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The Ghost Factory

A powerful debut set in Belfast and London in the latter years of the twentieth century. The Troubles turned Northern Ireland into a ghost factory: as the manufacturing industry withered, the death business boomed. In trying to come to terms with his father's sudden death, and the attack on his harmless best friend Titch, Jacky is forced to face the bullies who still menace a city scarred by conflict. After he himself is attacked, he flees to London to build a new life. But even in the midst of a burgeoning love affair he hears the ghosts of his past echoing, pulling him back to Belfast, crying out for retribution and justice. Written with verve and flair, and spiked with humour, The Ghost Factory marks the arrival of an auspicious new talent.
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Ali Jones is hell-bent on achieving her #lifegoals: 10,000+ Instagram followers and a win at the upcoming Glossie Awards. So when she inadvertently leads people to believe she's pregnant and immediately gains thousands of new followers, she quickly realises that riding the ‘Mummy Influencer’ wave could be her ticket to Insta-success. But then Tinder Sam, Ali’s one-night stand, resurfaces, determined to take his new role as baby daddy seriously… Elsewhere on Insta, Ireland’s biggest influencer (and Ali’s idol) Shelly Devine has it all - at least on screen. But beneath the immaculately curated feed, Shelly harbours a secret from her followers0 - and her husband - but who will be the first to discover what she’s been hiding? As Ali’s lies spiral out of control, and Shelly starts to take a hard look at her life choices, what will it take for them to realise what’s truly important before they lose what matters most?
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Shift

Prowling the streets, bedrooms, parks and schoolyards of a grubby uncertain city, where madness lurks just under the skin, men, women and those in-between enter an unsettling dance of encounters.There's Maisie, perfect on the inside and out, a right Primcess™ – but what's it going to take to get a hard-copy invitation to her party? There's the angry-deep-inside man, who gets more than he bargained for when he drinks too much at a party, insulting a mysterious guest. There's those three lads, up from the sticks to study marketing in Belfield, who can't help listening to the noises in their creaky Georgian house: a slamming door, a washing machine and geisha Susie downstairs, playing 'Nights in White Satin' to her snake. And the nixer driving a removals van with Christo, who likes dressing up on days he isn't feeling too good.Time passes. Roads get built, cars get faster, bubbles bust. But some things endure. The bitter violence of betrayal. Love, in all...
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The Past

On June 1st, 1914, Una O’Shaughnessy sends a postcard home from a Cornish seaside town. Back in two weeks, she promises. But seven months later, she still has not returned to Ireland, and she sends another postcard, this one signed Una, , MichaelRene (!).The Past is the story of Rene, this unexpected child, as told by her own child as he searches for the truth about his parents’ mysterious and romantic history. Through the reminiscences of his mother's friend, the pieces of the past begin to fit together into a delicate mosaic of the truth. What really happened in that seaside town? Why does the past seem to hold so many secrets? Set over twenty-five years, travelling from Cornwall to Dublin and the Irish Provinces, The Past is a beautiful novel of love and longing, created by one of the preeminent artists of our time.
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Foggage

Kevin Hurley and his earthy twin sister Maureen - who share a remote Irish farmhouse with their bedridden, aged father -have been secret but unashamed lovers for thirty years, ever since their mother's agonizing death from cancer. But now, at 40, Maureen is pregnant, refusing either to go away or to have an abortion. So, to prevent the neighbors from drawing scandalous conclusions, Kevin must find Maureen a partner.
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Rhino What You Did Last Summer

Fame. Fortune. Screaming girls. The adoration of strangers. I've had it all before, yet nothing could have prepared this Horny Little Devil for his new life in the City of Angels. Sacked as the coach of the Andorra rugby team and on the run from the sister I never knew I had, I decided to head west, vowing to win back my wife and daughter from a risk assessor predicting economic doom for the world. Imagine my shock when I discovered that my old dear, on a nationwide book tour, was already busy charming America out of its collective elasticated pants.With Trevion, a 1991 Gulf War-veteran-turned-celebrity-Svengali, on my side, not to mention my brand new bromance with a gym instructor called Harvey, I was determined to become more famous than even her. But one nose job and one abdominal resculpt later, I no longer knew where reality ended and reality TV began ...
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December Ultimatum

