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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.

  • Hardcover.

  • 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. .

  • Hardback. Signed by the author strictly while stocks last!

    <div class="mod about"> <h2>About Carnivalesque</h2>

    <em>It looked like any other carnival, but of course it wasn't… </em>
    It had its own little backstreets, its alleyways of hanging bulbs and ghost trains and Punch and Judy stands …</em>
    <em>And at the end of one he saw the Hall of Mirrors. There were looping strings of carnival lights leading towards it, and a large sign in mirrored glass reading 'Burleigh's Amazing Hall of Mirrors' and the sign reflected the lights in all sorts of magically distorted ways. </em>

    To Andy and his parents, it looks like any other carnival: creaking ghost train, rusty rollercoaster and circus performers. But of course it isn't.

    Drawn to the hall of mirrors, Andy enters and is hypnotised by the many selves staring back at him. Sometime later, one of those selves walks out rejoins his parents – leaving Andy trapped inside the glass, snatched from the tensions of his suburban home and transported to a world where the laws of gravity are meaningless and time performs acrobatic tricks.

    And now an identical stranger inhabits Andy's life, unsettling his mother with a curious blankness, as mysterious events start unfolding in their Irish coastal town…

    </div> <div class="mod about"> <h2>Reviews</h2>

    “His cinematic sensibility yields prose of the most bewitching kind” –  <span class="textSourceTitle">Sunday Times

    “One of Ireland's most talented artists” –  <span class="textSourceTitle">John Banville

    “Jordan has a light touch and a clear eye on matters of the heart” –  <span class="textAuthor">Eoin McNamee, <span class="textSourceTitle">Irish Times

    “His dialogue and characterisation shine” –  <span class="textSourceTitle">Independent on Sunday

    “His belief in language is absolute, as is his mastery of it” –  <span class="textSourceTitle">Irish Times

    “You can never know where you are going with Neil Jordan … Extraordinary” –  <span class="textAuthor">John Burnside, <span class="textSourceTitle">Guardian

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  • Signed by the Author while stocks last! Paperback. 

    Caitríona Hastings reads from her new book 'City of Streams', a wonderful bilingual look at Galway folklore and folklife in the 1930s, at Kennys Bookshop.

    On the eve of the Second World War in Europe, the senior pupils in the National Schools of the West of Ireland were engaged in an important, if somewhat unusual, task. With the aid of a questionnaire supplied by the Irish Folklore Commission, and under the direction of their teachers, the children were collecting a wide and varied range of folklore and folk memories in their own neighbourhoods. The stories they gathered were many and varied, covering such topics as local beliefs and customs, traditional crafts, weather lore, the Famine, cures, songs and riddles. This is their story.

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  • <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

  • <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>

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