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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 : Min Jin Lee

 Yeongdo, Korea 1911.

A club-footed, cleft-lipped man marries a fifteen-year-old girl.  The couple have one child, their beloved daughter Sunja. When Sunja falls pregnant by a married yakuza, the family face ruin. But then a Christian minister offers a chance of salvation: a new life in Japan as his wife.  Following a man she barely knows to a hostile country where she has no friends and no home, Sunja's salvation is just the beginning of her story.

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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cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their centre of gravity.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

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Author : Colson Whitehead

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE FOR FICTION 2017

Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. All the slaves lead a hellish existence, but Cora has it worse than most; she is an outcast even among her fellow Africans and she is approaching womanhood, where it is clear even greater pain awaits.

When Caesar, a slave recently arrived from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they take the perilous decision to escape to the North.In Whitehead's razor-sharp imagining of the antebellum South, the Underground Railroad has assumed a physical form: a dilapidated box car pulled along subterranean tracks by a steam locomotive, picking up fugitives wherever it can. Cora and Caesar's first stop is South Carolina, in a city that initially seems like a haven. But its placid surface masks an infernal scheme designed for its unknowing black inhabitants.

And even worse: Ridgeway, the relentless slave catcher sent to find Cora, is close on their heels. Forced to flee again, Cora embarks on a harrowing flight, state by state, seeking true freedom.At each stop on her journey, Cora encounters a different world. As Whitehead brilliantly recreates the unique terrors for black people in the pre-Civil War era, his narrative seamlessly weaves the saga of America, from the brutal importation of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of the present day.

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Author : Hannah Kent

Northern Iceland, 1829.  A woman condemned to death for murdering her lover. A family forced to take her in. A priest tasked with absolving her.  But all is not as it seems, and time is running out: winter is coming, and with it the execution date. Only she can know the truth. This is Agnes's story.

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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 : Tom Rob Smith

Debut novel set in Soviet Russia in 1953. Although crime does not exist, millions live in fear of being sent to their death. Officer Leo Demidov believes in what he is doing, but when he witnesses the interrogation of an innocent man, he begins to question his loyalties.

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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 : Eleanor Catton

It is 1866, and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of twelve local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky.

Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2013.

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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 : Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

As teenagers in Lagos, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. Their Nigeria is under military dictatorship, and people are fleeing the country if they can. The self-assured Ifemelu departs for America. There she suffers defeats and triumphs, finds and loses relationships, all the while feeling the weight of something she never thought of back home: race. Obinze had hoped to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London.

Awards

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Irish Times Bookshop of the Year, 2014

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