***Dubray Staff Recommended Read*** In an already stellar year for Irish fiction comes The Amusements, the stunning debut from Aingeala Flannery. Set in the seaside town of Tramore, it tells the story of Helen and her more sophisticated friend Stella, from school days to adulthood. Flannery also follows the lives and interactions of their families and neighbours, giving us an acute, piercing portrayal of small-town Irish life. Compassionate and humorous in equal measure, this book will stay with you long after you have finished. Recommended by Brian Blacker, Dubray Grafton St.
Riveting, compulsive and bold, IDOL interrogates our relationship with our heroes and explores the world of online influencers, asking how well we can ever really know those whose carefully curated profiles we follow online.
Dubray Staff Recommended Read....An English artist and a French linguist arrive on an island three miles off the coast of Ireland. The Irish speaking colony of just twelve families is isolated yet picturesque. The friction between the visitors and the native people acts as a microcosm of the colonial conflict taking place on the mainland. Magee tackles gargantuan matters such as language and identity with unbelievable ease. This deeply contemplative and intimate novel from the award-winning author is an essential read. Recommended by Mary-Louise Ryan, Dubray Galway
One day, one city, two women: Ruth and Pen. Neither known to the other, but both asking themselves the same questions: how to be with others and how, when the world doesn't seem willing to make space for them, to be with themselves?
From the acclaimed writer of The End of the World is a Cul de Sac comes an astonishing debut novel about the lives ordinary people, where the political invades the personal and love is never far away from violence
***Dubray Staff Recommended Read*** In this raw and honest memoir, Baek Sehee recounts her experiences of dealing with a form of depression known as Dysthymia, through twelve recorded sessions with her psychiatrist. With additional essays about her life, the author gives us an intimate look into her personal experience with the disorder, easily conveying the complexity of the emotions involved with the mental illness. This unflinching account is incredibly insightful, emotional and powerful. Recommended by Ailbhe Mannion, Dubray Galway
***Dubray Staff Recommended Read*** It’s 1979 and Maeve Mallen knows exactly what she wants – to do well in her A-levels, escape her small Northern Irish town and get to university in London. Taking a summer job in a local factory while she awaits her results, Maeve paints a picture of a childhood where fear and mistrust is woven into every memory. With her wit and keen-eyed observations, the character blazes from every page in this astonishingly good follow-up to Gallen’s debut Big Girl, Small Town. Recommended by Susan Walsh, Dubray Support Office
***Dubray Staff Recommended Read*** Jeff is on Killiney beach for his daily swim. A young woman approaches and they embrace, before he covers her mouth and smothers her. The incident is witnessed from the car park by Jeff’s wife, Cass, and their son. The dead woman is Nina, an Italian student here to study under his tutorship. What has led to her shocking demise and how will Cass react to her husband’s bizarre actions? Find out in this gripping psychological thriller that keeps you guessing until the end. I loved it Recommended by Nicola Kennedy, Dubray Bray
A Dubray Staff Recommended Read .... A successful French entrepeneur with a sideline in professional assassinations, an up-and-coming Nigerian rapper, a depressed author, a film edtor and a single mother: they have a little in common except that they're all passengers on board Air France Flight 006 from Paris to New York when something very strange happens. With the pace of a thriller, and added metaphysics and philosophy, this strangely wonderful novel has won the Prix Goncourt and already sold a million copies by Aoife Roantree, Dubray Grafton street.
Dubray Staff Recommended Read.....Jess has invited herself to stay with her half-brother Ben in Paris but when she arrives, her brother is absent, and the secretive neighbours keep their distance. Despite the opulence, there’s a palpable sense of unease and Jess’s questions could lead to the kind of trouble she can’t handle. A locked-room mystery with clear, engaging characters who can’t be trusted, this atmospheric and sinister snap of a thriller keeps twisting and turning until it has you flat-footed. Recommended by Donal Harding, Dubray Dun Laoghaire.
Inspired by true events and a landmark case in US history, the unputdownable and deeply moving story of a black nurse who makes a shocking discovery about two young girls in her care, from a New York Times bestselling author.
***Dubray Staff Recommended Read*** It’s 1963, and biochemist Valery Kolkhanov is a prisoner in a Siberian gulag. When he’s forced to work out the rest of his sentence conducting research into the effects of radiation on ecosystems, he realises that the information he’s been given doesn’t match the evidence in front of him. Based on the true story of the Kyshtym disaster, Pulley’s characteristic style and wit weave a tender, complex, darkly humorous story, and a stunning portrait of the Soviet Union in the Cold War. Recommended by Aoife Roantree, Dubray Liffey Valley
***Dubray Staff Recommended Read*** This is a novel about how our lives are shaped by the lives that touch ours, and how those lives are shaped by the lives that touch theirs, and how this pattern continues over and over, ad infinitum. It follows sisters Alice and Hanna, as they journey from messy childhoods to complicated adulthoods, dipping into the stories of their parents, brother, partners, and friends. Wait's insightful and often hilarious prose will remind you that sometimes, everyone is dysfunctional. And that's OK. Recommended by Martha Fitzgerald, Dubray Liffey Valley
Dubray Staff Recommended Read .... Hotel maid Molly has difficulty reading people and likes her own routine. Her co-workers laugh at her behind her back and call her old-fashioned but she wholeheartedly loves her job cleaning rooms all day. When one of the hotel's most important guests is found dead, Molly is caught up in the ensuing frenzy and finds herself in a mess she can't sweep under the rug. You can't help but root for this charming character in this warm, humourous murder mystery... by Imogen McBean, Dubray Dundrum
Novelist, Sportswriter and All-Ireland minor hurling winner Tadhg Coakley ruminates on the importance of sport in his life. He reflects on the joys of sport, as player and fan, and sport’s pervasive influence, good and bad, on humanity.
Taking place in a remote house in the south-west of Ireland, this rich and vivid novel spans seven years and speaks to the times we live in, asking how we may withdraw, how better to live in the natural world, and how the choices made or avoided lead us home.