Dub Sub Confidential: A Goalkeeper’s Life with – and without – the Dubs by John Leonard

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Whether you are a sports fan or not, you will be gripped by this honest, funny, sad story of a footballer on the Dublin panel, living in the shadow of Stephen Cluxton.  Thought by many to be the outstanding sports memoir of 2015, I can but agree.

This is an account of what it’s like to find the one thing that you excel at in life and the frustrations of not being able to shine as you wish to do. The book grips you from page one, with it’s raw emotion and wit. John’s story is one of achievement, addiction and rehabilitation, but we are dealing with no saint here, rather a man who struggled with his demons and found a reason to pull back from the brink of destruction. What shines through is the importance of family and the support and love of John’s father, thorough all life’s ups and downs.

If you want a book that moves you to laughter and tears, a book that you cannot put down until you reach the end, then read this. Highly recommended!

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You can reserve a copy online at South Dublin Libraries’ catalogue here.

Brilliant Book Titles #14

Sometimes the simple titles are the best! #brilliantbooktitles

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You can reserve a copy online at South Dublin Libraries’ catalogue here.

Blurb:
WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU DISCOVER YOUR INSIGNIFICANT OTHER IS BECOMING MORE SIGNIFICANT THAN YOUR SPOUSE?

Richard Rossi works in HR at a Boston-based software company and prides himself on his understanding of the foibles and fictions we all use to get through the day. Too bad he s not as good at spotting such behavior in himself. What else could explain his passionate affair with Benjamin, a very unavailable married man? Richard is also not entirely available himself there s Conrad, his adorable if maddening partner to contend with. But when Conrad starts spending a suspicious amount of time in Ohio, and economic uncertainty challenges Richard’s chances for promotion, he realizes his priorities might be a little skewed

Brilliant Book Titles #13

Some titles require no explanation. #brilliantbooktitles.

(If you haven’t read The Oatmeal before, a lot of his comics are on his site here.)

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You can reserve a copy online at South Dublin Libraries’ catalogue here.

Blurb:
Cleverly whimsical yet oddly informative, The Oatmeal.com is an immensely popular site full of comics, quizzes and stories. This collection presents classic favourites as well as all-new hilarity with any never-before-seen comics, such as 8 Reasons to Keep a Canadian as a Pet, 6 Reasons Man Nipples Are Awesome & 5 Reasons to Have Rabies Instead of Babies.

Inman creates these quirky scenes for theoatmeal.com, which launched in July 2009 and already has more than 82 million page views. In fact, every 15 to 30 seconds, someone Google’s one of theoatmeal.com’s creations. Now, 60 of Inman’s comic illustrations and life-bending guides are presented in full-colour inside5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth (And Other Useful Guides).

Dissolution by C. J. Sansom

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Dissolution is the first of C. J. Sansom’s historical crime novels.  Set in 1537, Thomas Cromwell is doing his bit for the English Reformation by closing down papist institutions on the orders of King Henry VIII.  One of Cromwell’s commissioners is sent to the remote Scarnsea Monastery where he comes to a grisly end.  Enter Matthew Shardlake, lawyer and reformation enthusiast.  Shardlake is dispatched to Scarnsea to find out what happened to his predecessor and to ensure that Scarnsea is dissolved once and for all.

I have to say that I absolutely loved this book.  I am a fan of crime fiction but generally avoid historical fiction so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.  As someone whose knowledge of English history is patchy at best, I was absorbed in this story from start to finish.  The pacing is brilliant, the cast of characters intriguing and the protagonist extremely believable.  The author must have undertaken a huge amount of research before writing this book but I never felt as if I’d wandered into a history book.  I don’t think I’ve ever read a book where the research is incorporated so seamlessly – I really felt like I was there.  The writing is beautiful and I would have no hesitation in recommending this book.

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You can reserve a copy online at South Dublin Libraries’ catalogue here.

5 Summer Romances to Watch Out For

Looking for that perfect summer romance? Try these:
[All links below bring you to South Dublin Libraries’ online catalogue so you can reserve a copy]

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When I Lost You by Kelly Rimmer (21 April 2016)
Do you ever wish you had the chance to meet someone again for the first time?

