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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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Hamnet: WINNER OF THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2020

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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 €12.15

Grown Ups: The Sunday Times No 1 Bestseller 2020

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€12.00 €12.15

Snowflake (Exclusive sprayed edge edition)

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EXCLUSIVE sprayed edge edition. A remarkable, humourous and heart-breaking novel about growing up and leaving home, only to find you've taken it with you. A novel for a generation, and for everyone who's taken those first, terrifying steps towards adulthood.
€14.99 €17.55

What White People Can Do Next: From Allyship to Coalition

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An incisive and deeply practical essay from the acclaimed author of Don't Touch My Hair.
€9.99 €10.80

The Education of an Idealist

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'Her highly personal and reflective memoir ... is a must-read for anyone who cares about our role in a changing world' Barack Obama THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR AN ECONOMIST BOOK OF THE YEAR A TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT BOOK OF THE YEAR
€14.00 €14.85

The End of the World is a Cul de Sac

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€14.99 €17.55

Snowflake (Signed hardback special edition)

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Signed Hardback Edition with Exclusive Bonus Content - a short story, 'The Possibility of Snow'. FREE collector's Tote bag with all pre-orders (while stocks last). For everyone who's taken those first, terrifying steps towards adulthood.
€14.99 €17.55

A Ghost in the Throat

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Winner of the An Post Irish Book Awards Non-Fiction Book of the Year... A Dubray Staff Recommended Read... A fluid hybrid of essay and autofiction to explore the ways in which a life can be changed in response to the discovery of another's - in this case, Eibhli n Dubh Ni Chonaill's Caoineadh Airt Ui Laoghaire, famously referred to by Peter Levi as `the greatest poem written in either Ireland or Britain during the eighteenth century.'
€16.00

NORA: A love story of Nora Barnacle and James Joyce

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A tour de force, an earthy and authentic love letter to Irish literature’s greatest muse.
€16.95

The Weight of Love

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Theirs is a marriage haunted by the ghost of Joseph and as the distance between them grows, Robin makes a choice that could have potentially devastating consequences. The Weight of Love is a beautiful exploration of how we manage life when the notes and beats of our existence, so carefully arranged, begin to slip off the stave.
€10.99 €12.15

Normal People

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When they both earn places at Trinity College in Dublin, a connection that has grown between them lasts long into the following years. 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.
€12.15

Acts of Desperation

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Love was the final consolation, would set ablaze the fields of my life in one go, leaving nothing behind. To make a beautiful man love and live with me had seemed-obviously, intuitively-the entire point of life. How could it be true that a woman like me could need a man's love to feel like a person, to feel that I was worthy of life?
€15.99 €18.95

You Have to Make Your Own Fun Around Here: Longlisted for the Authors' Club Best First Novel Award

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A captivating, dark portrayal of friendship for fans of My Brilliant Friend
€12.15

Dublin's Girl

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Inspired by real life events, a young woman falls for the British officer she has been ordered to betray during the Irish War of Independence.
€15.99 €17.55

Nothing But Blue Sky

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€12.15

No One Can Change Your Life Except For You

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Frank, heartfelt, inspirational and funny, this is a book to remind you that the hero you are looking for is YOU.
€15.99 €20.25

The Hungry Road

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The No.1 bestselling novel of the Great Irish Famine from one of Ireland's most beloved writers Ireland's hopes for freedom are dashed with the arrival of a deadly potato blight that strikes terror in the heart of its people. 1845.
€12.15

Thin Places

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A breathtaking mix of memoir, nature writing and history: this is Kerri ní Dochartaigh’s story of a wild Ireland, an invisible border, an old conflict and the healing power of the natural world.
€15.99 €20.25

When All Is Said

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Five toasts. Five people. One lifetime.
€12.15