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For the Love of Ireland

Edited by Susan Cahill


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: February 13, 2001
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-43419-7 (0-345-43419-6)

For the Love of Ireland collects work of Ireland's greatest writers within a travelogue. Author Susan Cahill walks the streets of Dublin with Jonathan Swift, James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, and Roddy Doyle, contemplates the glens of Wicklow with John Millington Synge and Seamus Heaney, wanders the Cliffs of Moher with Wallace... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Riddle of the Sands

Written by Erskine Childers
Introduction by Milton Bearden


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: December 10, 2002
Price: $9.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6614-5 (0-8129-6614-7)

While on a sailing trip in the Baltic Sea, two young adventurers-turned-spies uncover a secret German plot to invade England. Written by Childers—who served in the Royal Navy during World War I—as a wake-up call to the British government to attend to its North Sea defenses, The Riddle of the Sands... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Belfast Diary
War as a Way of Life
Written by John Conroy


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: June 30, 1995
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0217-9 (0-8070-0217-8)

Resolution of intractable problems around the world requires understanding ordinary people as well as leaders. This street-level view of Northern Ireland provides the best explanation of the twenty-five-year conflict.

“For those puzzled by Northern Ireland, Belfast Diary offers a well-written, sympathetic and clear-eyed view.” -New York Times Book Review

“Mr. Conroy’s account is... Read more >

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Reading in the Dark
A Novel
Written by Seamus Deane


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 24, 1998
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70023-1 (0-375-70023-4)

A New York Times Notable Book
Winner of the Guardian Fiction Prize
Winner of the Irish Times Fiction Award and International Award


“A swift and masterful transformation of family griefs and political violence into something at once rhapsodic and heartbreaking. If Issac Babel had been born in Derry, he might have written this sudden... Read more >

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The Commitments

Written by Roddy Doyle


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 17, 1989
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72174-1 (0-679-72174-6)

This funky, rude, unpretentious first novel traces the short, funny, and furious career of a group of working-class Irish kids who form a band, The Commitments. Their mission: to bring soul to Dublin! Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Oscar Wilde

Written by Richard Ellmann


Format: Trade Paperback, 736 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 5, 1988
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-75984-5 (0-394-75984-2)

"A master of the biographer's art...a distinguished book...Ellmann has the first, indispensable virtue of telling his story well--not just the big story but the lesser stories that lie coiled inside it."--New York Review of Books

"It is difficult to imagine a more comprehensive, measured and fascinating account."--Time Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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James Joyce's Ulysses

Written by Stuart Gilbert


Format: Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 12, 1955
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-70013-7 (0-394-70013-9)

With the passing of each year, Ulysses receives wider recognition and greater acclaim as a modern literary classic. To comprehend Joyce's masterpiece fully, to gain insight into its significance and structure, the serious reader will find this analytical and systematic guide invaluable. In this exegesis, written under Joyce's supervision, Stuart Gilbert... Read more >

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Irish Folktales

Written by Henry Glassie


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: February 11, 1997
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-77412-9 (0-679-77412-2)

Robust and funny, sorrowful and heroic, this collection of 125 lively tales tells the story of Ireland. Spanning the centuries from the first wars of the ancient Irish kings through the Celtic Renaissance of Yeats to our own time, they are set in cities, villages, fields and forestsfrom the wild Gaelic... Read more >

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Elizabeth Bowen

Written by Victoria Glendinning


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 5, 2006
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27740-4 (0-307-27740-2)

In this richly detailed biography, Victoria Glendinning brings alive the great Anglo-Irish novelist whose literary achievements were equaled only by her unbounded gift for living.

Taking us from Elizabeth Bowen's ancestral home in Ireland, Bowen’s Court, to Oxford where she met Yeats and Eliot, to her service as an air-raid warden... Read more >

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Juno & Juliet
A Novel
Written by Julian Gough


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 13, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72161-5 (0-385-72161-7)

Juno and Juliet Taylor are twin sisters heading off together to the University of County Galway. It’s the Irish girls first time away from home, and they’re looking forward to exploring much more than the library, learning much more than what the books will teach them. With the delightful ease and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Dubliners

Written by James Joyce


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 6, 1993
Price: $10.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73990-6 (0-679-73990-4)

With these fifteen stories James Joyce reinvented the art of fiction, using a scrupulous, deadpan realism to convey truths that were at once blasphemous and sacramental. The text of this edition has been newly edited by Hans Walter Gabler and Walter Hettche and is followed by a new afterword, chronology, and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, hardcover, hardcover, paperback and a trade paperback.

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Dubliners

Written by James Joyce
Introduction by Brenda Maddox


Format: Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: March 1, 1990
Price: $4.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-21380-5 (0-553-21380-6)

Dubliners is a landmark in modern literature, and one of the twentieth century's finest collections of short stories. In its remarkable portrait of a city and its people, it dramatizes ordinary life in the modern world. Together, the stories form one interwoven tapestry which provides a rich and subtle picture of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, hardcover, hardcover, trade paperback and a trade paperback.

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Joyce: Poems and a Play

Written by James Joyce


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: February 25, 2014
Price: $13.50
ISBN: 978-0-375-71233-3 (0-375-71233-X)

This selection of the major poems James Joyce published in his lifetime is accompanied by his only surviving play, Exiles.

