TransAtlantic by Colum McCann

Newfoundland, 1919. Two aviators—Jack Alcock and Arthur Brown—set course for Ireland as they attempt the first nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean, placing their trust in a modified bomber to heal the wounds of the Great War. Dublin, 1845 and ’46. On an international lecture tour in support of his subversive autobiography, Frederick Douglass finds the Irish people sympathetic to the abolitionist cause—despite the fact … Continue reading TransAtlantic by Colum McCann

This Week in Books: 09-03-2016

This week in books is a weekly meme hosted by Lipsy Lost and Found. It asks what you’ve read recently, what you’re currently reading and what’s at the top of your TBR pile. Taking on a World of Words runs something similar called WWW Wednesday. What I’ve Finished:   This week I finish my reread of Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (without throwing it against the … Continue reading This Week in Books: 09-03-2016

Walk the Blue Fields by Claire Keegan

A long-haired woman moves into the priest’s house and sets fire to his furniture. That Christmas, the electricity goes out. A forester mortgages his land and goes off to a seaside town looking for a wife. He finds a woman eating alone in the hotel. A farmer wakes half-naked and realises the money is almost gone. And in the title story, a priest waits on … Continue reading Walk the Blue Fields by Claire Keegan

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

One of the most passionate and heartfelt novels ever written, Wuthering Heights tells of the relationship between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, the orphan boy her father adopted and brought to Wuthering Heights when they were children. While Catherine forms a deep attachment to Heathcliff, her brother Hindley despises him as a rival. Heathcliff becomes torn between love for Catherine and the rage and humiliation he suffers. … Continue reading Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

This Week in Books: 02-03-2016

This week in books is a weekly meme hosted by Lipsy Lost and Found. It asks what you’ve read recently, what you’re currently reading and what’s at the top of your TBR pile. Taking on a World of Words runs something similar called WWW Wednesday. What I’ve Finished: I’ve actually made good progress this week, largely due to being off work sick. I completed Half a … Continue reading This Week in Books: 02-03-2016

What I’ll Be Reading for Begorrathon 2016

Reading Ireland Month aka Begorrathon (hosted by the wonderful Cathy at 746 Books and Niall at The Fluff is Raging) has begun, so I’ve been trying to decide what books I will read. After much deliberation I’ve decided on 5 books which have been sitting on my shelves for far too long. Transatlantic by Colum McCann This one has been sitting on shelf for far … Continue reading What I’ll Be Reading for Begorrathon 2016

Top 5 Irish Books from the Past Year

With Reading Ireland Month aka Begorrathon (hosted by the wonderful Cathy at 746 Books and Niall at The Fluff is Raging) kicking off, I’m trying to decide what books I will read. While trying to decide I took a look back at my favourite Irish books from the past year. 1. A History of Loneliness by John Boyne John Boyne is best known for his children’s … Continue reading Top 5 Irish Books from the Past Year