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January 10, 2012

First Love, Last Rites by Ian McEwan

Filed under: Book Reviews,General Fiction — The Artist @ 12:55 pm
Title: First Love, Last Rites Author: Ian McEwan Genre: Fiction Publisher: Random House Release Date: 1997 Pages: 161

First Love, Last Rites is Ian McEwan’s first collection of short stories; it won the Somerset Maugham Award in 1976.

McEwan’s characters are a strange lot; a man who ‘disappears’ his wife, a paedophile, a rapist, orphans and an infantilised man. What is stranger, however, is that any shock value one could attribute to the choosing

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Grace and Truth by Jennifer Johnston

Filed under: Book Reviews,General Fiction — The Writer @ 12:55 pm
Title: Grace and Truth Author: Jennifer Johnston Genre: General Fiction Publisher: Headline Review Release Date: 2005 Pages: 250

Jennifer Johnston is a great storyteller, that much is true. I’m told graduates of the Irish secondary school system are likely to have encountered her coming-of-age novel Shadows on Our Skin, which was Booker Prize listed in 1977, but I had never come across her work until I read and thoroughly enjoyed This is not a Novel in 2002. I was quietly

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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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Moorish by Greg and Lucy Malouf

Filed under: Book Reviews,Cookery — The Historian @ 12:55 pm
Title: Moorish Author: Greg Malouf, Lucy Malouf, Genre: Cooking Release Date: 2011 Pages: 213

Moorish is the second cookbook by Greg and Lucy Malouf, restaurateur and food writer respectively. Greg, who is commonly regarded as one of Australia’s most innovative chefs, has been credited with influencing and introducing a generation of chefs and diners to the flavours, tastes and textures of the Middle East through his cooking in O’Connell’s

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Cooking for Mr Latte by Amanda Hesser

Filed under: Book Reviews,Cookery — The Historian @ 12:55 pm
Title: Cooking for Mr. Latte Author: Amanda Hesser Genre: Cooking Publisher: W. W. Norton Release Date: 2004 Pages: 336

Unlike many foodie memoirs that add recipes on to the end of each chapter, Amanda Hesser – one of the food writers at the New York Times – understands the many meanings of food. Cooking for Mr Latte, subtitled A Food Lover’s Courtship, with Recipes, incorporates food as seduction and comfort, a means of binding together families

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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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Soft Target by Stephen Leather

Filed under: Book Reviews,Thriller — The Techie @ 12:55 pm
Title: Soft Target Author: Stephen Leather Genre: Fiction Publisher: Coronet Release Date: 2005 Pages: 520

Although I have not read Hard Landing by Stephen Leather, the prequel to Soft Target, the name Stephen Leather rang a bell with me. So when this book arrived, I settled down to what I imagined would be a good read. Luckily I was not disappointed.

Dan ‘Spider’ Shepherd is an undercover cop, working ostensibly as a hired killer. Larry Hendrickson

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The Bone People by Keri Hulme

Filed under: Book Reviews,General Fiction — The Historian @ 12:55 pm
Title: The bone people Author: Keri Hulme Genre: Fiction Publisher: Penguin Group USA Release Date: 1988 Pages: 450

The Bone People was one of the books that I considered picking for my last, pre-New Zealand, bookclub. Instead, due to the lack of Kiwi books available in Irish bookshops, we ended up with The Colour. Rose Tremain’s novel wasn’t bad – particularly in its evocation of the landscape and weather of New Zealand – but, having read

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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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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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