How to Gut a Fish

Title: How to Gut a Fish Writer: Sheila Armstrong Publishing House: Bloomsbury Date of Publication:  February 17th 2022 Rating: 5 stars ‘’The weakness in the soil first appears at dusk in the centre of a ring of stones in a field. A small copse of trees weave around banks of raised earth, and the exposed…

A Very Irish Christmas

Title: A Very Irish Christmas Writer: Various Publishing House: New Vessel Press Date of Publication: September 14th 2021 Rating: 5 stars ‘’ “But me,” was all that she said, and rubbed a dear space in the condensation on the glass as she tried to recompose in her head the dissonant notes that rose at intervals…

Mr Salary

Title: Mr Salary Writer: Sally Rooney Publishing House:  Faber & Faber Date of Publication: February 3rd 2019 (first published April 26th 2016) Rating: 5 stars ‘’It was in my nature to absorb large volumes of information during times of distress, like I could master the distress through intellectual dominance.’’ A young woman returns to Dublin…

Celtic Tales

Τitle: Celtic Tales Writer: Text adaptation by Mirabelle Korn, illustrated by Kate Forrester Publishing House: Chronicle Books Date of Publication:  August 30th 2016 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Do not think the fairies are always little.Everything is capricious about them, even their size…Their chief occupations are feasting, fighting, and makinglove, and playing the most beautiful music.’’William Butler…

The Pull of the Stars

Title: The Pull of the Stars Writer: Emma Donoghue Publishing House: Picador Date of Publication: July 28th 2020  Rating: 5 stars ‘’The bone man was making fool of us all. That was what we kids called death in my part of the country – the bone man, that skeletal rider who kept his grinning skull…

The End of the World is a Cul de Sac

Title: The End of the World is a Cul de Sac Writer: Louise Kennedy Publishing House: Bloomsbury Publishing Date of Publication: April 8th 2021 Rating: 4 stars ‘’The statue stood in the clearing. It was a wood nymph, lifelike yet diminutive, the height of an adolescent girl. A dappling of sunlight was flickering over her,…

The Shortest Day

Title: The Shortest Day Writer: Colm Tóibín Publishing House: Amazon Original Stories Date of Publication: November 3rd 2020  Rating: 5 stars ‘’Thus, it was the strangeness of the night sky and the seasons that they loved and missed, the strangeness of fire and water, the strangeness they noted in each other.’’ It is Christmas and…

The Book of Selkie

Title: The Book of Selkie Writer: Written and illustrated by Briana Corr Scott Publishing House: Nimbus Publishing Ltd. Date of Publication: May 31st 2020 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Οh, to be a selkie, And live between two worlds Half your days spent as a seal, And the other half, a girl….’’ For me, the myth of…

Ernest Shackleton (Little People, Big Dreams)

Title: Ernest Shackleton (Little People, Big Dreams) Writer: Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara (illustrated by Olivia Holden) Publishing House: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books Date of Publication: September 1st 2020  Rating: 5 stars ‘’To be brave cheerily, to be patient with a glad heart, to stand the agonies of thirst with laughter and song, to walk beside…

Ulysses

Title: Ulysses Writer: James Joyce Publishing House: Vintage Date of Publication: 1990 (first published February 2nd 1922) Rating: 5 stars “Every life is in many days, day after day. We walk through ourselves, meeting robbers, ghosts, giants, old men, young men, wives, widows, brothers-in-love, but always meeting ourselves.”  16 June 1904. Leopold Bloom wanders the…

Irish Ghost Tales

Title:Irish Ghost Tales Writer:Tony Locke Publishing House:The History Press Ireland Date of Publication:August 1st 2016 Rating:5 stars ”There are ghosts and ghoulies that can give you a fright When you’re tucked up warm in your bed. There are things that sometimes go bump in the night Or are they just inside your head?” We have…

Magical Folk: British and Irish Fairies – 500 AD to the Present

Title: Magical Folk: British and Irish Fairies – 500 AD to the Present Writer: Simon Young, Ceri Houlbrook Publishing House: Gibson Square Date of Publication: November 22nd 2017 Rating: 5 stars ”Why is it that so many fairy sightings occur while we are in bed? Why do so many children see fairies? Is it significant that several of…

Midwinter Mysteries:A Christmas Crime Anthology

Title: Midwinter Mysteries: A Christmas Crime Anthology Writer:Various Publishing House:Sapere Books Date of Publication:October 30th 2019 Rating:4 stars ”I think you can let the baby Jesus go”, Slonsky said. ”He’s innocent, just like the real one.” Behind the shiny ornaments, the bright lights, the laughter, the flowing wine, and the presents, dark intentions may find a…

Irish Tales From The Otherworld: Ghosts, Fairies & Evil Spirits

Title: Irish Tales From The Other World: Ghosts, Fairies & Evil Spirits Writer: Bob Curran Publishing House: Poolbeg Press Date of Publication: October 21st 2015 Rating: 5 stars ”In Ireland, the supernatural is usually never all that far away. It lies sleeping beneath a seemingly peaceful and beautiful landscape, just beyond our vision but ready to emerge when we least…

Things In Jars

Title: Things in Jars Writer: Jess Kidd Publishing House: Canongate Books Date of Publication: April 4th 2019 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Below her, streets and lanes, factories and workhouses, parks and prisons, ground houses and tenements, roofs, chimneys and tree tops. And the winding, sometimes shining, Thames- the sky’s own dirty mirror. The raven leaves the river behind and charts a…

Dracul

Title: Dracul Writer: Dacre Stoker, J.D. Barker Publishing House: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Date of Publication: October 2nd 2018 Rating: 2 stars ‘’A crescent moon dangling in the sky offered the thinnest of illuminations, bathing the world in nothing but faint outlines, silhouettes, and shadows. The tower of Artane Castle was barely visible in the distance, lost behind rolling hills and…

Μystical Britain and Ireland

Title: Mystical Britain and Ireland Writer: Richard Jones (photography by John Mason) Publishing House: New Holland Australia Date of Publication: August 10th 2006 (first published 2003) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Those who pace its lanes and squares may yet hear the echoes of their footsteps on the sounding stones and read upon its gates…’’Who enters here leaves noise behind.’’ Charles Dickens…

Her Kind

Title: Her Kind Writer: Niamh Boyce Publishing House: Penguin UK Date of Publication: April 4th 2019 Rating: 1 star ‘’Our eyes will go to the worms And our livers will be given as food to the parish dogs. The hair will be torn from our heads The flesh flayed from our bones. They’ll find apple seeds and gooseberry skins…

Eggshells

Title: Eggshells Writer: Caitriona Lally Publishing House: HarperCollins UK Date of Publication: September 20th 2018 (first published May 20th 2014) Rating: 5 stars ‘’When they were deciding how to bury her, I said she had always wanted to be cremated. It was a lie the size of a graveyard, but I wanted to make sure she was well and truly dead.’’…

The Hoarder

Title: The Hoarder Writer: Jess Kidd Publishing House: Canongate Books Date of Publication:  February 1st 2018 Rating: 5 stars ‘’A dead mouse curled in a teacup, a headless ceramic dray horse, a mannequin’s pink severed limb: that sort of thing. I have a morbid bent. ‘’ It would be extremely useful if each one of us had a power squad…