When Leo and Molly met and married, they believed they were invincible. Together they could take on the world. But Leo,a war correspondent, lives for life on the edge, and when he takes a step into the unknown, tragedy strikes and he loses his memory. Molly rushes to help him fill in the gaps and soon they start falling in love all over again.

The trouble is, Molly is hiding something. Something big. The devoted wife at Leo’s bedside is a sham; Leo and Molly’s marriage was on the rocks long before Leo’s accident.

The closer Molly gets to her husband the more scared she becomes that he will remember. As Leo’s memory begins to trickle back will Molly lose the man she loves for a second time?

An emotional, heartbreaking read that will restore your faith in the power of love.

If you like to lose yourself in Jojo Moyes or Nicholas Sparks then you will love WHEN I LOST YOU, the deeply moving new novel from Kelly Rimmer.

What people are saying about When I Lost You:

‘A celebration of love …I was devastated when it ended’ Big Little Sister

This is one of those stories that plays like a movie in your mind. I was entirely invested in Molly and Leo and their struggle to put their marriage back together. I got teary eyed quite a few times. It’s a beautiful story of a marriage in jeopardy and the ultimate redemption of this storied couple. An unbelievable book and reading experience.A Hopeless Romantic’s Booklandia Blog

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A Family Scandal by Kitty Neale (21 April 2016)
**A gritty and emotional family drama, from the Sunday Times bestseller. Perfect for fans of Nadine Dorries and Katie Flynn.**

You can never leave a bad man behind…

Mavis Pugh has had a hard life. Despised and abused throughout her teenage years, she turned to the first man who showed her kindness. But her new husband, Alec, quickly revealed himself to be a violent bully.

When Mavis escapes from Alec, she thinks the worst is behind her. Moving to a large family house with her two children is more than she ever dreamed of, and when handsome sign-writer Tommy takes an interest in her, she can’t believe her luck.

But Alec is far from a distant memory and, unbeknown to Mavis, he’s watching her and her happy family closely. Just waiting for the right time to make his next – and final – move…

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The Little French Guesthouse by Helen Pollard (28 April 2016)
Sun, croissants and fine wine. Nothing can spoil the perfect holiday. Or can it?

When Emmy Jamieson arrives at La Cour des Roses, a beautiful guesthouse in the French countryside, she can’t wait to spend two weeks relaxing with boyfriend Nathan. Their relationship needs a little TLC and Emmy is certain this holiday will do the trick. But they’ve barely unpacked before he scarpers with Gloria, the guesthouse owner’s cougar wife.

Rupert, the ailing guesthouse owner, is shell-shocked. Feeling somewhat responsible, and rather generous after a bottle (or so) of wine, heartbroken Emmy offers to help. Changing sheets in the gîteswill help keep her mind off her misery.

Thrust into the heart of the local community, Emmy suddenly finds herself surrounded by new friends. And with sizzling hot gardener Ryan and the infuriating (if gorgeous) accountant Alain providing welcome distractions, Nathan is fast becoming a distant memory.

Fresh coffee and croissants for breakfast, feeding the hens in the warm evening light; Emmy starts to feel quite at home. But it would be madness to walk away from her friends, family, and everything she’s ever worked for, to take a chance on a place she fell for on holiday – wouldn’t it?

Fans of Jenny Colgan, Lucy Diamond and Nick Alexander will want to join Emmy for a glass of wine as the sun sets on the terrace at La Cour des Roses.

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The Apartment by Danielle Steel (5 May 2016)
They come together by chance in the heart of New York City, four young women at turning points in their lives. Claire finds the spacious loft apartment. But the aspiring shoe designer needs at least one roommate to manage the rent. She meets Abby, a writer trying to make it on her own, far from her successful family in L.A. Then Morgan joins them. She’s ambitious, with a serious finance job on Wall Street. Finally Sasha, a medical student. And so the sprawling space, with its exposed brick and rich natural light, becomes a home to friends about to embark on new exhilarating adventures.

