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  • Hardback. Signed by multiple contributors. Thrilling, disturbing, shocking and moving, Trouble Is Our Business: New Stories by Irish Crime Writers is a compulsive anthology of original stories by Ireland’s best-known crime writers.

    Patrick McGinley, Ruth Dudley Edwards, Colin Bateman, Eoin McNamee, Ken Bruen, Paul Charles, Julie Parsons, John Connolly, Alan Glynn, Adrian McKinty, Arlene Hunt, Alex Barclay, Gene Kerrigan, Eoin Colfer, Declan Hughes, Cora Harrison, Brian McGilloway, Stuart Neville, Jane Casey, Niamh O’Connor, William Ryan Murphy, Louise Phillips, Sinéad Crowley, Liz Nugent

    Irish crime writers have long been established on the international stage as bestsellers and award winners. Now, for the first time ever, the best of contemporary Irish crime novelists are brought together in one volume.

    Edited by Declan Burke, the anthology embraces the crime genre’s traditional themes of murder, revenge, intrigue, justice and redemption. These stories engage with the full range of crime fiction incarnations: from police procedurals to psychological thrillers, domestic noir to historical crime – but there’s also room for the supernatural, the futuristic, the macabre.

    As Emerald Noir blossoms into an international phenomenon, there has never been a more exciting time to be a fan of Irish crime fiction.

    About the Editor

    Declan Burke is a writer, editor, journalist and critic. He has published six crime novels, several of which were shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards, edited Down These Green Streets: Irish Crime Writing in the 21st Century, and co-edited, with John Connolly, the award-winning Books to Die For. His novel Absolute Zero Cool won the Goldsboro ‘Last Laugh’ Award.

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    A gripping tale of loss and hope, of self-destruction and self-acceptance, from an E.M. Reapy, an exciting new debut author and winner of The Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year Award.

    Three young Irish people have come to Australia, running from the economic ruins of their home country and their own unhappy lives. In this promised land, stunned by the heat and the vast arid space of the interior, they each try to escape their past in a chaotic world of backpacker hostels, huge fruit farms and squalid factories, surrounded by new friends who are even more damaged and dangerous than they are themselves. Endless supplies of cheap drink and drugs loosen what little sense of responsibility they have, and a spiral of self-destructive behaviour forces each of them to face up to the reality of their lives. 

    This is a story of the consequences of impulsive choices and of the places where they lead. A vulnerable young man is left alone by his friends in a remote wilderness; a desperate girl puts herself into the hands of violent sex traffickers; a once-privileged favourite son lets a drunken quarrel escalate to murder. An utterly compelling, readable novel that hooks from the first page and immerses us in an all-too topical nightmare.

  • <strong>All We Shall Know, First / Dublin Edition, Hardback, Signed by the Author - while stocks last!</strong>

    <strong>Melody Shee is alone and in trouble. Her husband doesn't take her news too well. She doesn't want to tell her father yet because he's a good man and this could break him. She's trying to stay in the moment, but the future is looming - larger by the day - while the past won't let her go. What she did to Breedie Flynn all those years ago still haunts her. It's a good thing that she meets Mary Crothery when she does. Mary is a young Traveller woman, and she knows more about Melody than she lets on. She might just save Melody's life.</strong>

    "Donal Ryan's new book is an enthrallingly impassioned and compassionate read, ferocious but humane. All We Shall Know acknowledges the acts of vicious self-destruction the human heart is capable of, but does not accept the irreparability of such acts. To his raw, wounded and grieving characters Donal Ryan says: If you are still breathing, you can be redeemed." Colin Barrett "I read it with enormous pleasure. He is a remarkably imaginative and beautiful user of the language. This book is very moving and true. I love the truth in his work." Jennifer Johnston "All We Shall Know is really very good. All that we've come to expect from Donal: great humanity and an uncanny sense of place but this time - and at last! - we have a man writing from a woman's point of view in a totally convincing and non-patronising way." Christine Dwyer Hickey "One of the finest writers working in Ireland today . . . worthy of Greek drama" Guardian - John Burnside "Possibly my book of the year . . . a remarkable piece of literature." RTE Radio 1 - Ryan Tubridy

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    This lively collection uncovers for the first time how great Irish love songs came to be, and includes engaging biographies of the songwriters and their muses. This is for anyone who ever wondered who the ‘Galway Girl’ was, or if there was a real-life ‘Nancy Spain’. Learn the often surprising, sometimes bittersweet but always absorbing stories of the real women who inspired some of the world’s finest love songs.

