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-a selection of books that reflect our modern world.

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    Parenting Advice to Ignore in Art & Life

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    Parenting Advice to Ignore in Art and Life is a collection of all-too-familiar unsolicited advice parents receive on a daily basis. Adding her own ...

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    The Hike Life

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    A life long hiker, Roz Purcell grew up at the foot of Sliabh Na mBan in Tipperary, which was her childhood playground and escape from the jobs on t...

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  • Asylum - inside Grangegorman

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    In 1814, the Richmond Lunatic Asylum at Grangegorman in Dublin started an extraordinary programme of asylum building across Ireland, aimed at allev...

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    Topographia Hibernica

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    There are few writers like Blindboy, and this book is one that is hard to describe. Absorbing and hard to put down, it is packed full of stories an...

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    Gods Don't Cry

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    Ireland once worshiped a multitude of gods. Gods that were powerful and brave, yet still unafraid to show their vulnerability, reject violence, or ...

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  • To Boldly Go Where No Book Has Gone Before

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    This brilliant read is an engaging romp through the history of science revealing the very human stories behind the greatest of discoveries. Written...

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  • The Book You Want Everyone You Love to Read

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    This warm, practical and witty book by Philippa Perry delves into relationships and the quality of those connections in this practical guide to eva...

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  • A Beautiful Pint

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    Ian Ryan, founder of Sh*t London Guinness and Beautiful Pints, has been searching for the perfect pint of Guinness for some time now, and finally, ...

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  • Begin Again

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    Begin Again by Oliver Jeffers is one of those picture books that makes you stop and think. Some bits are sad, the others hopeful, this book explore...

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  • The Late Night Writers Club

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    The Late Night Writers Club sees a talented, but rather annoying, writer struggle through writer's block to complete his first novel. Tortured by h...

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    Social Capital

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     Social media has been shaping the lives of millions here in Ireland, and billions around the world over the last 3 decades. As each new platform h...

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  • Changing World

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    The terrifying effects of a warming planet are as impossible to ignore as they are hard to contemplate, making it hard at times to pick through the...

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  • Gaffs: Why No One Can Buy a House

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    Our homes have been the frontline of defence during the COVID19 pandemic - as all over the world we were told to 'stay home' to  help stop the spre...

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  • Tree Dogs, Banshee Fingers & Other Irish Words for Nature

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    The words gathered in these pages, matched with evocative illustrations by Steve Doogan, should leave you with no uncertainty about the poetry, wis...

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  • Why We Swim

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    Does anything beat jumping into the sea as the sun rises over Dublin Bay? I think not. From The Forty-foot to Seapoint, sea swimming has seen a rea...

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    Pottering: A Cure for Modern Life

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    Have you found yourself loafing about this year? Unwittingly part of the meander movement? Then you've been pottering. Anna McGovern's little book ...

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    Irish Insult Generator

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    Is he a shitehawk or a messer? A gombeen or a dope? Take the decision-making out of your trash talk and fire out hilarious one-line insults left, r...

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  • Motherfocloir: Dispatches from a not so Dead Language

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    Based on the hilarious twitter feed @theirishfor, Motherfocloir, by Darach o Seaghdha is an incredibly funny book about the Irish language. Featuri...

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  • Secret Dublin - An Unusual Guide

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    Discover the inner sanctum of Freemason's Hall, see Napoleon's toothbrush, marvel at a hoax plaque hidden in plain sight on O'Connell Bridge, try G...

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    The City of Today is a Dying Thing

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    The current rhetoric is that cities are bad for us. They are noisy, polluted, overcrowded and unnatural, but by greening them and treating them as ...

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    How to Smile

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    Learning how to smile for ourselves, is one of the most powerful tools we have towards feeling truely at peace with ourselves. Not only can a smile...

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    Sunday Miscellany

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    RTÉ Radio 1’s Sunday Miscellany is an Irish institution. This radio programme has brought comfort, joy and entertainment to hundreds of thousands o...

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    What if? 2

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    What if? 2 brings you more answers to the many, many strange questions you have but have been afraid to ask. Just how high can you go on a swing? W...

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    Black & Irish: Legends, Trailblazers and Everyday Heroes

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    Published in collaboration with Black & Irish, This book, Black & Irish:  Legends, Trailblazers and Everyday Heroes does exactly as it says...

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