Their shared life in the apartment turns them into a family of beloved friends. But as unexpected opportunities and challenges alter the course of each of their lives, they face the bittersweet reality that in time, they will inevitably move away from the place where their dreams began . . .

Danielle Steel is famous for her inspirational stories about family, love and life. Her novels will be enjoyed by readers of Penny Vincenzi, Jodi Picoult and Diane Chamberlain.

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Summer at Rose Island by Holly Martin (13 May 2016)
Fall in love with the gorgeous seaside town of White Cliff Bay this summer and enjoy long sunny days, beautiful beaches and… a little romance.

Darcy Davenport is ready for a fresh start. Determined to leave a string of disastrous jobs and relationships behind her, she can’t wait to explore White Cliff Bay and meet the locals.

When Darcy swims in the crystal clear waters of the bay, she discovers the charming Rose Island Lighthouse. But it’s not just the beautiful building that she finds so intriguing…

Riley Eddison doesn’t want change. Desperate to escape the memories of his past, he lives a life of solitude in the lighthouse. Yet he can’t help but notice the gorgeous woman who swims out to his island one day.

Darcy is drawn to the mysterious and sexy Riley, but when it seems the town is trying to demolish his home, she soon finds herself having to pick sides.

She’s fallen in love with White Cliff Bay. But is that all Darcy’s fallen for?

Pull up a deck chair, sink back with a bowl of strawberry ice cream and pick up the summer read you won’t be able to put down.

Discover the other books in the White Cliff Bay series, available now:
1. Christmas at Lilac Cottage
2. Snowflakes on Silver Cove

Read what everyone is saying about the White Cliff Bay series:
I loved this sweet and gentle holiday love story and the descriptions of the cottage and the village made me feel like I was in White Cliff myself.’ For the Love of Books

This whole book is just the most perfectly adorable, squishy, fluffy, festive, romantic and wonderful story!Paris Baker’s Book Nook

‘Holly’s stories are always filled with a little bit of magic and lots and lots strong relationships that make you all warm and fuzzy inside.’ Silke Reads and Writes

‘I literally devoured it in one sitting … absolutely bulging at the seams with feel good factor.Voracious Reader

‘I very quickly lost myself in the setting of White Cliff Bay which was just so gloriously magical.Book Addict Shaun

‘Holly Martin once again serves up a wonderful romance sprinkled with several laugh aloud moments and a generous offering of holiday magic!’ Kimberley’s Bookshelf

‘This story is a real beauty, written in a magical and unique way. It’s a festive, beautiful and gripping feel-good read, perfect to snuggle up to on the sofa, with a lot of LOL moments and other memorable scenes.’ Sky’s Book Corner

A compelling, plot -driven, heart-warming, emotional and hilarious read from a very talented and authentic voice in commercial fiction – highly recommended.’ On My Bookshelf

Holly Martin has the ability to transport me into a big fat daydream for a few hundred pages … Fabulous with a capital F! Best Crime Books and More

I loved everything about this book … will certainly have you looking forward to one of the most magical days of the year.By the Letter Book Reviews

‘I highly recommend this book, it’s wonderful… and when you’ve finished reading you feel all content and warm and smiley.Rather Too Fond of Books

 

 

 

 

One by Sarah Crossan

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Sarah Crossan is one of my favourite authors at the moment so when I heard this book was coming out I really wanted to read it. The book is in verse and it really adds to story emotionally as well as making it stand out.

 “One” is a story about twins Grace and Tippy. They are home schooled but their father is unemployed and their mother is made redundant. This book joins them as they start main stream school, Grace falls in love, they make new friends, they start new classes but they are also very different to everyone else- they are conjoined twins.

The book is told from the perspective of Grace and we see her ups and downs, her fears and worries. The sisters can never escape the stares and comments of people but also they can never get away from each other and considering their personalities are completely different his proves to be one of the most difficult things of all. Everything Tippi does affects Grace and everything Grace does has a knock on effect on Tippi. When Tippi starts to get sick however, the twins are faced with a terrible decision

This book is aimed at young adults but adults will equally enjoy it- I read it almost in one go from cover to cover.

