The Fire Starters, Jan Carson (Paperback, March 2020)

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**WINNER of the EU Prize for Literature**'One of the most exciting and original Northern Irish writers of her generation' SUNDAY TIMES'

At once grittily real, wildly magical and insanely alluring - a siren-song of a novel (Donal Ryan)

Dr Jonathan Murray fears his new-born daughter is not as harmless as she seems. Sammy Agnew is wrestling with his dark past, and fears the violence in his blood lurks in his son, too.

The city is in flames and the authorities are losing control. As matters fall into frenzy, and as the lines between fantasy and truth, right and wrong, begin to blur, who will these two fathers choose to protect?Dark, propulsive and thrillingly original, this tale of fierce familial love and sacrifice fizzes with magic and wonder.

Jan Carson's distinctive voice brings Belfast alive in this original novel, I thoroughly enjoyed it. - Linda 

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Big Girl Small Town, by Michelle Gallen ( hardback, Feb 2020)

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Already shortlisted for a Women Comedy writing award, this has been described as Derry Girls meets Milkman. The unique blend of comedy and tragedy, with Michelle Gallen's 'Majella', is outrageous and honest.

 

Update Dec 2020: this book is currently out of stock as hardback, paperback due in Feb 2021 and so it may not reappear in hardback! 

 

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Fairies Don’t Exist, by Michael O’Neill & Stephen Pierce

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This is a funny, delightful story about a long suffering Dad trying to sort his daughter out and get her to sleep ( so he can have some peace).

Super illustrations, and enough narrative to entertain the 3 - 5 year olds. 

A great book. Locally produced! 

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Thirteen, by Steve Cavanagh

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This is the fourth book from Belfast based writer Steve Cavanagh, and it has pushed him up to the forefront of best contemporary crime writers across the globe. His own career as a barrister means that we get an insightful twisty and satisfying page turner. You’ll love it. 

To your knowledge, is there anything that would preclude you from serving on this jury? 'Murder wasn't the hard part. It was just the start of the game. Joshua Kane has been preparing for this moment his whole life.
He's done it before. But this is the big one. This is the murder trial of the century.
And Kane has killed to get the best seat in the house. But there's someone on his tail. Someone who suspects that the killer isn't the man on trial.
Kane knows time is running out - he just needs to get to the conviction without being discovered. 

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Milkman, by Anna Burns (paperback)

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The Booker prize winning book of 2018, now available as paperback. 

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The Watch House by Bernie McGill

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One of our bestselling novels this year. Local writer Bernie McGill has written about Rathlin Island at the end of the nineteenth century- imagining a love story between a temporary visitors and a local girl. Vividly imagined and with a page turning suspense. A great read. 

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Being Various, edited by Lucy Caldwell (paperback May 2019)

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Anthology of new writing from Ireland 

Featuring brand new short stories from Kevin Barry, Eimear McBride, Belinda McKeon, Lisa McInerney, Danielle McLaughlin, Stuart Neville, Sally Rooney, Kit de Waal and many more. Ireland is going through a golden age of writing: that has never been more apparent. 

Following her own acclaimed short-story collection, Multitudes, Lucy Caldwell guest-edits the sixth volume of Faber's long-running series of all new Irish short stories, continuing the work of the late David Marcus and subsequent guest editors, Joseph O'Connor, Kevin Barry and Deirdre Madden.

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This Happy, by Niamh Campbell ( hardback, June 2020)

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I have taken apart every panel of this, like an ornamental fan. But we stayed in the cottage for three weeks only, just three weeks, because it was cut short you see - cut short after just three weeks, when I'd left my entire life behind. When Alannah was twenty-three, she met a man who was older than her - a married man - and fell in love.

Things happened suddenly. They met in April, in the first bit of mild weather; and in August, they went to stay in rural Ireland, overseen by the cottage's landlady. Six years later, when Alannah is newly married to another man, she sees the landlady from afar.

Memories of those days spent in bliss, then torture, return to her. And the realisation that she has been waiting - all this time - to be rediscovered.
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Don’t worry Little Crab, by Chris Haughton (paperback 2020)

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From the creator of A Bit Lost, Oh No, George!, Shh! We Have a Plan and Goodnight Everyone, comes a book about taking the time you need to overcome your fears. In the rockpool above the sea, live two crabs: Big Crab and Little Crab. Today, they're going for a dip in the sea.

"This is going to be so great!" says Little Crab. But then Little Crab catches a first glimpse of the water... Oh.

The waves! They're ENORMOUS. "Oh..." Will Little Crab be brave enough to go in?From the multi award-winning picture book maker of A Bit Lost, Oh No, George! and Shh! We Have a Plan comes a bold, beautiful picture book about working through anxiety and, with the support of a loved one, building up the courage to try something new.
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Star by Star, by Sheena Wilkinson (paperback)

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Stella has always looked forward to changing the world. It's what she was brought up to do, by a suffragette mother who knew all about fighting and rebellion. But it's November 1918.

The great flu pandemic sweeping the world has robbed Stella of her mother and her home, and she's alone in a strange country, with an aunt she's never met. But change is coming - the war is over, and women are about to vote for the first time. History is being made, but how can she help make it? As election day approaches, a day that will transform Ireland forever, Stella realises that she can indeed change the world.

