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Three of Paul O'Brien's brilliant series on the battles of 1916. Shootout: The Battle For St Stephen's Green, 1916, Crossfire: The Battle of the Four Courts, 1916 and Field Of Fire: The Battle of Ashbourne, 1916. Collectively worth over €35.00, get this bundle for only €20.00.
A critical evaluation of the changes the Irish constitution needs to bring radical reform to Ireland. Embracing a wide range of views, Foundation Stone: Notes towards a Constitution for a 21st-Century Republic, is a shot across the bows of the ongoing constitution convention. It rejects the cosy and complacent notion that all our constitution needs is a small bit of tweaking and proposes bold and radical action.
If you are looking for happy, positive or uplifting stories then this might not be the book for you. If on the other hand, tales of human tragedy, hanging, rioting, misery, mayhem, man-eating Kerry eagles, rat-eating Belfast gamblers and Ardee transvestites are the things that fascinate you, come right on in.
Sarah Maria Griffin.|
Not Lost is a book about growing up, about friendship, about love, about life and living it well. It is by turns heartbreaking, funny, tender and gutsy, it is assured but never cocky and marks Sarah Maria Griffin as one of the major voices of her generation.
Christine Dwyer Hickey.|
A child wandering alone through a racecourse; an elderly lady grasping at a thread of memory; a young girl watching prostitutes from her window as they ply their trade; an Indian taxi driver living in his cab: these are some of the fractured lives and fragile hearts we meet in The House on Parkgate Street and Other Dublin Stories.
In Witches, Spies and Stockholm Syndrome, Finbar Dwyer offers a unique portrait of life as it was lived in medieval Ireland. Against the backdrop of what was often a violent and chaotic period of history, Dwyer explores the personal stories of those whose recollections have been preserved, finding in them continual relevance and human interest.
In December 2012, New Island and RTÉ Radio One’s ARENA launched the first on-air creative writing course. The course took place on the first week of each month until June 2013. Writer and creative writing teacher Dave Lordan led the course, each month offering a new writing prompt to listeners who would submit material based using that prompt as inspiration. This book contains the best of those submissions. To accompany them, ARENA has specially commissioned pieces by a host of emerging Irish writing talent producing a completely novel and enjoyable anthology that presents the best of up and coming Irish writing talent.
'Bodies can tell you a lot. There can be an eloquence about the dead. But you have to be able to interpret what they are telling you….' When a Dublin Pawnbroker is found murdered and the lead suspect goes missing, Sergeant Joe Swallow is handed the poisoned chalice of the investigation. With authorities pressing for a quick resolution, the public living in fear of attack and the newspapers happy to point to the police’s every mistake, Swallow must use every trick in his arsenal to crack the case.