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  • Signed by the Author strictly while stocks last!

    First Edition, Hardback.

    Cyril Avery is not a <em>real</em> Avery or at least that’s what his adoptive parents tell him. And he never will be. But if he isn’t a real Avery, then who is he?

    Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple via the intervention of a hunchbacked Redemptorist nun, Cyril is adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship with the infinitely more glamourous and dangerous Julian Woodbead.

    At the mercy of fortune and coincidence, he will spend a lifetime coming to know himself and where he came from – and over his three score years and ten, will struggle to discover an identity, a home, a country and much more.

    In this, Boyne’s most transcendent work to date, we are shown the story of Ireland from the 1940s to today through the eyes of one ordinary man. <em>The Heart’s Invisible Furies</em> is a novel to make you laugh and cry while reminding us all of the redemptive power of the human spirit.

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    Num Pages: 608 pages. BIC Classification: FA. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 243 x 164 x 47. Weight in Grams: 786.

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

    <em>It looked like any other carnival, but of course it wasn't… </em>
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    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…

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    “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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    10th Anniversary Collectors Edition.

    Hardback, first edition.

    Bruno doesnt like his new house. He had to leave all his friends behind in Berlin, and there are no children to play with here - until Bruno meets Shmuel, a boy who lives on the other side of the wire fence near Brunos house, and who wears a strange uniform of striped pyjamas. Illustrator(s): Jeffers, Oliver. Num Pages: 352 pages, with illustrations from award-winning artist Oliver Jeffers. BIC Classification: YFC; YX. Category: (J) Children / Juvenile. Dimension: 167 x 224 x 30. Weight in Grams: 732.

  • First Edition Paperback. Signed by the Author ...while stocks last!

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    <strong>It was with great pleasure Kennys Bookshop recently welcomed back Mike McCormack to preview his long anticipated new novel <em>'Solar Bones'.</em>  Now receiving rave reviews, we delight in the continued success of this great writer.</strong>

    Once a year, on All Souls’ Day, it is said in Ireland that the dead may return. Solar Bones is the story of one such visit. Marcus Conway, a middle-aged engineer, turns up one afternoon at his kitchen table and considers the events that took him away and then brought him home again. Funny and strange, McCormack’s ambitious and other-worldly novel plays with form and defies convention. This profound new work is by one of Ireland’s most important contemporary novelists. A beautiful and haunting elegy, this story of order and chaos, love and loss captures how minor decisions ripple into waves and test our integrity every day.

    <em>‘McCormack is one of our bravest and most innovative writers – he shoots for the stars with this one and does not fall short.’</em> Kevin Barry

    <em>‘A poised and darkly humorous monologue on the way we live now’</em> – Cara Magazine

    <em>‘This is an unusual story, beautifully told’</em> – Irish Country Living Magazine

    Praise for Mike McCormack:

    <em>‘Unabashedly macabre, McCormack’s obsessions at times converge with those explored by Ian McEwan, Will Self and JG Ballard, but his clever ideas and fluid, gracefully morbid style are all his own’ </em>GQ

    <em>‘One of the most original and important voices in contemporary Irish fiction’</em> The Irish Times

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

    The follow-up to Spill Simmer Falter Wither is a fascinating portrait of an artist’s breakdown in rural Ireland.

    <em>"The book is a reminder of the beauty that can be found when you allow yourself to look slowly and sadly at the world"</em>  Laura Feigel, The Guardian.

    "The imaginative richness and limberness of Baume’s descriptions, their power to immerse the reader in Frankie’s senses, emotions, and place on earth, is where this novel truly excels..."  Katherine A Powers, The Irish Times.

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     Sara Baume reads from her acclaimed first novel, Spill, Simmer, Falter, Wither at Kennys Bookshop:

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  • Hardback. Signed by the Author while stocks last!

    John Quinn reads from his new and richly evocative collection of interviews based on material from the author's radio documentary, This Place Speaks to Me at Kennys Bookshop.

