How to be human: the manual by Ruby Wax

This book fits nicely with First Fortnight , the European Mental health art and culture Festival in January. Ruby wax, comedian, writer, poster girl for Mental Health in the UK gives us an insight on how to train our minds. Meeting is at 5pm on Tuesday 5th February. All welcome.

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The Christmas secret by Karen Swan

Karen Swan has written a few Christmas books before this one. This could be just the book to take you gently through the holidays especially after some of the serious topics we covered in recent book choices.

“Deliciously glamorous, irresistibly romantic…..” Hello!

Happy Christmas everyone. See you all on 8th Jan at 5pm

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White Chrysanthemum by Mary Lynn Bracht.

This was a book suggestion from within the group. It came with a warning that while the content is harrowing,  it is an important book. The meeting is at 5pm on Tuesday 4th December in the library.

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Becoming Belle by Nuala O’Connor *Author visit on 6th November*

We are delighted to welcome back Nuala to the book club meeting this month with her latest novel , Becoming Belle. Her last book, Miss Emily, was very well received when Nuala was here last and I am sure this one will not disappoint.. the meeting will be at 5.30pm in The Coach House. All welcome.

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The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

Next meeting is at 5pm on Tuesday 2nd October. This best seller is based on the true story of Lale Sokolov. “Terrible though this story is, it is also one of hope, of courage – and of love.”

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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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