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    You Took The Last Bus Home: The Poems of Brian Bilston

    Brian Bilston
    The first and long-awaited collection of hilarious and surprisingly touching poems from Brian Bilston, the mysterious ‘Poet Laureate of Twitter’.
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    The Ha'penny Bridge, Dublin

    Michael English
    A lavishly-illustrated book, the fourth in Dublin City Council’s series on engineering history and heritage, has been produced to mark the bi-centenary of the Ha'penny bridge, opened in 1816, the first dedicated footbridge over the river Liffey and the first iron bridge in Ireland.
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    Sway

    Peter Sirr
    Comprises poems from the troubadour tradition and a number of Peter Sirr's responses to them. With their source in southern France almost nine centuries ago, and in teh language called Old Occitan, this confluence of word and music helped pave the way for European poetry as we know it.
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    Marx's 'Capital' - Sixth Edition

    Ben Fine and Alfredo Saad-Filho
    This expert guide is the classic companion to Karl Marx’s most well-known work, Capital. In print now for over a quarter of a century, and translated into many languages, this new edition has been fully revised and updated, making it an ideal modern introduction to one of the most important texts in political and economic thought today.
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    Grave Matters

    Lisa Marie Griffith and Ciarán Wallace (eds)
    An examination of the universal subject of death – looking at the particular experience of death, burial and commemoration in Dublin since the sixteenth century. Using death as a way of understanding social conditions, contributions consider the role of the public funeral in establishing political hierarchies, the fate of the city’s Catholics during the era of the penal laws and the survival of the death penalty to 1990.
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    Four Sides Full

    Vona Groarke

    A personal essay by Vona Groarke, one of Ireland’s leading poets. Her seven collections to date have all displayed a fascination with the visual arts but Four Sides Full takes a different approach. In considering frames and what they bring to an artwork it reflects on themes of containment and exclusion, and how a life can flit between.

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    Above the Waterfall

    Ron Rash
    The story of Sheriff Les Clary. A man on the verge of retirement, he is plunged into deep and dangerous waters by one final case. A case that will draw him to the lyrical beauty of his surroundings and, in doing so, force him to come to terms with his own past.
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    The Sellout

    Paul Beatty
    Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2016, The Sellout is Paul Beatty's biting satire about a young man's isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court.
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    The Abode of Fancy

    Sam Coll

    The Abode of Fancy, debut novel of Irish writer Sam Coll, fuses reality and fantasy in an extraordinary narrative. In modern-day Dublin, Simeon, a melancholy student, is tormented by unrequited love, jealousy and loneliness. He seeks solace in the company of his father’s friends, a disparate group of world-weary alcoholics, and through them glimpses a grim picture of his own probable future life.

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    Geomantic

    Paula Meehan
    Comprising eighty-one poems of nine 9-syllable lines, Paula Meehan’s extraordinary new collection is both a controlled experiment with the challenge of form and, at once, a free-form meditation on the nature of memory, community, love and poetry itself.
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    Loose Canon: The Extraordinary Songs of Clive James and Pete Atkin

    Ian Shircore
    For the last 50 years, Clive James has been writing songs with his musical partner, Pete Atkin. This book explores the lyrics and tunes that have won them a fanatical cult following though they still manage to remain the British music industry’s best-kept secret.
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    I Read the News Today, Oh Boy

    Paul Howard
    Author Paul Howard has pieced together the extraordinary story of a young Irishman who epitomized the spirit of the times: one of Swinging London's most popular faces, he lived fast, died young and was immortalized for ever in the opening lines of 'A Day in the Life', a song that many critics still regard as The Beatles' finest. But who was John Lennon's lucky man who made the grade and then blew his mind out in a car?
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    Hell at the Gates

    John Lee and Daniel McConnell
    Brian Cowen, the late Brian Lenihan, Eamon Ryan, Micheál Martin, Mary Harney and many others, recount for the first time in their own words the inside story behind the actions of the most hated government in living memory when it infamously agreed to a bailout from the Troika to save Ireland’s failing economy.
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    Final Solution

    David Cesarani

    David Cesarani's sweeping reappraisal challenges accepted explanations for the anti-Jewish politics of Nazi Germany and the inevitability of the 'Final Solution', including that the persecution of the Jews was not always the Nazis' central preoccupation, nor was it an inevitable process.

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    Keeping On Keeping On

    Alan Bennett
    Alan Bennett's third collection of prose follows in the footsteps of the very successful Writing Home and Untold Stories, each published ten years apart. This latest collection contains Bennett's diaries 2005 to 2015.
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    When Ideas Matter

    Michael D. Higgins

    A collection of remarkable and urgent speeches by Michael D. Higgins since becoming President of Ireland in 2011, setting out a vision of what he calls 'an ethical Republic'., urging his fellow citizens to consider what makes the good life.

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    Summer Rain

    Noel Duffy
    Noel Duffy’s third poetry collection follows on from his earlier work, examining how the ideas of science and the experience of living collide and elaborate when viewed through a shared prism.
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    Dublin: The Story of a City

    Stephen Conlin and Peter Harbison
    In detailed illustrations and words, Stephen Conlin and Peter Harbison bring alive the story of Dublin – its architecture and streetscapes, its government and its people – from Viking times to the present day.
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    All We Shall Know

    Donal Ryan
    Melody Shee is alone and in trouble. Her husband doesn't take her news too well. She doesn't want to tell her father yet because he’s a good man and this could break him. She’s trying to stay in the moment, but the future is looming – larger by the day – while the past won’t let her go. Donal Ryan’s latest novel is described as vivid, moving and redemptive.


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    Holidays in the Danger Zone

    Debbie Lisle

    A uniquely historical look at how war turns soldiers, and all of us, into tourists, exposing the mundane and everyday entanglements between warfare and tourism.

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