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This book has just won the CBI (Children’s Book Ireland) Book of the Year 2016!

You can reserve a copy on South Dublin Libraries’ catalogue online here.

Brilliant Book Titles #12

– “I’m not sure what this book does.”

– “It explains things.”

A fabulously over-sized book by comics artist and science junkie, Randall Munroe. Also, if you haven’t, you should check out xkcd right now.

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You can reserve a copy online at South Dublin Libraries’ catalogue here.

Blurb:
From the No. 1 bestselling author of What If? – the man who created xkcd and explained the laws of science with cartoons – comes a series of brilliantly simple diagrams (‘blueprints’ if you want to be complicated about it) that show how important things work: from the nuclear bomb to the biro.

It’s good to know what the parts of a thing are called, but it’s much more interesting to know what they do. Richard Feynman once said that if you can’t explain something to a first-year student, you don’t really get it. In Thing Explainer, Randall Munroe takes a quantum leap past this: he explains things using only drawings and a vocabulary of just our 1,000 (or the ten hundred) most common words.

Many of the things we use every day – like our food-heating radio boxes (‘microwaves’), our very tall roads (‘bridges’), and our computer rooms (‘datacentres’) – are strange to us. So are the other worlds around our sun (the solar system), the big flat rocks we live on (tectonic plates), and even the stuff inside us (cells). Where do these things come from? How do they work? What do they look like if you open them up? And what would happen if we heated them up, cooled them down, pointed them in a different direction, or pressed this button?

In Thing Explainer, Munroe gives us the answers to these questions and many, many more. Funny, interesting, and always understandable, this book is for anyone — age 5 to 105 — who has ever wondered how things work, and why.

 

Brilliant Book Titles #11

Love the cover too!

#brilliantbooktitles

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You can reserve a copy online at South Dublin Libraries’ catalogue here.

Blurb:
SHORTLISTED FOR THE BAILEYS’ WOMEN’S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2016

LONGLISTED FOR THE DESMOND ELLIOT PRIZE 2016

LONGLISTED FOR THE DYLAN THOMAS PRIZE 2016

LONGLISTED FOR THE THEAKSTONS OLD PECULIAR CRIME NOVEL OF THE YEAR

‘The Glorious Heresies heralds the arrival of a glorious, foul-mouthed, fizzing new talent’ SUNDAY TIMES

‘Totally and unmistakably the real deal’ KEVIN BARRY

‘A real stunner; a wild ride of a read’ DONAL RYAN

‘A gripping and often riotously funny tale’ COLIN BARRETT

‘A punchy, edgy, sexy, fizzing feast of a debut novel’ JOSEPH O’CONNOR

‘He was definitely dead, whoever he was. He wore a once-black jumper and a pair of shiny tracksuit bottoms. The back of his head was cracked and his hair matted, but it had been foxy before that. A tall man, a skinny rake, another string of piss, now departed. She hadn’t gotten a look at his face before she flaked him with the Holy Stone and she couldn’t bring herself to turn him over.’

One messy murder affects the lives of five misfits who exist on the fringes of Ireland’s post-crash society. Ryan is a fifteen-year-old drug dealer desperate not to turn out like his alcoholic father Tony, whose obsession with his unhinged next-door neighbour threatens to ruin him and his family. Georgie is a prostitute whose willingness to feign a religious conversion has dangerous repercussions, while Maureen, the accidental murderer, has returned to Cork after forty years in exile to discover that Jimmy, the son she was forced to give up years before, has grown into the most fearsome gangster in the city. In seeking atonement for the murder and a multitude of other perceived sins, Maureen threatens to destroy everything her son has worked so hard for, while her actions risk bringing the intertwined lives of the Irish underworld into the spotlight . . .

Biting, moving and darkly funny, The Glorious Heresies explores salvation, shame and the legacy of Ireland’s twentieth-century attitudes to sex and family.