Veteran reporter Matt Franklin liked the thought of a trip to a warm climate in early December – he could escape the northern winter, reassess his marriage, and get the big story that would restore his byline to the front page of The New York Times. But it wouldn't have seemed such an attractive idea if he'd known he was to be drawn back into active service for the CIA and caught in the middle of a revolution. Set in the Middle East, the United States of America and the rough snowbound terrain of England's Lake District, Michael Nicholson's powerful new novel takes place over just four days. But they are four dangerous days in which the balance of world power wavers unsteadily as opposing factions battle for control of Riyadh and Saudi Arabia's oilwells, Whitehall wonders what to do, and an abrasive new US President strives to retain control over the oil his country depends on. Meanwhile, Franklin finds himself on the dangerous trail of a notorious...
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The Companion

Lorcan Roche is a fresh and vivid voice in new Irish fiction. I love the energy of his writing and its passionate engagement with the world. He is a gifted and clever storyteller.' - Joseph O'Connor ' ...brilliantly achieved...Roche handles his materials well, never losing control over his narrative, keeping his reader's attention throughout.' - Derek Hand, The Irish Times ' Essential reading for our times. Get a drink of something strong, grab a Velvet Underground album (preferably on vinyl), play it high, read aloud.' - Tom Galvin, The Evening Herald ' a terrifically accomplished first novel which never flags...manages to keep the reader continually off balance.' - Hugh Bonar, The Irish Mail on Sunday ' masterfully written, and truly wickedly funny.' - Joe Jackson, Sunday Independent ' psychologically complex, beautifully written, a splendid read. Buy it, read it and enjoy it.' - Derek Davis, Today, RTE ' a highly original debut novel ' - Rowena Martin, The Irish Independent...
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As I Rode by Granard Moat

Rescued from memory by Ireland's leading short-story writer and raconteur, this anthology weaves a rich tapestry of songs, ballads and poetry reaching across three centuries and drawn from the lanes and highways of thirty-two counties. Contents include poetry by W.B.Yeats, A.E., F.R.Higgins, Louis MacNeice, Patrick Kavanagh, Francis Ledwidge and Oliver St John Gogarty; and songs of love, rebellion and in praise of nature including 'The Yellow Bittern', 'The Bold Fenian Men', 'Ringletted Youth of my Love', 'Galway Races' and 'My Love is Like the Sun'. 'Kiely is a great storyteller, a very gifted novelist, an extraordinary writer of short stories, and a very good broadcaster. He is a writer whose work has been consistent and abundant; ... the best writer about places around Ireland that I have read' - Brendan Kennelly 'There could not possibly be a better companion on a walk around Ireland than Ben Kiely.' - In Time's Eye, The Irish Times
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The Red Men

Patrick McGinley's sixth novel, true to his distinctive style, is set in the austere and haunting landscape and shoreline of the author's native county, Donegal, Ireland. Love and death appear as the inescapable enigmas of being in the world. The Red Men is rich in vocabulary, in the particularities of daily life, and in various surprising areas of arcane lore.
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Darling Sweetheart

From the author of "The Monkey Man" and "The Christmas Club" comes this witty and satirical novel set in the glamourous world of film-making. Twenty four year-old actress Annalise Palatine is getting her big break, in a Hollywood blockbuster opposite international film star Harry Emerson. However, it immediately becomes apparent that Emerson wants more from her than just her screen presence; the director is a lecherous Swede and, worst of all, she can't get under the skin of her part. Manipulated by forces she hasn't reckoned with, a shocking development in her private life adds to the pressure; more and more, she retreats into her unhappy past, plagued by haunting childhood memories and feelings for her dead father. But sometimes the ghosts from the past can take on very strange forms indeed.
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After the Lockout

