How to Stop Time by Matt Haig

Let’s do some time travel! Meeting on Tuesday 4th September at 5pm. New members welcome

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An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Meeting will be at 5pm on Tuesday 7th August in the library. This book was selected for Oprah’s Book Club 2018 and is currently in the Irish Best sellers List.

“It’s among Tayari’s many gifts that she can touch us soul to soul with her words.” Oprah Winfrey.

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My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout.

“Writing of this quality comes from a commitment to listening, from a perfect attunement to the human condition, from an attention to reality so exact that it goes beyond a skill and becomes a virtue”. Hilary Mantel.

Meeting will be at 5pm on Tuesday 5th July. Copies available in the library now.

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The real Charlotte by Somerville and Ross

I have chosen this book to compliment the Irish Women writers and The big House Series we are running during May and June in The Coach House.

Terrence Dooley will kick start the series on the 2nd May at 7.30pm with a talk on Significant dates in the history of The Big House so that we have a good overview of the period these books were written. From then, Roslyn Hickey will pick up the book studies:

9th May Castle Rackrent by Maria Edgeworth

23rd May The Real Charlotte by Somerville and Ross

6th June The Last September by Elizabeth Bowen

20th June Good Behaviour by Mollie Keane

Our club will attend the 23rd May session at 7pm to discuss The real Charlotte 

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Christine Dwyer Hickey visit in The Coach House on Tuesday 10th April

Christine , who hails from Palmerstown, won the Short Story competition in last years Irish Book Awards with “Back to Bones” joined us for a most interesting and entertaining afternoon. The book club invited the Mill Lane Writers along to listen to the experienced voice of a well established writer. Also, we were also treated to a reading from her new book which will be published next year.  Best wishes to Christine on the new book and thanks for an enjoyable couple of hours from all our readers and writers.

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The Garden of Evening mists by Tan Twan Eng – meeting at 5pm on Tuesday 6th March

“….an elegant and haunting novel of war, art and memory…it’s beauty never comes to rest.” Boyd Tonkin, The Independent. Tan Twan Eng was born in Malaysia. His debut novel, The Gift of Rain, was longlisted for The Man Booker in 2007.  This is his second novel which made it’s way to the shortlist in 2012.

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Midwinter break by Bernard MacLaverty

It’s been 16 years since Bernard MacLaverty  last published a novel. With his new book, The Midwinter break,  he won the Easons Book Club Novel of the year at the Bord Gais Energy 2017 Book Awards.  This book dissects the long standing marriage of a mature couple on a trip to Amsterdam. It may lead to an interesting discussion on the 6th February

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The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood has been going through a bit of a revival with some of her earlier books having hit the screen in recent months…The Handmaids Tale and Alias Grace. Perhaps this one will be next. The Blind Assassin won the Booker in 2000. Happy reading over Christmas. We will reconvene on Tuesday 2nd January at 5pm for a special Nollaig na mBan meeting ……

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The Ginger Man by J.P. Donleavey

As a tribute to the writer JP Donleavey who died in September 2017,  we will read his controversial book published and banned in the 1950’s.  Will it stand the test of time? Meeting at 5pm on Tuesday 5th December

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Solar Bones by Mike McCormack

“Once a year on All Souls Day, it is said the dead may return. Solar Bones is the story of one such visit home”

This book was long listed for 2017 Man Booker Prize and the winner of the Goldsmith prize as well as being the winner of the Bord Gais Energy Book awards Book of the year. We meet at the earlier than usual time of 4pm on Tuesday  7th November to discuss Solar Bones .

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