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    What W. H. Auden Can Do For You

    Alexander McCall Smith
    Edward Mendelson, author of Early Auden and Later Auden, comments that "Alexander McCall Smith's voice in this splendid book is instantly recognisable as the calm, sympathetic, psychologically shrewd, and morally generous one that narrates his novels. This is not only a convincing account of W. H. Auden's poetry and life. It is also a self-portrait of McCall Smith himself and a testimony to the wisdom and courage he has found in Auden's poems."
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    Locked Out

    David Convery (ed)
    This new book, written to commemorate the centenary of the 1913 Dublin Lockout and to advance Irish labour history in new and innovative ways, offers fresh perspectives from a new generation of Irish historians. It looks at the NSPCC and the industrial school system, the Dublin Lockout of 1913 itself, discussions of class, status and gender among Cork textile workers and the imfamous 'Animal Gang' of 1930s tenement Dublin, to name but a few topics.
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    The Tragedy of Liberation

    Frank Dikötter
    In 1949 Mao Zedong hoisted the red flag over Beijing's Forbidden City, and the communist 'liberators' began replacing the old order with a repressive system that would dominate every aspect of Chinese life. In an epic of revolution and violence which draws on newly opened party archives, interviews and memoirs, Dikötter interweaves the stories of millions of ordinary people with the brutal politics of Mao's court.
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    Angela Merkel

    Stefan Kornelius
    The authorised biography of one of the world's most important political figures, written by the foreign editor of the Süddeutsche Zeitung.
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    Collected Poems of Micheal O'Siadhail

    Micheal O'Siadhail
    Anne Stevenson describes O'Siadhail's poetry as having 'a controlled sensuousness of language... it comes as near as poetry can, without being confessional, to conveying the overtones and textures of actual experience.' The Collected Poems draws on thirteen collections, and includes a CD of  O'Siadhail reading a selection of poems.
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    Frank McGuinness
    Playwright Frank McGuinness's first novel is set in Ireland in the nineteen forties. An Italian painter comes to work in remote Donegal. Nothing and no-one is the same afterwards, all is changed forever by what he sees, by what he hears. It is a novel of many voices, of strong humour and great feeling. Declan Kiberd calls it 'a work of passion and truth, in which imaginative daring is matched by deep psychological insight.'
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    Has Marriage for Love Failed?

    Pascal Bruckner
    Pascal Bruckner's provocative social study considers why, in an age of marrying for love, modern wedlock is failing so spectacularly.
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    Why America Needs a Left

    Eli Zaretsky
    Eli Zaretsky's argument for the relevance of the left in today's United States suggests that, contrary to popular narrative, leftist involvement during key moments in US national history - the Civil War, the New Deal, the range of New Left movements of the 1960s - was crucial to the development of American democracy.
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    Valley of the Peacock Angel

    Martin Malone
    In a new novel from Kildare-based writer Martin Malone, a young Kurdish shepherd witnesses the slaughter of his family, and most of the inhabitants of his town. He hears the shells falling and sees what seemed a straightforward attack become even more horrific as it emerges the assailants are using chemical weapons.
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    Donegal in Transition

    Séan Beattie
    Séan Beattie explores the effects of the Congested Districts Board on the economic, political and cultural life of Donegal in the late nineteenth century. The CDB was attempting to break the cycle of poverty in a county affected by the bitter legacy of the land war and a series of poor harvests
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    Sigmund Freud, Anna Freud, Correspondence 1904-1938

    Ingeborg Meyer Palmedo (ed)
    A compelling documentation of a special father daughter relationship, one with interesting ramifications which offers an insight into the lives and  world of  the two major figures in psychoanalysis.
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    Big Gods

    Ara Norenzayan
    Does God make us good? Big Gods argues that some gods were more effective than others in promoting trust and cooperation between strangers.According to one commentator this book brings faith closer to where Darwin thought it belonged, to the sphere of social life.
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    Partitioned Lives: The Irish Borderlands

    Nash, Reid and Graham
    The author explores everyday life and senses of identity and belonging along the contested Irish border whose official function and local impacts have shifted over the decades.
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    The Luminaries

    Elanor Catton
    According to the Guardian this new novel from Elanor Catton is astonishing, having the glitter and mystery of the true literary original.
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    No Joke, Making Jewish Humour

    Ruth R Wisse
    Cynthia Ozick says this book is an electrifying undressing of Jewish humour that takes it far beyond Freud's more inhibiting perceptions and into the naked precincts of tragic insight.
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    Ireland Through European Eyes

    O'Driscoll, Keogh and aan de Wiel (eds)
    A fascinating collection of essays which discusses the perceptions of Ireland held by European  Governments and peoples over the period 1945-73.The contributors draw on a wide range of letters and papers from across Europe in illuminating this interesting area.
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    Free City

    Joao Almino, Rhett McNeil (trans)
    Free City is master storyteller Joao Almino's third novel to focus on the city of Brasília, the social swirl of its early years, when contractors, corporate profiteers, idealists, politicians, mystical sects, and even celebrities - including Elizabeth Bishop, Aldous Huxley, Fidel Castro, Andre Malraux, and John Dos Passos - mingled. Taking the form of a blog, the novel incorporates comments from other bloggers, each with his own vested interest, and each with reasons for spinning fictions of his own.
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    Making Capitalism Fit for Society

    Colin Crouch
    Colin Crouch's new book is a constructive critique of the dominant international economic model, suggesting workable capitalist alternatives and outlining the principles for a renewed and more assertive social democracy.
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    A Short Poetic Anthology

    Luis Benitez, Beatriz Olga Allocati (trans)
    Neil Leadbeater comments: "As with all great writers (Luis Benitez's) themes are universal. The way in which he chooses to convey these themes is masterful. Each poem has a conciseness about it, an ease which can be deceptive at first reading, because it belies the weight of the subject matter beneath the surface.
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    The Triumph of Religion

    Jacques Lacan, Bruce Fink (trans)
    In two papers derived from Jacques Lacan's oral work on the subjects of Christian spirituality and psychoanalysis, this book presents his contentions with Freud's belief that religion was an illusion that science would eventually shatter. On the contrary, as Jacques-Alain Miller notes, Lacan thought "that the true religion, Roman Catholicism, would take in everyone in the end, pouring bucketsful of meaning over the ever more insistent and unbearable real that we, in our times, owe to science."
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