Recommended on Joe Duffy (plus a couple more favorites)

Thrillers of the Year

The Missing Ones Patricia Gibney

First in a series of 5 books – our best selling Irish thriller writer this year.  Well devised plots with interesting believable characters

The Whisperer  Donato Carrisi

You heard it here first – the lovers of Scandinavian crime writers should look to Italy..  Thought provoking page turner – lots of twists and turns that – impossible to guess the ending.  Readers will want to read more by this author

Psychological Thriller of the Year

Tell me you are Mine  Elisabeth Noreback

Where is the line between hope and madness? Stella’s baby disappeared on a beach and it never found.  Twenty years later, Stella is a successful therapist. A new patient walks into her office whom Stella comes to believe is her daughter

Literary Fiction

Three Things About Elsie  Joanna Cannon

Joanna Cannon has a unique literary voice and this story about Florence, the 84 year old resident in a nursing home, is heart warming and engaging. Not a setting that you might expect to appeal, but the exploration of human nature and coming to peace with ourselves will stay with you long after you have finished the book.

Beartown  Frederick Backman  and the sequel Us Against You

The story of a small town at the edge of a deep forest, where Ice Hockey is at the centre of everything that happens, everything that matters.  The characters and their dilemmas are very real – a stunning portray of different people who are neither all bad or good.  For the time it takes you to read this book you belong to that town, to those families.

‘Left Field’ reads

I Still Dream  James Smythe

An excellent book about artificial intelligence, how close it can get to ‘being human’ and also how far it can stray.  Presents ideas that are plausible if not probable in next few years. Having read it you may wish to turn off your phone….

Circe  (pronounced Keerkay ) by Madeline Miller

Circe was the goddess of sorcery and this story is told through her eyes – a fascinating and intriguing story of mythology and magic will keep you turning the pages right till the end.

Non Fiction

The Shoemaker and his Daughter  Conor O’Clery

Many of us would have heard stories about what life was like in communist Russia.  This book is a well written true account of Conor’s in-laws – the life they led and the challenges they faced.  It takes us through the rise of capitalism and life in Russia today.

Butterfly  Yusra Mardini

Yusra Mardini was trained in swimming with support from  Syrian Olympic Committee after the bombing of their house they fled Syria in 2015.  The motor in boat they were being smuggled to Greece in seized and began to take on water.  Yusra, her sister and two other swimmers pushed the boat for over 3 hours until it reached land.  She took part in the 2016 Olympics and now lives in Germany “Being a refugee is not a choice. Our choice is to die at home or risk death trying to escape.”

Sports Book of the Year

 The Jersey : The All Blacks: The Secrets Behind the World’s Most Successful Team  Peter Bills

Our  best selling sports book this year , this book asks how a country of 4.8 million could produce a team with the best winning record on the planet.  Irish rugby fans will be pleased to know that the last page of the book is blank – where we can write a postscript…

Children’s Books

Picture books younger children

Wild Tribe Heroes – three picture books for children by Ellie Jackson and Liz Oldmeadow about the dangers facing the environment

Adam Saves the Seasons Benji Bennett

Latest in the series of beautifully illustrated books by Irish author – 2% of proceeds goes to Barnardos.  We love this series because it celebrates the best gift of all – spending time reading with our children. Last page of book:

‘While you drift off to sleep remember one thing

You are my Summer my Autumn my Winter and Spring

You are the wind in my hair and the sun on my face

I bid you sweet dreams, my love, with this goodnight embrace’

Children 7-8

Me and Mister P Maria Farrer

There are times when only a Polar Bear will do.. Arthur just wants an ordinary family.  Who would think that taking in a polar bear to the house would help?  Great illustrations – perfect for emerging readers

 Children 9-12

Trials of Apollo : The Burning Maze  Rick Riordan

As punishment Apollo is turned into a human and cast down to earth where he has to survive as a regular teenager in New York.   Latest in Percy Jackson series and a firm favourite

Young Adult  11+


Irish author Derek Landy latest book in the Skulduggery Pleasant series is selling very well – a great series for boys and girls who have got out of the way of reading

Young Adult  16+

Words in Deep Blue  Cath Crowley

Moving story about a girl grieving  her brother – and falling in love for the first time. Based around a bookstore where people leave letters for their loved ones in the pages of books that had influenced them.














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