An ambitious and compelling first novel about a key moment in Irish history. November 1917. With tensions in Ireland, war in Europe and revolution in Russia, Victor Lennon returns to his home village after a long exile. Radicalised by his experiences in the Dublin Lockout and Easter Rising, Victor is a hero to many but a danger to some. Those closest to Victor know his true nature: his father, Pius, now drinking himself to death; his oldest friend, Charlie, wounded in the trenches; and the love of his life, Maggie, who he left behind years before. But soon Victor and the fearsome parish priest, Stanislaus Benedict, are on a collision course, with the very souls of the people caught between religion and socialism. Told from the perspectives of these two equally strong-willed characters, After the Lockout is a first novel of tremendous ambition and achievement. At its heart is a conflict emblematic of a recurring faultline in Irish history, and of one more eternal and universal: between hope and experience; between ideals and human weakness.Review'A wonderful novel about what history has done to Ireland, and what Ireland has done to history. The triumph is that it is not only deeply intelligent and self-aware, but also entertaining from the first page to the last.' Hilary Mantel 'With this one novel Darran McCann succeeds where many writers over an entire career fail, laying claim to a terrain entirely his own. Spread the word, Darran McCann has arrived.' Glenn Patterson "Darran McCann drags Irish history out of the door by the hair. For the first time we see the Catholic church being taken on, not with a rear-view smugness but where it matters in an Ireland where power is changing hands. This is a compelling story of a people attempting to liberate themselves from authority." Hugo Hamilton 'After The Lockout is a wholly original, vigorous and insightful piece of writing. It recreates an era and its exigencies with robustness and aplomb' Patricia Craig, TLS 'That's probably the most important virtue of After the Lockout : it has an enemy in its sights and it goes for that enemy, though without becoming shrill or impugning the humanity of the clerical characters. Not enough first books have attitude, but this one definitely does, and that's rather wonderful.' Irish Times 'After The Lockout is a good read' Sunday Business Post About the AuthorDarran McCann was born in Co. Armagh in 1979. He graduated from Trinity College Dublin and Dublin City University before becoming a journalist with Belfast's Irish News. He went on to write, teach and study at Queen's University Belfast. His play, Confession, was produced at the Brian Friel Theatre in Belfast in 2008. He lives in Ireland with his family.
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Seedless in Seattle

Like the great Jesus Christ himself, I had a lot of shit on my mind when I hit 33 ...I had three new-born future Ireland internationals to feed, a daughter in need of psychiatric evaluation and a teenage son obsessed with uncovering the shameful secrets of our family's 1916 past.Throw into the mix a sister missing in Orgentina, a wife struggling to lose the weight from her orse and an interfering father-in-law living under my roof.You can see why, like the Son of God, my life had become a major hassle.And just when I thought it couldn't get any more difficult, a moment of madness involving - what else? - the opposite sex persuaded Sorcha that I needed to have the unkindest cut of all.Seedless in Seattle is the fifteenth novel in Paul Howard's 'Ross O'Carroll-Kelly' series. Ross books - annual No 1 best-sellers - have sold over half a million copies, are annually nominated for the Popular Fiction prize at the Irish Book Awards...
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A Mad and Wonderful Thing

'You wouldn't get involved, Johnny, would you? What about those terrible bombs? You wouldn't do a bad thing, would you?'In this passionate and heart-wrenching debut novel by Irish writer Mark Mulholland, we meet Johnny Donnelly — an intense young man who is in love with books, with his country, and with the beautiful Cora Flannery. But in his dark and secret other life he shoots British soldiers: he is an IRA sniper.How can this be? As his two worlds inevitably move towards a dramatic collision, Johnny takes us on a journey through the history, legends, and landscapes of his beloved Ireland. In the end, Johnny has to make sense of his inheritance and his life, and he does so in a riveting, redemptive, and unforgettable climax.Told in Johnny's unique voice, and peopled by a cast of extraordinary characters, A Mad and Wonderful Thing tells its tale lightly, but pulls a heavy load. It takes us beyond the charming, familiar, and often funny experiences...
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