Joyce is most celebrated for his remarkable novel Ulysses, and yet he was also a highly accomplished poet. Chamber Music is his debut collection of lyrical love poems, which he intended... Read more >

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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Written by James Joyce


Format: Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: January 1, 1992
Price: $4.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-21404-8 (0-553-21404-7)

Perhaps Joyce's most personal work, A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man depicts the intellectual awakening of one of literature's most memorable young heroes, Stephen Dedalus. Through a series of brilliant epiphanies that parallel the development of his own aesthetic consciousness, Joyce evokes Stephen's youth, from his impressionable years... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, eBook, hardcover and a trade paperback.

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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Written by James Joyce


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 6, 1993
Price: $10.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73989-0 (0-679-73989-0)

Joyce's supremely innovative fictional autobiography is also, in the apt phrase of biographer Richard Ellmann, nothing less than "the gestation of a soul." For as he describes the shabby, cloying, and sometimes terrifying Dublin upbringing of his alter ego, Stephen Dedalus, Joyce immerses the reader in his emerging consciousness, employing language... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, eBook, hardcover and a paperback.

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Ulysses

Written by James Joyce


Format: Trade Paperback, 816 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 16, 1990
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72276-2 (0-679-72276-9)

The revised edition follows the complete and unabridged text of Ulysses as corrected and reset in 1961. Like the first American edition of 1934, it also contains the original foreword by the author and the historic court ruling by Judge John M. Woolsey to remove the federal ban on the book... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, hardcover and a hardcover.

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Ulysses (Gabler Edition)

Written by James Joyce


Format: Trade Paperback, 680 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 12, 1986
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-74312-7 (0-394-74312-1)

The corrected text of one of the most important novels of the twentieth century, with a preface by distinguished Joyce scholar Richard Ellmann, a forword and a note on the text by Hans Walter Gabler, and an afterword by Michael Groden. Read more >

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Ma, He Sold Me for a Few Cigarettes
A Memoir of Dublin in the 1950s
Written by Martha Long


Format: Hardcover, 480 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: November 13, 2012
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-414-5 (1-60980-414-7)

When Martha Long’s feckless mother hooks up with the Jackser (“that bandy aul bastard”), and starts having more babies, the abuse and poverty in the house grow more acute. Martha is regularly sent out to beg and more often steal, and her wiles (as a child of 7, 8) are often... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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More Bread or I'll Appear

Written by Emer Martin


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 6, 2000
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72009-0 (0-385-72009-2)

In a young, brash, hip new voice that combines irony and nervous tenderness with a bold and provocative appeal, Emer Martin introduces us to an Irish family unlike any other.

With her father institutionalized, and her brother's uncanny string of near-death misses, it's left to 28-year-old Keelin to find her oldest sister... Read more >

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Let the Great World Spin
A Novel
Written by Colum McCann


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: November 30, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7399-0 (0-8129-7399-2)

Winner, 2009 National Book Award for Fiction
A 2009 New York Times Notable Book
A 2009 Booklist Editors’ Choice Selection
Winner, 2011 International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award

Selected for Common Reading at:
Boston College
Duke University
New York University
Fort Collins Reads (Fort Collins, CO)


In the dawning light of a late-summer morning, the people of lower Manhattan... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Notes from a Coma

Written by Mike McCormack


Format: Trade Paperback, 199 pages
Publisher: Soho Press
On Sale: March 5, 2013
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-61695-232-7 (1-61695-232-6)

JJ O’ Malley, adopted from a Romanian orphanage by a single father in the west of Ireland, grows up a permanent outsider, and yet he finds his place in the community. At least until his world is shaken by the death of his best friend, and he volunteers for the “Somnos... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Gone to Amerikay

Written by Derek Mcculloch
Illustrated by Colleen Doran


Format: Hardcover, 144 pages
Publisher: Vertigo
On Sale: April 3, 2012
Price: $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-4012-2351-9 (1-4012-2351-6)

Ciara O’Dwyer is a young woman raising a daughter alone in the Five Points slums of 1870; Johnny McCormack is a struggling actor drawn to the nascent folk music movement in Greenwich Village 1960; and Lewis Healy is a successful Irishman who’s come to present-day Manhattan on his wife’s anniversary-present promise... Read more >

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The Cripple of Inishmaan

Written by Martin McDonagh


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 8, 1998
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70523-6 (0-375-70523-6)

In 1934, the people of Inishmaan learn that the Hollywood director Robert Flaherty is coming to the neighboring island to film a documentary. No one is more excited than Cripple Billy, an unloved boy whose chief occupation has been gazing at cows and yearning for a girl who wants no part... Read more >

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All Will Be Well

Written by John McGahern


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 8, 2007
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7986-5 (1-4000-7986-1)

From award-winning author John McGahern, a memoir of his childhood in the Irish countryside and the beginnings of his life as a writer.

McGahern describes his early years as one of seven children growing up in rural County Leitrim, a childhood was marked by his father’s violent nature and the early death... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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By the Lake

Written by John McGahern


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 8, 2003
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74402-3 (0-679-74402-9)

Widely considered to be the finest Irish writer of fiction at work today, John McGahern gives us a new novel that, with insight, humor, and deep sympathy, brings to vivid life the world and the people of a contemporary Irish village.

It is a village flirting with the more sophisticated trappings of... Read more >
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