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  • In October 1940, the handsome young David Sparsholt arrives in Oxford. A keen athlete and oarsman, he at first seems unaware of the effect he has on others – particularly on the lonely and romantic Evert Dax, son of a celebrated novelist and destined to become a writer himself. While the Blitz rages in London, Oxford exists at a strange remove: an ephemeral, uncertain place, in which nightly blackouts conceal secret liaisons. Over the course of one momentous term, David and Evert forge an unlikely friendship that will colour their lives for decades to come . . . Man Booker Prize-winning author Alan Hollinghurst’s masterly novel evokes the intimate relationships of a group of friends bound together by art, literature and love across three generations. It explores the social and sexual revolutions of the most pivotal years of the past century, whose life-changing consequences are still being played out to this day. Richly observed, disarmingly witty and emotionally charged, The Sparsholt Affair is an unmissable achievement from one of our finest writers. Signed by the author. First Edition.

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  • Hardcover. The life-affirming new novel from the number one bestselling author of Reasons to Stay Alive and The Humans Num Pages: 352 pages. BIC Classification: FM. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 214 x 135. .

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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of the crop from Martina Evans's five previous collections of poetry, brought up to date by a selection of new and unpublished work.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. 

  • <strong>'Finn's World' by Finn Ní Fhaoláin.  Signed by the Author, while stocks last!</strong>

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    <strong>Food Blogger, Author, Chef and Surfer Finn Ní Fhaoláin stops off at Kennys Bookshop to prepare a little lunch on the occasion of the launch of her first cookbook 'Finn's World'.</strong>

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    Most of us start our day with coffee and a commute; Finn starts hers with surfing. With her twin passions of food and the sea, Finn's philosophy is that as long as she is never far from either, it's been a good day at the office! When life is busy, it can be hard to find the time and money to feed yourself well. Enter Finn's World, where you'll discover delicious, healthy food that won't break the bank, allowing you to spend more time following your dreams. Follow Finn's tips on how to eat better to live a happier, more balanced life. All recipes are gluten-free and include Danish Breakfast Brod, Mother Hubbard's Bare Cupboard Granola, Moroccan Surfer's Breakfast, Disco Barbie Beetroot Soup, She Sells Seashells by the Seashore - Cockle Salsa Salad, I Can't Believe It's Not Cardboard - Thick Crust Pizza, Lime Cheesecake Cups and Elderflower and Redcurrant Muffins.

    Do what you love. Love what you eat!

    @KennysBookshop @gill_books @Fins_Fit_Food #FinnsFitFood

    Hardcover. Coeliac surfing chef Finn Ni Fhaolain shares her delicious, gluten-free recipes for fuelling a balanced, active, happy life, including Danish Breakfast Brod, Mother Hubbards Bare Cupboard Granola, Moroccan Surfers Breakfast, I Cant Believe Its Not Cardboard-Thick Crust Pizza and Elderflower and Redcurrant Muffins. Num Pages: 288 pages. BIC Classification: VSP; WBH. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 238 x 175. Weight in Grams: 500. Signed by the Author

  • Hardcover. Signed By The Author

  • Paperback.

  • <strong>First Edition Paperback. Signed by the Author, while stocks last!</strong>

    <strong>1979. PUNK IS IN DECLINE.
    On the platform at Holyhead I approach a uniformed man with a whistle.
    'Is this the 6:55 to Auschwitz?' I ask.
    'Enough of your cheek, lad.'
    '<em>Arbeit Macht Frei</em>!'
    'It's Gaelic for thank you.'

