All We Shall Know by Donal Ryan – meeting on 7th March at 5pm

We have one of our favourite authors this month. Donal Ryan has some serious fans in this group. Lets see how his latest novel measures up!

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The girl on the train by Paula Hawkins

This book has been in the bestsellers for so long now. Let’s find out why.
“A complex and increasingly chilling tale….will wrong-foot even the most experienced of crime fiction readers” Irish Times
Meeting at 5pm on Tuesday 7th February

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Author Visit on 3rd January

Nuala O’Connor will be here on 3rd January at 5pm to discuss her very successful novel, Miss Emily. Nuala is well known Palmerstown, having grown up in Mill Lane, and as a daughter of local historian, Hugh o’Connor . We look forward to welcoming her as our first author of 2017

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The painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham. Meeting at 5pm on Tuesday 6th December.

In 1925, this book was published to storm of protest. It is a classic story of a woman’s spiritual awakening.
“Reveals many of Maugham’s strengths: an understanding of women, meticulous craftmanship and raw emotion” Daily Mail

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November meeting on 1st November at 5pm – The Green road by Anne Enright

Anne Enright is one of the writers speaking on Readers day on 15th October so we chose her latest book for this month. “This is storytelling, with the blood-pulse of lived gossip…..The Green Road is true and rueful, as terribly adult in its clarity as its battered Madigans” New yorker

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October meeting – Rebel sisters by Marita Conlon McKenna

Marita Conlon McKenna, famous for her famine trilogy for children, will be one of the guest authors at The red Line Book festival Readers day in Tallaght this year. We are reading her latest book, Rebel Sisters, which is based on the Gifford sisters and their tragic experiences in 1916 Ireland.
” Beautiful and moving…..historically true and fictionally vivid” Sunday Times. See you on Tuesday 4th October at 5pm

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Enjoy the Summer Break. Copies of Wolf Hall here if you want to have something to read over the holidays

Our meetings will resume a month earlier than usual on 2nd September so that the Wolf Hall readers can share their thoughts. I hope to have copies of Rebel Sisters by Marita Conlon-McKenna to give you to read for the october meeting. She is one of the authors speaking at The Red line Book festival in October….but more about that later….

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Trip to Belfast to meet Stuart Neville.

We are all reading Ratlines in anticipation of our trip to Ballyhackamore library in Belfast on 23rd May. The invitation from NI libraries is a great opportunity to meet other book clubs and share our reading experiences. It will be all the more interesting to actually meet the author Stuart Neville . He wrote Ratlines in 2012. Copies can be borrowed from here now. His latest novel, Those we left behind, was published in 2015. I have a few copies if you want to read more before the visit.
The next meeting, the last one before the Summer break, will go ahead on 7th June at the usual time.

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Our next book is Heft by Liz Moore. The meeting is at 5pm on Tuesday 3rd May

Liz Moore is a writer , musician, and teacher. Her debut novel, the words of every song, was published in 2007 and her latest , The Unseen World, was published just this year. We are reading her novel, Heft, published in 2012, which tells the story of Arthur Opp, a former academic who weighs 55o pounds and hasn’t left his Brooklyn home in 10 years. liz Moore is a professor at Holy Family University in Philadelpia and has been a winner in 2014 of The Rome prize in Literature.

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We welcome local author Christine Dwyer Hickey at the next meeting on the 5th April

Christine has a short story ,”The cat and the mouse” in the The long Gaze Back (ed by Sinead Gleeson). It is an anthology of 30 short stories by Irish women writers and the winner of The best Irish published book of the year 2015. Two other authors we have read ,Lia Mills and Nuala Ni Chonchuir , both have stories in the book.
Christine will also chat about The lives of Women which we read last November….a book very relevant to Palmerstown.

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