    In this wide-ranging, globetrotting book, a host of well-known interviewees ponder the locations that have - for good or for ill - had a profound influence on their lives. Travel with Seamus Heaney as he visits Anahorish, the townland in South Derry that inspired much of his early work; accompany actor and musician Don Baker as he returns to Daingean Reformatory, where he spent three harrowing years in the 1960s; follow storyteller Eibhlis de Barra on a gloriously colorful stroll through the Cork of her childhood.

    This Place Speaks to Me: An Anthology of People and Places

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    What do you do as an ex Taoiseach? John Bruton got busy. He worked as EU Ambassador to the USA, vice president of the EPP, and is today Chairman of IFSC Ireland. He also made time to reflect on and observe domestic politics, the Irish economy, and the ongoing necessity for reconciliation between not only our two main traditions on this island but also between the constitutional nationalist tradition and the republican tradition. The future of the EU and its place in the world, personal Faith in the public sphere, and the global environment have also been major concerns.

    This book gathers some of the opinions and ideas of John Bruton from 2010 to 2015 first delivered as speeches, articles, and blogs, and presents them as a contribution to our ongoing public debate on Europe, World Affairs, the Centenary of Commemorations, the Economy, Religion, and the Environment. Included are a selection of Book Reviews which give people a further insight into the man who served us as a Minister, leader of Fine Gael, and Taoiseach.

  • First UK edition. Signed by the Author - while stocks last. Hardcover. On March 3, 1947, in the maternity ward of Beth Israel Hospital in Newark, New Jersey, Archibald Isaac Ferguson, the one and only child of Rose and Stanley Ferguson, is born. From that single beginning, Fergusons life will take four simultaneous and independent fictional paths.. Num Pages: 880 pages. BIC Classification: FA. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 167 x 242 x 61. Weight in Grams: 1258. Signed by the author

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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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Signed Poetry at Kennys

  • Paperback. Signed by the Author.

    Kennys Bookshop had the privilege of welcoming Dani Gill to read from her debut poetry collection 'After Love'.

    About the Book

    Every person is like a piece of gold. If you were a gold ring, a gold watch, a gold chain, you could say "I am a ring, a watch, a chain", but these are temporary shapes. In truth, you are just gold – that is your essence, no matter how the shape changes.

    After Love explores identity, change and recovery after the end of a long-term relationship.

    Breaking waves, scattered buttons, disillusionment, enlightenment. I just gobbled it up... a really special book.
    Sara Baume

    Dani Gill's poems are like suitcases to be unpacked, word by word, until there is nothing left but the feeling of a feeling. A lasting debut. - Simon Van Booy

    Delicate and yet powerful poems, a paused and poignant poetry collection, not daring to gloss over or skim the suffering and pain that the time After Love can bring. Mermaids, floating the the sea bring calm when you least expect it, water a cleansing motif throughout. Essential love poems. - Elaine Feeney

    About Dani Gill

    Dani Gill is a writer, curator, and creative writing tutor, based in the west of Ireland. She has been included in the Irish women’s poetry anthology Washing Windows (Arlen House, 2016), and publications such as Prelude (New York), and Freckle (Northern Ireland). From 2010-2016 she was the Director of Cúirt International Festival of Literature, Galway. Dani now works as a freelance curator and creative writing tutor for young people and adults. After Love is her first collection.

     

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  • Paperback. Moya Cannon's new collection reaches back into the long past, showing how traces left behind - textile fragments, buried thimbles, cave paintings - enable us to make imaginative connections with our distant ancestors, emphasising the commonalities of human lives lived many centuries apart. Num Pages: 72 pages. BIC Classification: DCF. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 218 x 136 x 13. Weight in Grams: 96.

    We had the great pleasure of welcoming poet Moya Cannon back to Kennys Bookshop to read from her most recent collection 'Keats Lives'.

