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-a selection of books that reflect our modern world.

  • The Hike Life book in front of a purple background. The book cover shows a woman in a purple jacket and yellow hat sitting on top of a mountain sm0iling with a long lake visible in the valley behind her

    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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  • 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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  • 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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    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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  • BLIND BOY BOATCLUD TOPOGRAPHIA HIBERNICA BOOK COVER WHITE WITH LIGHT BLUE PATTERN OF TREES AND BIRDS

    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 book cover black and dark green cover with copper foil title and copper foil snake and fire around edges

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Dublin: Mapping the City

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    Explore the streets of Dublin through the ages with Dublin: Mapping the City. This attractive book is packed full of maps of the city, that documen...

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  • Tales of the Otherworld: A frightful Collection of Irish Ghost Stories

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     This spooky collection of ghost stories, thrilling tales, and some very scary words will have you shivering with fright. Collected and compiled by...

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  • Wolf-Men and Water Hounds

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    This captivating book follows the Myths, Monsters, and Magic of Ireland. Manchan Magan encourages us to approach the Island with a curious heart to...

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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 orange book cover with black and white text and image of an eye with blue iris

    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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    A Little History Of Dublin

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    A little history of Dublin is a whirlwind tour through this little city through the ages through engaging stories told by curator and founder of th...

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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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  • An Irish Folklore Treasury

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    John Creedon (Creedo to his pals) has a way with words, as any listener of his radio programme can agree with.  Here, he turns his skill to a colle...

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  • Climate Worrier: A Hypocrite's Guide to Saving the Planet

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    It seems like you could spend your entire life trying to be kind to the planet, and it still wouldn't be enough. Maybe you grow your own organic ve...

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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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  • Listen to the Land Speak

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    Our ancestors who lived here in Ireland centuries ago lived lives we would barely recognize. Their society praised the poets, monks, wise women, an...

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  • Three Castles Burning

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    Based on the excellent podcast of the same name. Donal Fallon's book traces the history of Dublin through the history of 12 well known city centre ...

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