step. Even the beginnings of an illicit, dangerous affair do little to shake the foundations of his muted existence - until the shock of discovery and the threat of arrest force him to abandon his wife and child and sign up for emigration to Canada.  Remote and unforgiving, his allotted homestead in a place called Winter is a world away from the golden suburbs of turn-of-the-century Edwardian England. And yet it is here, isolated in a seemingly harsh landscape, under the threat of war and madness that the fight for survival will reveal in Harry an inner strength and capacity for love beyond anything he has ever known before.

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Author : Chigozie Obioma

In a small town in western Nigeria, four young brothers - the youngest is nine, the oldest fifteen - use their strict father's absence from home to go fishing at a forbidden local river. They encounter a dangerous local madman who predicts that the oldest brother will be killed by another. This prophesy breaks their strong bond and unleashes a tragic chain of events of almost mythic proportions.

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Author : Petina Gappah

Memory, the narrator of The Book of Memory, is an albino woman languishing in Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison in Harare, Zimbabwe, where she has been convicted of murder.  As part of her appeal her lawyer insists that she write down what happened as she remembers it. The death penalty is a mandatory sentence for murder, and Memory is, both literally and metaphorically, writing for her life. As her story unfolds, Memory reveals that she has been tried and convicted for the murder of Lloyd Hendricks, her adopted father.  But who was Lloyd Hendricks? Why does Memory feel no remorse for his death? And did everything happen exactly as she remembers?

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Author : Denis Theriault

At only 108 pages, this is a short read,  but packed full of things to discuss.

Bilodo lives a solitary daily life, routinely completing his post round every day and returning to his empty Montreal apartment.  But he has found a way to break the cycle & Bilodo has taken to stealing people's mail, steaming open the envelopes and reading the letters inside. And so it is he comes across Segolene's letters. She is corresponding with Gaston, a master poet, and their letters are each composed of only three lines.  They are writing each other haikus. The simplicity and elegance of their poems move Bilado and he begins to fall in love with her.

But one day, out on his round, he witnesses a terrible and tragic accident.  Just as Gaston is walking up to the post-box to mail his next haiku to Segolene, he is hit by a car and dies on the side of the road. And so Bilodo makes an extraordinary decision, he will impersonate Gaston and continue to write to Segolene under this guise. But how long can the deception continue for?

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Author : Lisa McInerney

WINNER OF THE BAILEYS' WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2016

WINNER OF THE DESMOND ELLIOT PRIZE 2016

Maureen didn't mean to kill a man, but what can a poor dear do when she's surprised by an intruder and only has a holy stone to hand? Lucky that she's just reconnected with her estranged son Jimmy, because as the most feared gangster in Cork he certainly has the tools to sort out the mess. So Jimmy enlists his boyhood buddy Tony, who with six kids and a love of the bottle could certainly do with the money, even if his teenage son, Ryan, is far too keen to grow up so he can become a gangster himself. And all is going to plan until Georgie, the girlfriend of the hapless intruder, starts to wonder where he went

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Author : Hanya Yanagihara

When four graduates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their centre of gravity.

Over the decades, their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success, and pride. Yet their greatest challenge, each comes to realise, is Jude himself, by midlife a terrifyingly talented litigator yet an increasingly broken man, his mind and body scarred by an unspeakable childhood, and haunted by what he fears is a degree of trauma that he'll not only be unable to overcome - but that will define his life forever

Awards

Irish-Times-award-2014

Irish Times Bookshop of the Year, 2014

Contact Details

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Wicklow Town,
Co. Wicklow,
Ireland

Opening Hours: Mon-Sat, 9:30am-6pm
(Closed Bank Holiday Mondays)

Tel: (0404) 62240
Email: info@bridgestreetbooks.ie
Website: www.bridgestreetbooks.ie

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