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It Shouldn't Happen to a Midwife!

by Jane Yeadon

As the Swinging Sixties continue, Jane Yeadon is ready to start her training as a midwife. With general nursing already under her belt, it’s time for a whole new adventure – and another very steep learning...


Willie Miller's Aberdeen Dream Team

by Willie Miller & Rob Robertson

Willie Miller is an Aberdeen legend. In a glittering career he won every domestic honour, played in two World Cup Finals for Scotland and led Aberdeen to victory in the 1983 European Cup Winners’ Cup. He played...


Walter Smith the Ibrox Gaffer: A Tribute to a Rangers Legend

by Scott Burns

Rangers stars past and present unite to honour one of the most decorated and successful managers in Scottish football – the legendary Walter Smith. Ibrox favourites from across the decades, including heroes...


Aye Ready Rangers War Heroes

by Paul Smith

Hero. A word used and abused in football, but for those who fought for their country in Britain’s armed forces during the brutal conflicts of the twentieth century, there can be no better description. And...


Learning to Sing: Hearing the Music in Your Life

by Allison Glock & Clay Aiken

“My mother prophesied years ago that my voice would take me places. She was certain that there was a reason I was able to sing. I am still discovering what that reason is, what it is that God wants to happen.”...


'Solitary and Wild': Frederick MacNeice and the Salvation of Ireland

by David Fitzpatrick

For lovers of the often dark and troubled poetry of Louis MacNeice, his father is a reassuring presence: solid, sober, pious yet tolerant, a Church of Ireland clergyman who was not afraid to reject the Ulster...


Shackleton: An Irishman in Antartica

by Jonathan Shackleton

A mesmerizing new biography of explorer Ernest Shackleton, lavishly illustrated with over a hundred photographs, maps and engravings, some of them appearing in print for the first time. Eighty years after his...


My Traitor

by Sorj Chalandon

My Traitor tells the story of Antoine, an idealistic young French violin-maker, who takes a train from Dublin to Belfast in 1977 and is propelled into the heart of the Falls Road and the Republican movement,...


What the Curlew Said: Nostos Continued

by John Moriarty

'Now again I live in a river-mirrored house, the house a cottage, and the river that mirrors it broadening out twice a day into an estuary lake fished by otters and herons and, when the salmon are running, by...


Jammet's of Dublin

by Alison Maxwell

From 1901 to 1967 this Dublin restaurant – so famous in its day that letters simply addressed ‘Jammet’s, Europe’ reached their destination within a week – was the resort of actors, politicians, artists...


Serious Sounds

by John Moriarty

A wonderful walk through the story of Moriarty's childhood growing up on a small farm in north Kerry, and his lifelong engagement with traditional Catholic sacraments, taking as his point of departure Philip...


McDowell on McDowell

by R.B. B. McDowell

Between clubs, dining halls, libraries, institutions and good addresses in the country, R.B. McDowell, born in September 1913, had led the charmed and energized existence of a distinguished bachelor don, embellishing...


Throttle Full Open: A Life of Lady Bailey, Irish Aviatrix

by Jane Falloon

I have felt the need for a change of scene and interest lately.' -Lady Bailey on the eve of her London-Cape Town flight, March 1928. Mary Westenra, born in 1890, was the daughter of Derry Westenra, the fifth...


The Songman

by Tommy Sands

With a Fenian fiddle in one ear and an Orange drum in the other', singer Tommy Sands was reared in the foothills of the Mourne mountains, where he still lives. As a child, he was immersed in folk music - his...


Swift: An Illustrated Life

by Bruce Arnold

Who was Jonathan Swift? Bruce Arnold's provocative book examines this enigmatic figure in the light of his relationships - with his lover Esther Vanhomrigh ('Vanessa'), his ward Esther Johnston ('Stella'), and...


Skelligside

by Michael Kirby

This is the remarkable folk autobiography of a small famer, fisherman and poet from from the South Iveragh peninsula of Co. Kerry, part of Ireland's western sea-board, a region bounded by mountains and unique...


Skellig Sunset

by Michael Kirby

'A man who understands the true value of life ... he shows us that everything that lives is connected.' - Jane Urquhart. 'He writes charmingly with colour, fun and a flair few others have ever bettered.' - Sunday...


In the Prison of his Days: A Miscellany for Nelson Mandela on his 70th Birthday

by W.J. J. McCormack, Samuel Beckett & John Banville

Compiled while Nelson Mandela was still in prison, 'In the Prison of His Day's is one of the earliest books about Mandela to have been published in the English language. 'This miscellany of writings was brought...


Dublin Made Me

by CS Andrews

Dublin Made Me, the first of C.S. ('Todd') Andrews' two celebrated volumes of autobiography, describes in loving detail the pre-independence Dublin in which the author grew up and provides a vivid participant's...


Man of No Property

by CS Andrews

In the spring of 1924 I was released from internment where I had been held for a year since the end of the Civil War in what was then the Irish Free State. I was a little over twenty-two years of age.' So begins...