Here are the most borrowed books from Irish libraries in 2018

All 20 of the most borrowed books were titles aimed at children with the Harry Potter series still proving hugely popular.

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Author Stefanie Preissner on why there’s no place like home

Stefanie Preissner takes Siobhan Howe on a trip down memory lane in her native Mallow, and explains why the town will always be home to her.

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Harris returns 20 years later to magical characters of ‘Chocolat’

Bestselling author Joanne Harris talks about the surprise of her success and how life has changed for both herself and her characters. But this is not a sequel, she tells Hannah Stephenson.

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Review: Murder of Garcia Lorca gives backdrop to chilling tale

The title is taken from Federica García Lorca’s poem Canción de Jinete and the poet’s work permeates the novel as a motif and it is his unsolved murder which sparks off the plot of this thriller.

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Portrait of a piano man of Yarmouk

A collaborative effort makes ‘The Pianist of Yarmouk’ a clunky read, but that doesn’t take from the fact that this is a great story and provides a vital piece in the jigsaw of the Syrian war, writes Josephine Fenton.

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Author Sinéad Gleeson offers a masterclass in the restrictions suffered by Irish women

One of Ireland’s busiest writers, Sinéad Gleeson’s book about bodies is a fascinating collection of essays about a life hit by serious illness. She spoke to Sue Leonard.

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We Sell Books: ‘Every book bought online impacts not just local business, but the community’

Louisa Cameron owns Raven Books in Blackrock, Co Dublin. It sells new and second-hand books.

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New book by Bret Easton Ellis challenges the Trump-baiters and public shamers

The first time 55-year-old American writer Bret Easton Ellis hit Ireland was in 1999.

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Festival review: Towers and Tales at Lismore Castle

Is there better setting in the whole wide world for a children’s book festival than Lismore Castle on a sunny day?

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Remembering Harper Lee's words on her birthday

Literary enthusiasts have been paying tribute to Harper Lee on what would be her 93rd birthday.

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We Sell Books: 'I nearly cried. How could you get to your late twenties without being in a bookshop?'

The Bookstór at Newman’s Mall in Kinsale, Co Cork, is owned by Stuart Gallagher, and run by Helen O’Connell and Heather Maiden. The book sells new and second-hand books. We spoke to Helen O’Connell.

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When cities attack: Mortal Engines author Philip Reeve to visit Ireland

Mortal Engines author Philip Reeve tops the bill at the Towers and Tales festival in Lismore, writes Marjorie Brennan.

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Celebrating books and reading: Power of words

It is not necessary to have a dark view of our world to imagine that humanity is becoming a subservient adjunct to ever-more incongruous, unavoidable technology.

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Ian McEwan's new novel takes on the robots

Ian McEwan’s latest novel features synthetic humans that are that bit too evolved for comfort, writes Hannah Stephenson

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We sell books: Sisters are doing it for themselves

SISTERS Kate Smyth and Marney Smyth Fischer have recently taken over the Bantry Bookshop, which was also previously run by siblings — Margaret O’Neill and her sister Joan.

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Greg's best friend Rowley is the hero of the new Wimpy Kid book

Jeff Kinney has brought a new character to the fore in the latest instalment of his Wimpy Kid books, writes Hannah Stephenson

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Putting a twist in the tale: Author Jeffery Deaver on life as a renowned thriller writer

The Bone Collector was turned into a hit film, but Jeffery Deaver has 34 more novels under his belt, writes Richard Fitzpatrick

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Celina Buckley is bringing Irish mythology to children’s books

Cork author Celina Buckley has launched her debut take on Irish legends, writes Marjorie Brennan

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Books: From feminism to failing bodies

There is a strong feminist sensibility in Laurence McKeown’s debut collection of poems, written during (and after) his incarceration in the H-Blocks of Long Kesh where he almost died, having been on hunger strike for 70 days.