Black Flowers by Steve Mosby

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This is not the story about a little girl who disappears…
This is the story of a little girl who comes back, carrying a black flower and a horrific story of where she’s been…
And telling the story will unleash a chain reaction of deadly events…

I was hooked on this book from the minute I started reading it.Stories past & present are interlinked in this well constructed tale. It is tense and gripping-often uncomfortable reading- and the relationship between fiction and reality can be difficult to discern.

The plot is original – and chilling. A real page turner!

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You can reserve a copy online at South Dublin Libraries’ catalogue here.

BONUS POST – 5 Junior Novels to Watch Out For

Here’s five new and forthcoming junior books that we know are going to be really popular!

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The Return (Spirit Animals, Fall of the Beast, Book 3) by Varian Johnson
(26 Apr 2016)
Split between two worlds, Conor, Abeke, Meilin, and Rollan are four young heroes who are racing to stop an ancient evil. Even the spirit animal bond, the sacred link between humans and animals, is on the brink of destruction.
The friends face an enemy with the power to enslave others to its will-and to steal spirit animals away from their rightful partners. With their own allies falling to this darkness, the four must look to their bonds to light the way forward.
But one of those lights is about to go out. Briggan, Uraza, Jhi, and Essix. Before their journey is over, one of these legends will be lost.

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The World of Norm: Includes Delivery by Jonathan Meres (5 May 2016)
Norm knew it was going to be one of those days when he lost his house…

But even when he finds it, things don’t get much better. What could be worse than imagining your parents at a salsa dancing event – with your best friend?! Norm’s not sure what’s got into Mikey, but he suspects hormones may be involved. Flipping typical!

The TENTH hilarious title in this award-winning, laugh-out-loud series. For fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and David Walliams.

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The World’s Worst Children by David Walliams (19 May 2016)
From the world’s favourite author, David Walliams – ten cautionary tales and a delightfully dreadful cast of characters; all in a gorgeously gifty FULL COLOUR format!

Are you ready to meet the World’s Worst Children? Five beastly boys and five gruesome girls!

• Like Sofia Sofa – a TV super-fan so stuck to the sofa that she’s turning into one!

• Or Dribbling Drew – a boy whose drool gets him into trouble on a school trip!

• And not forgetting Blubbering Bertha – a girl who bawls and tells terrible tales!

Also featuring a special appearance from fan-favourite Raj!

From Number One bestselling author David Walliams comes this collection of wickedly funny, deliciously mischievous tales, illustrated in glorious colour by the artistic genius Tony Ross.

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Night Monkey, Day Monkey by Julia Donaldson (board book, 2 Jun 2016)
Julia Donaldson’s beloved rhyming picture book story about two monkeys who are as different as night and day yet still learn to be friends – with adorable, sumptuous illustrations from Lucy Richards. Now in a gorgeous and durable board book format with a luxury hardback cover, perfect for little hands.

Night Monkey and Day Monkey don’t think they have much in common. But when they each spend time in the other’s opposite worlds, they learn a lot – and they also learn to be the best of friends.

One of the finest stories from Julia Donaldson, the author behind The GruffaloRoom on the Broom,The Scarecrow’s Wedding and What the Ladybird Heard. Full of fun and food for thought, Night Monkey, Day Monkey is beautifully illustrated by Lucy Richards.

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Oi Frog! by Kes Gray & Jim Field (board book, 14 Jul 2016)
Now available as a board book this original rhyming story is jam-packed with animals and silliness and will have the youngest of readers in fits of laughter.

Cats sit on mats, hares sit on chairs, mules sit on stools and gofers sit on sofas, but Frog does not want to sit on a log!

From the award-winning Kes Gray and the winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, Jim Field, comes an hilarious rhyming tale about a frog who discovers that all animals have their special places to sit!

‘An absolute treat.’ – Daily Mail
‘Hilarious illustrations and rhymes which are easy to recite and join in. Everyone will love it.’ – Guardian

Kes was voted by the Independent as one of the TOP TEN children’s authors and he is the author of the award-winning Eat Your Peas and winner of the Red House Children’s Book Award. Jim’s first picture book Cats Ahoy! won the Roald Dahl Funny Prize.