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All that's new or new to us - as in we've just read and thought absolutely brilliant - is listed below.

 

New Cookery

mary berry everydayMary Berry Everyday - Mary Berry - Add a little Mary magic to your cooking with 120 brand-new recipes from the inspiring new BBC series. It includes delicious family suppers, tempting food for sharing and plenty of sweet treats, all made with everyday ingredients and a clever twist.

 

 

oprah winfry cook'Food Health & Happiness 'On Point' Recipes For Great Meals and a Healthy Life' - Oprah Winfrey  Oprah Winfrey has spent her life trying to make peace with food, which has been such a source of pleasure and meaning for her. Now Oprah has found ways to have her favourite meals while also controlling her weight, and in Food, Health and Happiness she shares not only her struggles with food but also the recipes that have allowed food to be a source of joy for her again. 

 

deliciously ella'Deliciously Ella with Friends: Healthy Recipes to Love, Share and Enjoy Together' - Ella Mills Woodward  In the follow-up to her amazing chart-topper Deliciously Ella Every Day, Ella makes it easy to prepare delicious food for you, your friends and family, whatever the occasion. No more wondering whether certain dishes go together, Ella makes life simple with her menus - whether you are planning a laid-back brunch, a last-minute lunch or a fancy supper, she has it covered with hearty and filling recipes that celebrate her natural eating philosophy. 


 

New Fiction we've been eagarly awaiting

hearts furiesThe Heart's Invisible Furies - John Boyne - Cyril Avery is not a real Avery or at least that's what his adoptive parents tell him. And he never will be. But if he isn't a real Avery, then who is he?  Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple via the intervention of a hunchbacked Redemptorist nun, Cyril is adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship with the infinitely more glamourous and dangerous Julian Woodbead.  At the mercy of fortune and coincidence, he will spend a lifetime coming to know himself and where he came from - and over his three score years and ten, will struggle to discover an identity, a home, a country and much more.

 

best adamThe Best of Adam Sharp -Graeme Simsion On the cusp of fifty and a happy introvert, Adam is content. He's the music expert at his local pub-quiz and he and his partner Claire rumble along. Life may not be rock n' roll, but neither is it easy listening.  Yet something has always felt off-key. And that's his nostalgia for what might have been, his blazing affair - more than twenty years ago, on the other side of the world - with Angelina Brown, a smart and sexy, strong-willed actress who taught him for the first time, as he played piano and she sang, what it meant to find - and then lose - love. How different might his life be if he hadn't let her walk away? Then, out of nowhere, Angelina gets in touch.
Adam has sung about second chances, but does he have the courage to believe in them?

 

swimming lessonsSwimming Lessons - Claire Fuller - Gil's wife, Ingrid has been missing, presumed drowned, for twelve years. A possible sighting brings their children, Nan and Flora, home.  Together they begin to confront the mystery of their mother. Is Ingrid dead? Or did she leave? And do the letters hidden within Gil's books hold the answer to the truth behind his marriage, a truth hidden from everyone including his own children?

 


 New Fiction We've Read and Loved

gustav sonataThe Gustav Sonata - Rose Tremain - Gustav grows up in a small town in Switzerland, where the horrors of the Second World War seem a distant echo.  But Gustav's father has mysteriously died, and his adored mother Emilie is strangely cold and indifferent to him. Gustav's life is a lonely one until he meets Anton. An intense lifelong friendship develops but Anton fails to understand how deeply and irrevocably his life and Gustav's are entwined until it is almost too late

 

 

anatomy soldierAnatomy of a Soldier - Harry Parker - Captain Tom Barnes is leading British troops into a war zone when he is gravely injured by an exploding IED. This devastating moment and the transformative months that follow are narrated here by forty-five objects, telling one unforgettable story.  Original, raw and brilliant

 

 

 

days endDays Without End - Sebastian Barry - After signing up for the US army in the 1850s, barely seventeen, Thomas McNulty and his brother-in-arms, John Cole, fight in the Indian Wars and the Civil War. Having both fled terrible hardships, their days are now vivid and filled with wonder, despite the horrors they both see and are complicit in. But when a young Indian girl crosses their path, Thomas and John must decide on the best way of life for them all in the face of dangerous odds.