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Charlotte weaves a wickedly funny web in stunning sequel

‘She made them laugh’, would make a good epitaph for Charlotte Bingham, with her follow up to last year’s fictionised memoir about her time, in the 50s, working for MI5, writes Sue Leonard

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A necessary read: 'Antisemitism: Here and Now'

Although undermined by its structure, and debatable points presented as unchallenged truths, Deborah Lipstadt’s book exposing bigotry and hate suffered by Jews is an essential read, writes Ronan Breathnach.

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Why the secret to success is admitting your failures

Instead of politicians and institutions hiding and denying their mistakes, they should be honest and own up to their vulnerabilities. Then we would trust them.

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The big picture: Ruby Wax back on the road

Ruby Wax is back on the road – and her live show sees her share the stage with a monk and a neuroscientist. Intrigued? So was Pat Fitzpatrick...

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Getting your message across and making your words stick

Dr Jared Cooney-Horvath tells Áilín Quinlan that most of the conversations we have with people really do go in one ear and out the other. His new book offers some tips on how to get your words to stick

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Jeff Kinney holds a mirror up to childhood with Wimpy Kid series

When he decided he just wasn't good enough to be a newspaper cartoonist, Jeff Kinney decided he had to find another way to get his illustrations published. It would be the origins of publishing phenomenon, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, he tells Rowena Walsh.

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We Sell Books: ‘It’s a real privilege to foster their love of reading and books’

Éibhleann Ní Ghríofa runs Scéal Eile bookshop in Ennis, Co Clare with her husband Pat Hynes writes Marjorie Brennan.

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From Lahore to Castlebar: The International Dublin Literary Award Shortlist

Ten novels from a wide-ranging group of authors have just been announced on the shortlist for the International Dublin Literary Award. Marjorie Brennan assesses the books in the running for the €100,000 prize.

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We Sell Books: ‘We’re extremely busy with confirmation and communion’

Vicky Leng, from Ballinlough in Cork, is manager of the Veritas store on Carey’s Lane in Cork.

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Mother’s Day reads: 9 of the most engaging mother and child relationships in fiction

Good, bad or bizarre, these books nail the strange and wonderful bonds we have with our mothers.

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Debut novel inspired by refugee crisis wins children’s book prize

The Boy At The Back Of The Class was described as a ‘future classic’.

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People are sharing their favourite poems for #WorldPoetryDay

Today marks World Poetry Day and everyone, from Unicef to Spotify, are getting involved online.

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Irish author’s mental health memoir shortlisted for prize

An Irish author has been shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize, an annual British award celebrating the best new books that illuminate how health, medicine and illness touches our lives.

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Cork author wins one of the world’s most lucrative literary awards

Author Danielle McLaughlin plans to immerse herself in writing after winning one of the world’s most lucrative literary awards.

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Cork poet clearing the path to creative output

Poet Mary Noonan whose second collection, Stone Girl, has just been published, says that working as a lecturer in UCC’s French Department, means that she has to clear her head of “academic stuff” in order to write creatively.

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Cork writer lands prestigious prize worth $165,000

Danielle McLaughlin became the third Irish writer in recent years to win the Windham-Campbell Prize.

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Shortlist for Irish novel prize announced

Five novels have been shortlisted for the 2019 Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year at Listowel Writers’ Week, with a shared prize fund of €19,000, one of the biggest in Ireland.

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The Professional Worrier: How to manage anxiety and home and at work

Frances Gleeson talks to Stewart Geddes about his new book, The Professional Worrier, and finds out how to manage anxiety at home and at work

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A brush with Devine inspiration: Exclusive extract from Colm O'Regan's new book

In this exclusive extract from Colm O’Regan’s new book, ‘Ann Devine Ready for Her Close-Up’, mammy and daughter tiptoe through the social niceties of the community meeting and ponder the fate of the bats.

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Cecelia Ahern confirms sequel to 'PS I Love You'

Author Cecelia Ahern has confirmed she has written a sequel to her debut novel, 'PS I Love You'.

