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?
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.
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
The major new novel from the beloved prize-winning author -- a brilliantly perceptive, painfully true and funny journey deep into one family's foibles, from the 1950s right up to the changed world of today When the kids are grown and Mercy Garrett gradually moves herself out of the family home, everyone determines not to notice
Dubray Staff Recommended Read... Summer is coming. Time to move the bees somewhere warm and lush, far away from the deafening sounds of war in Little Starhorodivka. For Sergeyich, one of the last residents living under occupation in this no-man’s land, daily life is hard and there’s been no electricity for years. He and his neighbour survive on vodka and honey while the bees winter in blissful ignorance. Penned by one of Ukraine’s finest writers, Grey Bees shows that life must go on, whatever the circumstances. Recommended by Mary Burnham, Dubray Dun Laoghaire.
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
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.
The award-winning, bestselling author of Station Eleven and The Glass Hotel returns with a novel of art, time, love and plague that takes the reader from Vancouver Island in 1912 to a dark colony of the moon three hundred years later, unfurling a story of humanity across centuries and space.
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.
The Number 1 Sunday Times-bestselling novel, from the author of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, and A Darker Shade of Magic. The Secret Garden meets Crimson Peak, perfect for fans of Neil Gaiman, Holly Black and Susan Cooper.
Dubray Staff Recommended Read......Patrick Gale is a storyteller of incredible skill, and this wonderful book is completely absorbing from the opening pages. He has an incredible eye for minute detail as well as dramatic set pieces, both of which are present in this hugely satisfying and affecting novel. Moving from coastal Cornwall to wartime Gibraltar and life on board a warship at sea, the early life of poet Charles Causley is brought vividly to life with richly detailed prose and populated by superbly realised characters. Recommended by Martin Shannon, Dubray Rathmines.
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
Dubray Staff Recommended Read......When Leah returns from a deep-sea mission that ended in a mysterious disaster, she isn’t the same as when she left. Something happened to her and the other crew members deep in the dark corners of the ocean, something that followed her back to land. Hauntingly lyrical and beautifully heart-breaking, Armfield’s debut novel is a powerful and tender reworking of the changeling myth; one that will have you racing to the next page while never wanting it to end. Recommended by Eoin Mulligan, Dubray Rathmines.
Dubray Staff Recommended Read......Legends come to life in this stunning novel inspired by the myth of the moon goddess, Chang'e. Xingyin would do anything to free her mother from the exile placed upon her by capricious royals, but she could never have predicted the path she finds herself on in her attempt to do so. This is a story og filial devotion, perseverance, and love. Tan's lyrical writing will transport you to the world of magic and immortals. You'll never want to leave. by Gabriela Pop, Dubray Dun Laoghaire. A captivating debut fantasy inspired by the legend of the Chinese moon goddess. A young woman's quest to free her mother pits her against the most powerful immortal in the realm, setting her on a dangerous path where those she loves are not the only ones at risk...
The envelope is unremarkable. But for the nine complete strangers who receive it - each of them recognising just one name, their own, on the enclosed list - it will be the most life altering letter they ever receive.