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  • A bomb is born, lives, and dies in a rural secondary school; Ireland becomes a dumping ground for corpses; one family's genealogy begins in tragedy and ends in something far worse in 2111; a strange tribal matriarchy on the banks of the River Boyne is threatened with extermination. Over the course of these stories, the world breaks down in an endless cycle of hunger, desperation, violence, and domination, and we find a humanity left tender, collapsed, and full of a beautiful, primeval innocence. Fagan's raw blend of verve, humour, imagination, and warmth surges through these pages, revealing a world rendered both hopeful and disturbing, human and other, that is at once familiarand extraordinary. Hostages is Oisín Fagan's first collection. Paperback. Signed by the Author while stocks last.

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  • Signed by the Author while stocks last... Paperback, first edition.

    In 'The Apocalypse Came on a Friday' Little John Nee, one of the treasures of Irish Theatre, reveals himself as a haiku poet of charm, courage and conviction.  Entirely in tune with this venerable tradition of the illuminating moment, he nevertheless remains his own man, his wit and a welcome punky attitude only adding to the sense of a very fine poet coming into his stride - and perhaps at any moment about to break into dance or song.  PAT BORAN, poet editor and broadcaster.

    Little John Nee is a writer, performer and musician based in the west of Ireland.  His theatre and radio shows have received critical acclaim internationally.

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    <em>The Windows of Graceland</em> gathers the cream of the crop from Martina Evans's five previous collections of poetry, brought up to date by a selection of new and unpublished work. The earliest poems date back to 1998 and Evans's expatriation from Ireland. A complex nostalgia for her Catholic childhood establishes a central and enduring thread in the writing, the bloody shadow of sectarian conflict commingling with a chlid's pastoral of pleated mustard kilts and corduroy paisley dresses, the sighing country roads, the blue Burnfort evening. From storyteller to free-verse fili, memorist to satirist, daughter to mother, <em>The Windows of Graceland</em> distils Evans's full poetic range and power. Paperback, signed by the author while stocks last. 

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    <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>THE LONELY SEA AND SKY - Signed by the Author while stocks last!</strong>

    <p style="text-align: justify;">When Des Kenny read Dermot Bolger's new book <em>The Lonely Sea and Sky</em> he was very excited by the writing.  He called Dermot and invited him to come and do a reading in Kennys for our YouTube channel. Dermot had other commitments and was unable to travel but he invited us to his Dublin home to do a recording there instead.

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    This is Dermot Bolger's first reading from<em> 'The Lonely Sea and Sky'</em>. He is seated in a chair his Dad often sat in as he reads this powerful passage.
    We didn't want him to stop!
    It was a huge privilege to visit Dermot at home and to be part of his first reading of this his new novel, based on a real life rescue in 1943, when the crew of the Wexford ship <em>Kerlogue</em> risked their lives to save 168 German sailors - members of the navy that had killed fourteen-year-old Jack Roche's father.  Forced to choose who to save and who to leave behind, the Kerlogue grows so dangerously overloaded that no one knows if it will survive amid the massive Biscay waves.
    We are delighted to be able to share this reading with you.

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    Twenty short stories by award-winning Cork writer William Wall, whose work has been long-listed for the Man Booker Prize.

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  • First edition Paperback. Signed by the Editor and multiple contributors.

    Salmon Poetry's celebratory anthology, highlighting its list of Irish, American, British and European poets, all of whom represent the vibrancy of contemporary literature - distinct in style, voice, and geography.

    "Salmon's unique profile grows from the diversity of the work it publishes.. most notably, Salmon is distinguished by the number of women on its list."-Irish Literary Supplement.

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