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January 10, 2012

The Money Doctor: How to Achieve Total Financial Health – Quickly and Easily by John Lowe

Filed under: Book Reviews,Irish — The Techie @ 12:55 pm
Title: The Money Doctor Author: John Lowe Genre: Irish Publisher: Gill & Macmillan Ltd Pages: 400

John Lowe is an expert in personal finance and he has written this book to help those of us who tend to put brown envelopes with windows into a drawer and forget about them.

In a practical way, Lowe gives advice on how to get the best value for our mortgages, credit cards and loans. He suggest goals for each person to work out and provides a glossary

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The Sea by John Banville

Filed under: Book Reviews,Irish,Thriller — The Artist @ 12:55 pm
Title: The Sea Author: John Banville Genre: Fiction Publisher: Vintage Release Date: 2006 Pages: 195

One of the first things that strikes the reader upon starting The Sea is the sense of familiarity on encountering its protagonist Max Morden. John Banville’s characters are certainly distinct from one another but occupy the same Venn diagram of self-satisfied, unfulfilled smugness as each other. Their morality is in a constant state of dishabille

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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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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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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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Rachel’s Favourite Food for Friends by Rachel Allen

Filed under: Book Reviews,Irish,Cookery — The Historian @ 12:55 pm
Title: Rachel's Favourite Food for Friends Author: Rachel Allen Genre: Cooking Publisher: Gill & Macmillan Release Date: 2005 Pages: 224

First there was Myrtle Allen who was responsible for singlehandedly raising the profile and quality of Irish food through her work abroad and in her country house hotel at Ballymaloe. Daughter-in-law Darina backed her up, beginning the Ballymaloe Cookery School and, with her Simply Delicious television series and books, started pushing the message

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The Faber Book of Best New Irish Short Stories

Filed under: Book Reviews,Irish — The DJ @ 12:55 pm
Title: The Faber Book of Best New Irish Short Stories, 2004-5 Author: David Marcus Genre: Authors, Irish Release Date: 2005 Pages: 325

Compilations, be they of music or film, usually tend to be a varied bag of glittering gems and damp squibs. Faber’s new Irish collection of short stories is no exception, but the word ‘new’ hints temptingly at the possibility of more undiscovered writers than are actually included here. One thing an anthology like this promises

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