We were delighted to have Mary Costello in the shop last week for a quiet browse and impromptu signing of Academy Street!We're currently reading Academy Street for our Tuesday Evening Book Club, and have been raving about Mary Costello for some time! Read our recent article about Academy Street, The China Factory and Mary Costello here. Academy Street is published by Canongate, and has just won the Eason Novel of the Year award, the pre-eminent category in the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2014, and a Costa Book Award.We’ve got a limited number of signed copies available, so drop us a line if you’d like to reserve one or have one shipped directly to you!
We're delighted to announce that Desmond O'Malley will be signing copies of his new memoir Conduct Unbecoming on Saturday the 22nd of November at 1pm.Candid, combative and entertaining, Conduct Unbecoming is a compelling account of an extraordinary career.Desmond O’Malley leapt to prominence in 1970 as Jack Lynch’s young and fiercely principled Minister for Justice. His role in the Arms Crisis, recalled here, earned him the enmity of Charles Haughey, whose leadership of Fianna Fáil he attempted first to prevent, then challenge for the best part of a decade.Unable to arrest the party’s slow retreat from what he saw as the high watermark of Jack Lynch’s leadership, O’Malley was finally ejected from Fianna Fáil in 1985 following his acclaimed ‘I stand by the republic’ address. He would found the Progressive Democrats several months later. Conduct Unbecoming is a landmark political memoir from one of Ireland’s most outspoken and respected public figures. ‘Hard-hitting, opinionated and controversial’Maurice Manning, historian and former politician ‘Desmond O’Malley has given us a book that deserves a place on the short shelf of books written by Irish political leaders which gives us a genuine historical insight into the often murky realities of Irish political and commercial life. It is particularly revealing on Charles Haughey’s poisonous effect over many decades on the internal affairs of the Fianna Fáil party and Irish democracy in general.’Tom Garvin, Emeritus Professor of Politics, University College, Dublin
We're pleased to invite you to the launch of The Jepeca Way by Julianne Hadden, on Friday the 6th of June at 6pm.Jepeca was founded by Julianne Hadden in 2009. Jepeca specialises in empowering young people to make informed decisions for the changes they want to make, or have to make, in their lives. The programme predominantly works with social, emotional, behavioural or academic issues, but not exclusively. It provides tools, techniques and strategies in a safe, fun and relaxed environment.In The Jepeca Way, Julianne Hadden explains how the programme works, walks you through case studies, week by week, giving you a glimpse of how clients have changed their lives following the Jepeca programme. With a 92% positive change record, The Jepeca Way is ideal for readers who know someone that would like to be able to confidently deal with life's challenges and changes.After one of her first pilot programmes, a school said, “Julianne’s work was rated as the singular most effective intervention that the school had seen in several years.”Julianne Hadden's background is in the NHS, where she was a qualified nurse and midwife, and in Education, where she practised as a school nurse, giving her first-hand experience in dealing with many professions, including CAMHS, the police, schools, social services, and child protection.THE LAUNCH OF THE JEPECA WAY TAKES PLACE ON FRIDAY THE 6TH OF JUNE AT 6PM -- EVERYONE WELCOME!
Join us for the launch of Come Back When You're Sober by Valerie Farragher, on Thursday the 12th of December at 6.30pm. Valerie Farragher’s alcoholism almost ruined the lives of her family. Now four years sober, she is trying to help other women avoid that terrible fate. Her memoir recently received high praise from the Irish Times, and RTE have made a television documentary Moment of Truth about Valerie's story.The launch kicks off at 6.30pm and everyone is welcome!From the Irish Times Article:It is unlikely that Valerie Farragher’s new work, Come Back When You’re Sober, will be anyone’s book of the year in those Christmas round-ups (see pages 10-11). But, chaotic, contradictory and self-published as it is, it probably should be.This is the story of a modern, rural Irish family devastated by the mother’s alcoholism, told not only from the mother’s point of view, but from those of her five children and, briefly, of her husband, Thomas. The reader is exposed to the agony of everyone involved.Sarah Farragher, the middle child in the family, writes about “trying to cook and clean and do my homework all at the same time . . . I would start shouting at everyone to ‘f***ing help me!’ My Father would always complain about the house being ‘filthy’. It looked like a ‘Pig sty’, as my Father would say! He also told us to marry rich as we would need maids. I still have my fingers crossed on that one!”Sarah developed a sixth sense about her mother’s drinking. “The moment that my feet would hit the ground coming off the [school] bus, I could always tell if she was drinking or not.”The four girls describe running round the house searching for their mother’s empty vodka bottles: “Mum is short in stature so they were never in high places,” says Louise. She also writes about trying to look normal: “If lying to teachers was an exam, I would have gotten an A.”The teenagers bought drink for their mother, which was “Way too much power to give to a Teen”, writes Elaine, the eldest in the family.They describe searching the countryside for their mother when she ran away, and of watching their father as they did so: “You can’t help but be scared if you see the strongest male role model in your life terrified,” writes Elaine.“When Mum would drink, it was like Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. She would have this look in her eyes as if to say, ‘F**k you, I’m going to make you pay,’ without ever opening her mouth,” says Sarah.Elaine remembers Valerie before she started drinking. “There was a lovely mother before alcohol took over. She was the most dependable person,” she says.Hard to believe“Oh, it was bad,” says Valerie now. “And it was bad to read it, even though I’ve heard it all before. Sometimes I find it hard to believe all the stuff I did. And there was worse . . . I thought, Oh my God, they had to live it. I was drunk through it, and I was protected by the alcohol.”The family thought long and hard before agreeing to write the book and appear in an RTÉ television documentary, Moment of Truth, which is due to air tomorrow.
We're delighted to announce the launch of No Return Game, by well known illustrator and poet Tom Mathews, this Friday the 6th of December, at 6pm.Tom Mathews has long been admired for his trademark wit and humour, for the combination of irreverence and formal inventiveness that has long since made him one of Ireland's most celebrated cartoonists. His debut collection of poems in 2009 showed him to be, in addition, a singular, inimitable presence in Irish poetry. Taking its title from Beckett's 'Murphy', his follow-up, 'No Return Game', is at once an extension of his' considerable reach into (one might say infiltration of) Irish and particularly European art and literature, as it is also a deepening, and by times a darkening, of Matthews' own vision, the big questions of time and love, ageing and loss, faced (and sometimes faced down) but always present, the poet's evident love for language and life his constant companions and guiding stars.‘Other poets are witty, disappointed, pithy, heart-broken, indignant, erudite, sarcastic and witty (again), but only Tom Mathews is all of these in his own winning Tom Mathews way. His readers – me for one – are lucky to have him.’— Billy Collins‘This second collection presents Mr. Mathews in sparkling and typically vivacious form – the work here is funny and skilled and sad and tender and all of these things at once.’— Kevin BarryThe launch takes place on Friday the 6th of December, at 6pm, and everyone is welcome to attend!