Not alone, and not all at once. But just as stars come one by one to brighten the night sky, so history is made person by person, girl by girl. An invigorating tale of suffragettes and heroes, courage and survival, as war ends, flu sweeps the land - and women get to vote!
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Thin Places, Kerri ni Dochartaigh, ( hardback, 28 Jan 2021)

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A breathtaking mix of memoir, nature writing and history: this is Kerri ni Dochartaigh's story of a wild Ireland, an invisible border, an old conflict and the healing power of the natural world'A special, beautiful, many-faceted book' Amy Liptrot'

Kerri ni Dochartaigh was born in Derry, on the border of the North and South of Ireland, at the very height of the Troubles. She was brought up on a council estate on the wrong side of town. But for her family, and many others, there was no right side.

One parent was Catholic, the other was Protestant. In the space of one year they were forced out of two homes and when she was eleven a homemade petrol bomb was thrown through her bedroom window. Terror was in the very fabric of the city, and for families like Kerri's, the ones who fell between the cracks of identity, it seemed there was no escape.

In Thin Places, a mixture of memoir, history and nature writing, Kerri explores how nature kept her sane and helped her heal, how violence and poverty are never more than a stone's throw from beauty and hope, and how we are, once again, allowing our borders to become hard, and terror to creep back in. Kerri asks us to reclaim our landscape through language and study, and remember that the land we fight over is much more than lines on a map. It will always be ours but, at the same time, it never really was.
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Raff is Lost, by Jenny Scullion ( paperback)

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Losing a special toy is a crisis in most households. This lovely story takes us though the search to find Raff again ( and how to remember where he might be?!) 

Suitable for 2- 5 ish and with super illustrations and rhyming text. A great bedtime story.

Local author too! 

 

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Travelling in a Strange Land, by David Parks ( paperback)

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AN IRISH TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR

The world is shrouded in snow. With transport ground to a halt, Tom must venture out into a transformed and treacherous landscape to collect his son, sick and stranded in student lodgings. But on this solitary drive from Belfast to Sunderland, Tom will be drawn into another journey, one without map or guide, and is forced to chart pathways of family history haunted by memory and clouded in regret.

Travelling in a Strange Land is a work of exquisite loss and transformative grace. It is a novel about fathers and sons, grief, memory, family and love. From local author David Park.

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Who Do you Think you Are? By Pauline Burgess ( paperback)

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Since Magda moved from Poland to Belfast, her life has been little more than soggy schooldays and one long ‘Game of Stones’ courtesy of the local bullies. Her beloved grandfather shares in her misery. While the other family members adjust to Irish life, he spends his days in his attic room, dreaming of Poland. Yet he tells Magda that she must go out there and seize the opportunities Ireland has to offer. Then Magda meets Sophie, a new girl who looks set to become the most popular girl in Belview College, and at last Magda feels she might manage to fit in.But when does a friend become an enemy? And when is it OK to let go of the past and give the future a chance?
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Fifty Fifty, Steve Cavanagh ( paperback, Jul 2020)

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TWO SISTERS ON TRIAL FOR MURDER. THEY ACCUSE EACH OTHER. WHO DO YOU BELIEVE?

'911 what's your emergency?''My dad's dead.
My sister Sofia killed him. She's still in the house. Please send help.''My dad's dead.
My sister Alexandra killed him. She's still in the house. Please send help.'One of them is a liar and a killer.

But which one?

'Very clever, darkly funny, moving, fast-paced.' Jane Casey

Addictive, clever, pacy. Eddie Flynn is one of my heroes.' Jo Spain

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Street Song, by Sheena Wilkinson (paperback)

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From Belfast based writer, with a keen ear for dialogue and a real insight into teenager's minds after a teaching career..... 

When life goes off-key, change your tune. RyLee's career is over. After winning a national TV talent show and becoming a teen pop sensation, his fame and success has quickly been followed by addiction, media scrutiny, and career suicide.


When he meets the stunningly witty but distinctly average guitar-player Toni almost directly outside his front door, the opportunity to start afresh seems too good to pass up. Before long, he has arrived in a new city, joined Toni's amazingly talented band, and reinvented himself under the name 'Cal'. For the first time in his life Ryan has friends around him, he's playing the music he's always wanted to play, and - despite living in a hostel, busking for his wages, and living under a false identity - he's finally happy.

But just when Ryan feels like he has truly started over, his past begins to catch up with him.

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Flying Tips for Flightless Birds, by Kelly McCaughrain (paperback)

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Twins Finch and Birdie Franconi are stars of the flying trapeze. But when Birdie suffers a terrifying accident, Finch must team up with the geeky new kid, Hector Hazzard, to form an all-boys double act and save the family circus school

Recently shortlisted for the Great Reads Award, this debut YA novel is funny, warm hearted and encouraging for anyone who feels they just don’t fit ‘the mould’.

 

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The Cocktail Hour by Sophia Hillan

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Local writer and academic Sophia Hillan has worked with Arlen House Publishing to produce this stunning collection of her short stories. Compelling, with a delicate touch and a wry insight, this delightful book is very satisfying. 

Sophia has also published two novels The Friday Tree and The Way We Danced, as well as a factual exploration of Jane Austen’s family connections in Donegal ‘ May, Lou and Cass : Jane Austen’s nieces in Ireland’.

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Milkman, by Anna Burns ( hardback)

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Longlisted for the 2018 Booker Prize.

Anna Burns is originally from Belfast but is now based in England.

Milkman is “ a story of hearsay, silence and deliberate deafness. It is the story of inaction with enormous consequences “

Powerful, stream of consciousness prose that feels exhausting but gets under your skin as an astute account of Northern Ireland’s social landscape.

 

UPDATE 17/10/18 … this novel won the 2018 Booker Prize ( awarded last night) and is also available in paperback at £8.99 

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