 

 

darktownDarkTown - Thomas Mullen - Atlanta, 1948 - In this city, all crime is black and white. On one side of the tracks are the rich, white neighbourhoods; on the other, Darktown, the African-American area guarded by the city's first black police force of only eight men. These cops are kept near-powerless by the authorities: they can't arrest white suspects; they can't drive a squad car; they must operate out of a dingy basement.  When a poor black woman is killed in Darktown having been last seen in a car with a rich white man, no one seems to care except for Boggs and Smith, two black cops from vastly different backgrounds. Pressured from all sides, they will risk their jobs, the trust of their community and even their own lives to investigate her death. Their efforts bring them up against a brutal old-school cop, Dunlow, who has long run Darktown as his own turf - but Dunlow's idealistic young partner, Rakestraw, is a young progressive who may be willing to make allies across colour lines  

miss janeMiss Jane - Brad Watson - Inspired by the true story of his own great-aunt, Watson explores the life of Miss Jane Chisolm, born in rural, early-twentieth-century Mississippi with a genital birth defect that would stand in the way of the central "uses" for a woman in that time and place - namely, sex and marriage. From the country doctor who adopts Jane to the hard tactile labor of farm life, from the sensual and erotic world of nature around her to the boy who loved but was forced to leave her, the world of Miss Jane Chisolm is anything but barren.

 

golden hillGolden Hill - Francis Spufford - New York, a small town on the tip of Manhattan Island, 1746. One rainy evening, a charming and handsome young stranger fresh off the boat from England pitches up to a counting house on Golden Hill Street, with a suspicious yet compelling proposition - he has an order for a thousand pounds in his pocket that he wishes to cash. But can he be trusted? This is New York in its infancy, a place where a young man with a fast tongue can invent himself afresh, fall in love, and find a world of trouble.

 


New Lighter Fiction:

wedding promiseThe Wedding Promise - Emma Hannigan - Restoring a romantic, crumbling villa brings Shelly back to the small Spanish village she and her husband Gerry fell in love with before they married - fulfilling a wedding-day promise he made to her that they would return.

But as plans to transform the villa into a stunning wedding venue take shape, Shelly discovers that her grown-up children might need the new move more than she does.  Jake has begun to question the things he values most: his career as a pilot, his relationship with his girlfriend Fee. Could Spain offer him the change he's desperately seeking?  And when Leila arrives in Spain with a newborn baby in tow, she soon finds herself getting caught up in the fledgling business. But then she hears some startling news she wasn't expecting.  As Casa Maria takes its first booking, will it turn out to be more than a romantic promise made all those years ago? Perhaps a second chance at new beginnings?

 

the dryThe Dry - Jane Harper - Amid the worst drought to ravage Australia in a century, it hasn't rained in small country town Kiewarra for two years, tensions in the community become unbearable when three members of the Hadler family are brutally murdered.

 Everyone thinks Luke Hadler, who committed suicide after slaughtering his wife and six-year-old son, is guilty. Policeman Aaron Falk returns to the town of his youth for the funeral of his childhood best friend, and is unwillingly drawn into the investigation. As questions mount and suspicion spreads through the town, Falk is forced to confront the community that rejected him twenty years earlier.  Because Falk and Luke Hadler shared a secret, one which Luke's death threatens to unearth. And as Falk probes deeper into the killings, secrets from his past and why he left home bubble to the surface as he questions the truth of his friend's crime.  Slow, paced, well written, atmospheric read

  


Thrillers You've Been Waiting For:

 

nowhere manFollow - on to 'Orphan X'

The Nowhere Man - Gregg Hurwitz - As a boy, Evan Smoak was taken from a children's home, raised and trained as part of a secret government initiative buried so deep that virtually no one knows it exists.
But he broke with the programme, choosing instead to vanish off grid and use his formidable skill set to help those unable to protect themselves. One day, though, Evan's luck ran out ...Ambushed, drugged, and spirited away, Evan wakes up in a locked room with no idea where he is or who has captured him. As he tries to piece together what's happened, testing his gilded prison and its highly trained guards for weaknesses, he receives a desperate call for help.

With time running out, he will need to out-think, out-manoeuvre, and out-fight an opponent the likes of whom he's never encountered to have any chance of escape. 

 

spook streetBook 4 in The Jackson Lamb ('Slow Horses') Series

Spook Street - Mick Herron - Twenty years retired, David Cartwright can still spot when the stoats are on his trail. Radioactive secrets and unfinished business go with the territory on Spook Street: he's always known there would be an accounting.  And he's not as defenceless as they might think. Jackson Lamb worked with Cartwright back in the day. He knows better than most that this is no vulnerable old man.
'Nasty old spook with blood on his hands' would be a more accurate description. 'The old bastard' has raised his grandson with a head full of guts and glory. But far from joining the myths and legends of Spook Street, River Cartwright is consigned to Lamb's team of pen-pushing no-hopers at Slough House.
So it's Lamb they call to identify the body when Cartwright's panic button raises the alarm at Service HQ. And Lamb who will do whatever he thinks necessary, to protect an agent in peril .

