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January 10, 2012

Pinhead Duffy by Helena Close

Filed under: Book Reviews,General Fiction,Irish — The Techie @ 12:55 pm
Title: Pinhead Duffy Author: Helena Close Genre: Fiction Publisher: Blackstaff Press Release Date: 2005 Pages: 250

Set in 1970s Limerick, Pinhead Duffy tells the story of four young men at a turning point in their lives. It is the last summer between primary and secondary school and the four boys – Sean, Dodge, Eyebrows and Pinhead – are looking forward to a good one.

At thirteen they are beginning to notice girls and Pinhead, the leader of their gang

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I’m Irish: Get Me Out of Here! by Donal Ruane

Filed under: Book Reviews,Irish,Biography — The Techie @ 12:55 pm
Title: I'm Irish Get Me Out of Here Author: Donal Ruane Genre: Biography Publisher: Gill & Macmillan Ltd Pages: 233

Donal Ruane has taken it upon himself to explain why the Irish are so fed up. Apparently we are suffering from a national hangover. For years we have had this party, called the Celtic Tiger, and now the party is over we all have a bit of a headache, according to Ruane.

The first part of this book is Ruane having a good old moan, giving out about binge

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The Book of Evidence by John Banville

Filed under: Book Reviews,Irish,Thriller — The DJ @ 12:55 pm
Title: The Book of Evidence Author: John Banville Genre: Detective and mystery stories Publisher: Pan Macmillan Release Date: 1998 Pages: 219

While many book lovers know who John Banville is, quite a lot haven’t read any of his work. The reasons are possibly that Banville has a weighty literary rep that inspires awe and fear in equal measures. My first introduction to him is The Book of Evidence and based on this, his back catalogue beckons.

For a writer of literary fiction, it’s

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Stay by Aislinn Hunter

Filed under: Book Reviews,General Fiction,Irish — The Writer @ 12:55 pm
Title: Stay Author: Aislinn Hunter Genre: Fiction Publisher: Anchor Books Release Date: 2013-08-15 Pages: 279

What is it about Ireland that inspires people to write? The jacket sleeve says that Ontario-born Aislinn Hunter lived in Dublin “for a few years” before returning home to base herself in Vancouver. She has already published a book of short stories and two of poetry and this, her debut novel, was shortlisted for the Amazon/Books in Canada

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Talk Nation, The Irish on Everything and Anything by Aubrey Malone

Filed under: Book Reviews,Irish — The Writer @ 12:55 pm
Title: Talk Nation Author: Aubrey Malone Genre: Irish

I picked up this little collection of quotes in a bookshop and flicking through landed on Fiona Looney’s name. I have always enjoyed her humour-laden newspaper columns and her haphazard but oddly compelling contributions to Gerry Ryan’s show on 2FM. I have to admit she is the main reason I bought it, her quote caught my eye in the section

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This Model Life by Andrew O’Connor

Filed under: Book Reviews,Chick-Lit,Irish — The Connoisseur @ 12:55 pm
Title: This Model Life Author: Andrew O'Connor Genre: Dublin (Ireland) Publisher: Poolbeg Press Release Date: 2005-01-01 Pages: 663

This book was given to me as I work in the world of Irish PR, not quite as glitzy as the one portrayed in this book, but familiar nonetheless. Otherwise I have to confess to being somewhat of a chick-lit snob. I was, however, intrigued to see what an Irish chick-lit novel written by a man would be like.

I was pleasantly surprised that I found it quite

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The Trouble With Boys by Gemma English

Filed under: Book Reviews,Chick-Lit,Irish — The Techie @ 12:55 pm
Title: The Trouble with Boys Author: Gemma English Release Date: 2005 Pages: 440

Amelia is very successful. She has a good job and her own apartment – complete with a vicious cat. When her sister Jenny announces her engagement to dull-as-dishwater Mike, Amelia is surprised to discover she is jealous. Her life is stuck in a rut and, at 29, she realises that it may be time to grow up.

She quickly moves in on Ray Donnelly at

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Watermark by Sean O’Reilly

Filed under: Book Reviews,General Fiction,Irish — The DJ @ 12:55 pm
Title: Watermark Author: Sean O'Reilly Genre: General Fiction, Irish

Sean O’Reilly’s last novel, The Swing of Things, focuses on two men who are barely managing to keep their heads above the rising tide of Dublin’s darker side. Suspended in a sort of self-destructive bubble, they seem resolved to wander in an existential fug, trying to discover where they should go in life.

In his new novel, Watermark

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Charlottes Way by Catherine Daly

Filed under: Book Reviews,Chick-Lit,Irish — The Techie @ 12:55 pm
Title: Charlotte's Way Author: Catherine Daly Genre: Orphans Release Date: 2005-02-01 Pages: 422

Charlotte’s Way tells the story of two sisters, Charlotte and Emily, who were adopted as children and couldn’t be more different.

As orphans both girls have spent their lives searching for security. Charlotte marries young and has three children. Secure in her relationship with husband Donal she really believes that together they can do

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Jenny Bristow: A Taste of Sunshine

Filed under: Book Reviews,Irish,Cookery — The Historian @ 12:55 pm
Title: A Taste of Sunshine Author: Jenny Bristow Genre: Cooking Publisher: Blackstaff Press Release Date: 2006-02-01 Pages: 128

Northern Irish cookery writer, radio and UTV television presenter Jenny Bristow has chosen to concentrate on Mediterranean food in her latest book, A Taste of Sunshine. With an emphasis on variety, simple ingredients and cooking meals from fresh raw unprocessed ingredients, Jenny comes firmly down on the side of healthy cooking. She doesn’t

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