    Keats Lives is Moya Cannon’s fifth collection of poems. Characteristically rich in the moods and rhythms of the poet’s western Irish homeland, it is also drawn farther afield, towards contemplation of the disasters of previous centuries, their ‘many victories, many collars, little grace’. ‘What shift of bedrock, what metamorphosis,’ asks the poet, ‘might heal such wounded, wounding ground?’ An answer is sought in the conversation – the conversion – between politics and ecology: precise, shell-like meditations on the natural world – snow drops and almond blossom, nights of summer thunder – are described with the same humane, delicate energy as warzones and prison camps. Between these extremes, and balanced by them, Homer and Achilles, Shakespeare and Cromwell, ‘cattle-herders, butter-makers, singers, dancers’ live out their ‘sliver of the earth’s time’ by the same equalizing measure of mountains and forests, ‘the gold-struck, mercury sea’. The collection unifies these pasts in the symbolic curia of the museum and library, from where so many of Cannon’s poems take wing, pursuing objects beyond their material presence into their haunted pasts, objects that, to paraphrase the collection’s closing poem, ‘we have often seen before but have never heard’.

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    Kennys were delighted to welcome poet Adam White to Kennys Bookshop on the occasion of the release of his second collection 'What Else Is There?'.

    Once a carpenter, today a poet and a teacher, Adam White's poems explore the themes of building and construction, as well as migration and his own overseas experiences.

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    In a vivid, warm and amusing reading poet Pete Mullineaux tells us 'How to Bake a Planet' at Kennys Bookshop.

    PETE MULLINEAUX

    From the Garden of Eden to the pavement of romance, outer space to bubble wrap, endangered species to climate change, Pete Mullineaux’s vivid and wide-ranging fourth collection explores personal-societal themes of loneliness, isolation, connection and dislocation; our ambivalent relationship with the natural world; ecological and environmental concerns; our confusions regarding science and religion; the elusive element of time. Philosophical, inventive, playful and fanciful at times, but always accessible and earthed by reality.

    ‘Mullineaux “bends an ear towards the earth” and creates a beautiful and whimsical music that tracks the connections and disconnects in our relationships with each other and with our planet. A wandering minstrel who captures the atmosphere of bus rides, cafés, city streets and scrapyards in tones that recall the poems of Roger McGough or the songs of Pete Seeger. He takes us into art galleries and walks us around music festivals, responding to all he sees and hears with imagination and kindness.’ - Catherine Ann Cullen

    ‘Poignant love poems and family poems, poems inspired by art, music & the business of living and, perhaps most significant of all, poems arising out of compassion for those who “wear the uniform of poverty” or cannot speak for themselves – these are the ingredients of Pete Mullineaux’s intriguingly titled How to Bake a Planet, a book that voices many of the anxieties of contemporary life and, in the venerable tradition of the protest song, to considerable effect wears its political heart on its sleeve.’ - Pat Boran

    ‘One of the warmest poets rocking around this little island of ours.’
    Alvy Carragher, Headstuff.org

    Author Biography

    Pete Mullineaux grew up in the UK but since 1991 has lived in Galway Ireland where he teaches development education through creative writing and drama. His work has been featured on RTE’s Arena and published in numerous international journals and anthologies. His three previous collections are: Zen Traffic Lights (Lapwing, 2005) A Father’s Day (Salmon, 2008) & Session (Salmon, 2011). He has also written for the stage and RTE radio and published several educational resources most recently Just a Second! Exploring Global Issues through Drama & Theatre (Afri 2015).

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    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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  • An Urgency of Stars

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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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The Man Booker International Prize 2017

The Man Booker International Prize has revealed the ‘Man Booker Dozen’ of 13 novels in contention for the 2017 prize, which celebrates the finest works of translated fiction from around the world.

The prize is awarded every year for a single book, which is translated into English and published in the UK. Both novels and short-story collections are eligible. The work of translators is equally rewarded, with the £50,000 prize divided between the author and the translator of the winning entry. In addition, each shortlisted author and translator will receive £1,000 each. The judges considered 126 books.

Of the 13 books nominated, the following are those titles available now from Kennys:

 

The Man Booker International Prize 2017 - The Longlist


 

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