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Read Irish Women

The Read Irish Women Challenge was born in 2019, the creation of our colleague Karina Clifford. It takes the form of a series of prompts (one for each day in April); each prompt asks you to respond with the title of a book by an Irish woman. It has proven hugely popular on social media, with readers of all ages and in many countries joining in to share their favourites. Here are some of our favourite new books by Irish women.

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Idol

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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.
€13.99 €19.15

The Deadwood Encore

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The Deadwood Encore is a vivid portrait of a close-knit family, and a small-town Irish community bound together by tradition and superstition. But above all it is a story about belief – in the unknowable, the intangible, and in the self
€18.99 €20.95

NORA: A Love Story of Nora Barnacle and James Joyce

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When Nora Barnacle, a twenty-year-old from Galway working as a maid at Finn's Hotel, meets young James Joyce on a summer's day in Dublin, she is instantly attracted to him, natural and daring in his company. But she cannot yet imagine the extraordinary life they will share together. All Nora knows is she likes her Jim enough to leave behind family and home, in search of a bigger, more exciting life.
€13.95

What Eden Did Next

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Eden's ready for a new start, putting tragedy behind her. But others have different ideas of what's best for her . . . The heart-breaking, life-affirming and unforgettable new novel from the author of THE WOMEN WHO RAN AWAY
€16.99 €20.95

Normal People

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This is an exquisite love story about how a person can change another person's life - a simple yet profound realisation that unfolds beautifully over the course of the novel. Normal People is a story of mutual fascination, friendship and love. It takes us from that first conversation to the years beyond, in the company of two people who try to stay apart but find they can't.
€12.00 €12.55

Seven Steeples

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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.
€15.00

Again, Rachel

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Twenty-five years after the iconic, 1.5 million-copy bestseller Rachel's Holiday burst into our lives, Rachel's BACK!
€14.99 €20.25

Bessborough: Three Women, Three Decades, Three Stories Of Courage

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An astonishing and moving account of the untold stories of Irish women and their decades-long search for justice
€15.99 €20.25

Rachel's Holiday

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Rachel Walsh has a pair of size 8 feet and such a fondness for recreational drugs that her family has forked out the cash for a spell in Cloisters - Dublin's answer to the Betty Ford Clinic. She's only agreed to her incarceration because she's heard that rehab is wall-to-wall jacuzzis, and it's about time she had a holiday.
€12.00 €12.55

Boys Don't Cry

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They say boys don't cry. But Finn's seen his Da do it when he thinks no one's looking, so that's not true. And isn't it OK to be sad, when bad things happen?
€12.00 €12.55

The Interview

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A girl covered in blood. A missing man. A coded fairy tale.
€14.99 €19.55

Hamnet

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WINNER OF THE 2020 WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION The Sunday Times and New York Times Bestseller Winner of the Books Are My Bag Reader's Choice Award Shortlisted, An Post Novel of the Year
€12.00 €12.55

56 Days

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A brilliantly claustrophobic and twisty thriller from the critically acclaimed author of the No. 1 bestseller The Nothing Man.
€12.00 €12.55

The Glorious Guinness Girls

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From Ireland to 1920s London, a glorious, gripping, moving and richly textured novel which takes us to the heart of the remarkable real-life story of the Guinness Girls.
€11.00 €11.15

The Perfect Lie

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The internationally bestselling author of The Confession returns with a stunning new thriller that will keep you guessing right till the end
€9.99 €11.15

Snowflake

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Startling, fresh and utterly unique, Snowflake is a story of messy families, messier friendships and how new chapters often mean starting right back at the beginning.
€12.00 €12.55

A Ghost in the Throat

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A true original. In this stunningly unusual prose debut, Doireann Ni Ghriofa sculpts essay and autofiction to explore inner life and the deep connection felt between two writers centuries apart.
€11.00

Rememberings

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THE LANDMARK MEMOIR OF A GLOBAL MUSIC ICON. Rememberings is intimate, replete with candid anecdotes and full of hard-won insights. It is a unique and remarkable chronicle by a unique and remarkable artist.
€13.50 €13.95

Holding Her Breath

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Holding Her Breath is a razor-sharp, moving and seriously entertaining novel about complicated love stories, ambition and grief - and a young woman coming fully into her powers.
€12.00 €12.55

My Fourth Time, We Drowned: Seeking Refuge on the World's Deadliest Migration Route

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The Western world has turned its back on refugees, fuelling one of the most devastating human rights disasters in history. 'The most important work of contemporary reporting I have ever read' SALLY ROONEY '
€16.99 €20.95