Bibliofemme Bookclub An Irish Bookclub

January 10, 2012

Never No More by Maura Laverty

Filed under: Book Reviews,Classics,Irish — The Historian @ 12:55 pm
Title: Never No More Author: Maura Laverty Genre: Classics Publisher: Virago Press Release Date: 1985-01-01 Pages: 308

When I was a little one, with a voracious appetite for books and cooking, one of the books that I devoured was my Nana’s well-used copy of Full and Plenty by Maura Laverty. The distinctive blue and yellow covers contained a treasury of old Irish recipes but the icing on the cake for me were the stories with which Laverty started each chapter

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Second Son by Christy Kenneally

Filed under: Book Reviews,Irish,Thriller — The Techie @ 12:55 pm
Title: Second Son Author: Christy Kenneally Genre: Fiction Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Release Date: 2005 Pages: 463

When New York priest Michael Flaherty he hears that his younger brother Gabriel is missing he returns to the island off the coast of Galway that he fled many years before. Plagued by guilt over the drowning of his oldest brother, Flaherty hopes to find his only other brother alive, but first he has to face all the demons he ran away from.

Many years

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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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Three Weeks with My Brother by Nicholas Sparks, Micah Sparks

Filed under: Book Reviews,Biography — The Techie @ 12:55 pm
Title: Three Weeks with My Brother Author: Nicholas Sparks, Micah Sparks Genre: Biography Publisher: Sphere Pages: 384

Nicholas Sparks is probably best known for his books The Notebook and Message in a Bottle. In January 2003, Sparks and his brother Micah set off on a three-week trip around the world. Always close from early childhood, this trip was another milestone in the brothers’ lives as, by their early thirties, they were the only two surviving members

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Company of Three by Jennifer MacCann

Filed under: Book Reviews,Chick-Lit — The Techie @ 12:55 pm
Title: Company of Three Author: Jennifer MacCann Genre: Domestic fiction Release Date: 2005-01-01 Pages: 380

In this novel of first love, Anna's dull little life turns upside-down when the beautiful, witty Angela takes her under her wing and the gorgeous Marcus stumbles into her life.

Three young people are sharing a house in Dublin. Anna is a junior editor in a publishing house. Working for a woman who has no taste in literature, Anna’s life is a

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The Truth Club by Grace Wynne-Jones

Filed under: Book Reviews,Chick-Lit — The Techie @ 12:55 pm
Title: The Truth Club Author: Grace Wynne-Jones Publisher: Accent Press Pages: 408

Sally Adams has a confusing life. She has a job as a freelance journalist and a group of very supportive friends. She is even on good terms with her ex-husband Diarmuid – but why is he her ex? Why does she avoid writing her articles? Why has her perfectly satisfactory life suddenly lost its meaning?

Sally’s great aunt Aggie is dying and

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Ice Road by Gillian Slovo

Filed under: Book Reviews,Historical Fiction — The Techie @ 12:55 pm
Title: Ice Road Author: Gillian Slovo Genre: Historical Fiction Publisher: Virago Press Release Date: 2005 Pages: 544

Ice Road is a chilling and desperate story. Based in Leningrad during Stalin’s reign, Gillian Slovo uses a humble cleaner, Irina Davydovna, as her central character. Russia was never an easy place to live but, during Stalin’s rule and with the onslaught of World War II around the corner, it could only get worse.

Irina, though only a humble

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