 

ninth graveFollow - on to 'Victim Without a Face'

The Ninth Grace - Stefan Arnhem - TWO COUNTRIES IN THE GRIP OF WINTER. On the coldest day of the year, Sweden's Minister for Justice steps out of Parliament House and into a blizzard - and disappears. That same night, across the Baltic Sea, a Danish celebrity finds a stranger lurking in her snow-bound home.
TWO KILLERS STALK THE STREETS. One is a surgeon who carefully dissects his victims. The other is a brutal predator who targets women.
Police in Stockholm and Copenhagen are closing in on their suspects. But as winter darkens and more people die, their investigations begin to unravel. SOMETIMES MURDER IS JUST THE BEGINNING

 


 

New Non-Fiction

weak sufferAnd The Weak Suffer What They Must:  Europe, Austerity and the Treat to Global Stability - Yanis Varoufakis - The crisis in Europe is not over, it's getting worse. In this dramatic narrative of Europe's economic rise and spectacular fall, Yanis Varoufakis, former finance minister of Greece, shows that the origins of the collapse go far deeper than our leaders are prepared to admit - and that we have done nothing so far to fix them.

 

 

life journalMy Life Goals Journal - Andrea Hayes - Do you dream of creating a change in your life but feel stuck or unsure where to start? Andrea Hayes' inspirational and practical journal will help you clarify what you really want for the year ahead so you can begin to manifest the life of your dreams. Inside, you will find a twelve-step strategy to help you identify your goals and focus on each one, month by month. With space provided for monthly journaling, helpful exercises for overcoming your own personal mental blocks, and Andrea's free hypnosis downloads designed to let you relax and access your most authentic self, this book will help you to stop drifting and form new habits that will transform your life. 

 


New books for Young People

Early Readers & 7+

diva fleaDiva & Flea:  A Parisien Tale - Mo Willems & Tony DiTerlilli  Diva, a small yet brave dog, and Flea, a curious streetwise cat, develop an unexpected friendship in this unforgettable tale of discovery from an award-winning author/illustrator pairing. For as long as she could remember, Diva lived at 11 avenue Le Play in Paris, France. For as long as he could remember, Flea also lived in Paris, France - but at no fixed address.  When Flea flaneurs past Diva's courtyard one day, their lives are for ever changed. Together, Diva and Flea explore and share their very different worlds, as only true friends can do.

 

 

painted dragon

Book 3 in The Sinclair's Mysteries Series for girls aged 10+

The Painted Dragon - Katherine Woodfine - When a priceless painting is stolen, our dauntless heroines Sophie and Lil find themselves faced with forgery, trickery and deceit on all sides! Be amazed as the brave duo pit their wits against this perilous puzzle! Marvel at their cunning plan to unmask the villain and prove themselves detectives to be reckoned with - no matter what dangers lie ahead...It's their most perilous adventure yet! 

 

rugby runnerBook 5 in The Rugby Spirit Series

Rugby Runner - Ger Siggins - Schools rugby star Eoin Madden has never been busier - he's captain of the Junior Cup team, he's training with Leinster and hoping to be chosen for the Ireland team for the first-ever Under 16 World Cup. But it's not all fun and games, as Eoin also has to deal with grumpy friends, teachers piling on the homework - AND a ghost on a mission that goes back to the very origins of the game of rugby. But what does the restless spirit need, and can Eoin help him? Books, crooks and rucks - it's all to play for this term!

 

Young Teen

smell other peoplesThe Smell of Other People's Houses - Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock - Alaska, 1970: growing up here is like nowhere else.  Ruth wants to be remembered by her grieving mother. Dora wishes she was invisible to her abusive father.  Alyce is staying at home to please her parents. Hank is running away for the sake of his brothers. Four very different lives are about to become entangled.  Because if we don't save each other, how can we begin to save ourselves? One of the best books I've read for the 13-16 year age group for a long time. Brilliant

 

queens cageBook 3 in The Red Queen Series

The Queen's Cage - Victoria Aveyard - Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal.  Now a king, Maven continues weaving his web in an attempt to maintain control over his country - and his prisoner. As Mare remains trapped in the palace, the remnants of the Red Rebellion continue organizing and expanding. As they prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows, Cal - the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare's heart - will stop at nothing to bring her back.