    March, 1979. Sid Vicious is dead, Margaret Thatcher is very much alive, and Barry has just arrived in London. Twenty years old, Irish and angry, he cons his way into a job at Sellafield, home of Britain's military-grade plutonium. It's the start of a hilarious and hallucinatory coming-of-age tale that ranges from sordid coal-bunker squats to the tea room at the Ritz, via the Parisian Left Bank and the blooming poppy fields of Ireland.
    Here is a portrait of an artist on acid, amphetamines and PCP, who finds himself working at the heart of Britain's nuclear industry. It pulses with stories and stories within stories, eye-watering, sexy, terrifying and poignant. A wild, hellish descent that is also a rush for the stars, <strong>A Ton of Malice</strong> is the demented love-child of Irvine Welsh, Hunter S. Thompson and Matt Groening.
    <strong>And, if it matters, it's almost all true.</strong>


    'Dazzling ... the author has a way with words as slick and sudden as a flick knife... a breathtaking storyteller'
    SUNDAY TIMES on <em>A Ton of Malice</em>

    'McKinley is a huge talent... <em>A Ton of Malice</em> is a powerful, original work... There is music in the sentences, a gruff, down-at-heel, Tom Waitsy lyricism, counterpointed with staccato machine-gun bursts of inchoate rage. Occasionally the voice allows itself to flare into sunbursts of beauty... A dark, funny, gritty trip of a story that tells it like it is.'

    'An astonishing portrait of toxic masculinity to rank alongside Denis Johnson's <em>Jesus' Son</em> and Irvine Welsh's <em>Trainspotting</em>. Savagely funny, and ultimately heartbreaking. Read it.'

    'Full of brilliant barbs and humour... hugely enjoyable and thought-provoking'

    'Beautifully timed with a nice balance of cynical humour and genuine emotion'

    'A study in wizened, impotent rage, measured out in wicked one-liners... It would be tempting to call the whole thing Beckett meets Shepard'
    IRISH TIMES --...

    <h3>About the Author</h3>

    Barry McKinley's stories have twice been shortlisted for the Hennessy Literary Award. He has written for BBC Radio 4 and RTE. His stage plays include <em>Elysium Nevada</em>, which was nominated in 2010 for Best New Play at the Irish Theatre Awards. After narrowly failing to destroy the world in 1979, he gave up the attempt, and now restores old buildings for a living. His younger self would be horrified.


    <em>Paperback. Num Pages: 256 pages. BIC Classification: 1DBKESL; BM; WH. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 198 x 129 x 20. Weight in </em>Grams<em>: 200. Signed by the author.</em>

  • Hardcover. 373pp. Index. This limited edition of 50 copies numbered 1 to 50 and five copies has been bound in quarter goatskin, with raised bands, hand - tooled spine in 22 carat gold leaf, top edge gilt,marble boards with matching slipcase, by Kennys Bookbindery Ltd. Galway, and signed by the author

  • <strong>1st Edition Hardback, SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR, strictly while stocks last!</strong>

    <strong>LONGLISTED FOR THE GORDON BURN PRIZE 2017</strong>

    <strong>From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of <em>The Sportswriter</em> comes a deeply personal account of his parents - an intimate portrait of American mid-twentieth century life, and a celebration of family love </strong>
    Richard Ford's parents volunteered little about their early lives - and he rarely asked. Later, he pieced their stories together from anecdote, history and the occasional photograph, frozen moments linking him to another time.

    Edna Akin, a dark-eyed Arkansas beauty whose convent education was cut short by her itinerant parents, fell in love aged only seventeen. Parker Ford was a tall country boy with a warm, hesitant smile, who was working at a grocery in Hot Springs. They married and began a life on the road in the American South, as Parker followed his travelling salesman's job. The 1930s were like one long weekend, a swirl of miles traversed, cocktails drunk and hotel rooms vacated: New Orleans, Memphis, Texarkana. Then a single, late child was born, changing everything.

    In this book, Richard Ford evokes a vivid panorama of mid-twentieth century America and an intimate portrait of family life. Exploring children's changing perception of their parents, he also reflects on the impact of loss and devotion. Written with the intelligence, precision and humanity for which Ford is renowned, <em>Between Them</em> is both a son's great act of love and a redeeming meditation on family.

    <em>Hardcover. Num Pages: 192 pages. BIC Classification: 1KBB; 3JJ; BM; DN; VFV. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 198 x 129. Signed by the author</em>

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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.

  • 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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