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‘The Harry Potter revolution was a huge boon to reading’

Vinny Browne is manager of Charlie Byrne’s in Galway, one of Ireland’s best-known independent bookshops.

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Corkman's novel about teenage mental health shortlisted for major book award

A book by Corkman Cethan Leahy about teenage mental health is one of ten titles shortlisted for a major Irish book award.

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Getting kids washed, getting kids dressed, getting kids fed, getting kids to sleep. And repeat

The title - ‘The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read’ - is catchy if nothing else, but Philippa Perry’s parenting book delivers on everything it promises, writes mum of two Suzanne Harrington.

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Novel idea gives readers a clear picture of island’s past

An island community off the south-west coast has come up with a novel way of raising money, while also educating visitors about its past.

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The feedback Emma Hannigan’s editor was never able to give

Ciara Doorley was Emma Hannigan’s editor for nine years. The author passed away before the publishing house was able to give feedback on her final novel, ‘The Gift of Friends’. Here, Ciara writes the letter she was never able to send.

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Children’s book about Syrian refugee wins Blue Peter award

Onjali Q Rauf’s The Boy At The Back Of The Class won best story in the 2019 Blue Peter Book Awards.

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Books are delightful as they are – don't fall in the trap of competitive reading

My happiest times in childhood were spent reading the books of E. Nesbit, C.S. Lewis and Joan Aiken, writes Sally O'Reilly.

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‘It took me to a different world’: Sports stars reveal their favourite reads on World Book Day

To mark World Book Day, we asked Irish sports stars for their favourite reads.

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Dubray Books looking to expand its store network

Dubray Books is planning to expand its shop numbers and upgrade its online offering after a strong year.

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Read all about it: What to give your kids for World Book Day

Ahead of World Book Day, Ailin Quinlan rounds up the best reads for kids

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'Writing is not an easy job': Author Edna O'Brien hurt when first book banned in Ireland

Celebrated author Edna O’Brien has admitted that the banning of her first novel in Ireland on its publication in 1960 hurt her “because writing is not an easy job.”

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WE SELL BOOKS: 'People working in the shop have so many interests'

John Breen has been a bookseller with Waterstones in Cork for 25 years.

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Not quite Dublin's rare oul times in Douglas Kennedy's new novel

American author Douglas Kennedy doesn’t construct a flattering portrait of Dublin in his new novel, writes Alan O’Riordan

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Ros na Rún actor's book tells tales of a Navan brothel

Domhnall O’Donoghue tells Marjorie Brennan about the inspiration for his second novel, Colin and the Concubine

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WE SELL BOOKS: Joy of being in the Gutter

Bob Johnston, originally from Brighton, is the owner of the Gutter Bookshop, one of Ireland’s leading independent bookshops, which has two branches in Dublin, in Temple Bar and Dalkey, writes Marjorie Brennan.

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Irish author's mental illness memoir on book prize list

A searing memoir of mental illness, depression and recovery by an Irish author has reached the long-list of this year’s Wellcome book Prize.

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We Sell Books: ‘Romance rules the world’

John Coffey runs Uneeda Bookshop at 71, Oliver Plunkett St in Cork. The shop sells second-hand books and also vinyl records, cassettes, CDs and DVDs, writes Majorie Brennan.

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Notes to Self by Emilie Pine named An Post Irish Book of the Year 2018

Notes to Self by Emilie Pine named An Post Irish Book of the Year 2018

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The Power of Small can change it all: Why it's important to let go of your new year's resolutions

Feeling bad about those new year’s resolutions? Psychologists Trish and Aisling Leonard-Curtin tell Geraldine Walsh why it’s important to let them go.

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Let’s hear it for the girls: New book celebrates Cork's Scoil Mhuire

A new book celebrates the pioneering educators who founded Cork’s Scoil Mhuire, writes Ellie O’Byrne, where past pupils include actress Fiona Shaw, knitwear designer Bébhinn Marten and TV presenter Clodagh McKenna.

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