 

 

Children

The Easter Rising 1916:  Molly's Diary - Patricia Murphy

This book is part of The Hands on History series from Poolbeg. It's about a twelve year old girl called Molly, who writes everything down about the Easter Rising in 1916 which is happening around her.  Her father is the Chief Technical Officer at the General Post Office (GPO), who is in charge of the telegraph lines. Her sixteen year old brother, Jack, is secretly a Fianna boy scout led my Countess Markievicz and is working for rebel leaders.  Then Jack disappears & Molly sets off to find him.


blood upon the roseBlood Upon the Rose: Easter 1916 - Gerry Hunt

The book covers the story from the early planning to the final executions and includes the tragic romance between Joseph Plunkett and Grace Gifford - it is the story of the rising, told as a graphic novel.


 

Adult

1916 - Portraits & Lives

This book is a selection of 40 articles from the Royal Irish Academy's Dictionary of Irish Biography, dealing with 42 men and women whose careers, in one way or another, were deeply involved with the Easter rising of 1916. The biographies selected compose an inclusively broad picture of the rising, representing the spectrum of personalities and perspectives that were involved in the event.


 

Inside the GPO 1916: A first-hand account - Joe Good

A first-hand account of the 1916 Rising and its aftermath brings alive the historic events that ushered in the beginnings of an independent Irish state. A Londoner and a member of the Irish Volunteers, Joe Good guarded the approach across O'Connell Bridge as the rebels took the centre of Dublin. He joined the garrison in the GPO, and describes at first hand the events of insurrection: the confusion, the heroism, and the tragedy of Easter Week.

After the Rising, Joe Good worked as an organiser for the Volunteers. He was a close associate of Michael Collins and his portrait of Collins provides fresh insight into his character, his competitiveness, and how he related to his men.


easter dawnEaster Dawn: The 1926 Rising - Turtle Bunbury

In the long and epic fight for Irish independence, few events match the drama and tragedy of the Easter Rising of 1916. Inspired by the legends of old and sharing the dream of an independent Ireland, an extraordinary alliance of men and women sought to overthrow British rule in Ireland. 'Easter Dawn' charts the story of the Rising from the landing of the guns at Howth in 1914, to the arrests and executions that followed it.  The fate of those involved - rebel and loyalist alike - is told through eyewitness accounts and media reports.


16 lives series

The Easter Rising of 1916 was an attempt by armed revolutionaries to overthrow British rule in Ireland. A small group of Irishmen and Irishwomen seized key building in Dublin and fought a pitched battle with British soldiers for one week. The execution of sixteen men awakened a generation to the cause of Irish freedom.

16 Lives will record the full story of those executed leaders …


city in wartimeA City in WarTime, Dublin 1914-1918 - Padraig Yeates

In the years 1914 to 1918 Dublin was utterly transformed. It was still recovering from the divisive class warfare of the 1913 Lockout when the First World War broke out. Twenty-five thousand men joined the British Army - many of them never to return - and the Easter Rising of 1916 transformed the city into a rebel stronghold.

This fascinating history looks at how the lives of ordinary Dubliners were affected by the changes wrought. Padraig Yeates examines the motivations of those who fought on both sides in the Easter Rising, why so many working-class Dublin men joined the British Army, how civilians survived the war years, the impact of the war on music halls, child cruelty, prostitution, public health and much more. Dublin as we know it was shaped in these years.


Easter Widows - Sinead McCoole

One week in May 1916, seven Irish women became widows. When they had married their husbands they had embarked on very different lives. They married men of the establishment; one married a lecturer, two others married soldiers, another a civil servant.

These women all knew each other and their lives became intertwined. For the seven women whose stories are told in Easter Widows, their husbands' interest in Irish culture, citizenship and rights became a fight for independence which at Easter 1916 took the form of military action against the British. These men were among the leaders who formed a provisional government of the Irish Republic and issued a proclamation of Irish Independence.


rebel sistersRebel Sisters - Marita Conlon McKenna

One could loosely describe this as 'romantic non-fiction' as it is written in a 'romantic fiction' style but very much based on fact.  Following the lives of the Gifford sisters from 1901 through to the the 1916 rising, this book is easy to read but packed full of info not only on Nellie, Grace and Muriel but also some of the 1916 leaders, including Thomas McDonagh and Joe Plunkett.  Nellie herself was stationed in the College of Surgeons and the chapters describing the fighting and the conditions suffered by the rebels are particularly emotive.

 

 

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Irish Times Bookshop of the Year, 2014

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