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15 New Books To Read This Month

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Fifteen new Irish and international books hot off the press and a gift idea for bookworms …

Nick Hornby has said of his new book Just Like You “It’s one of my favourite topics – people connecting with each other against all odds, across different backgrounds of class or age or race, and finding out what a surprising amount they share with each other.” It’s riveting Rose Tremain’s Islands of Mercy, set in 1860s, links an eccentric philanthropist on the island of Borneo with a young woman in Bath who has healing hands  The Glorious Guinness Girls by Emily Hourican is based on the lives of society butterflies Aileen, Maureen and Oonagh Guinness and the love affairs, secrets and tragedies surrounding their life in London during the Roaring 1920s …  Read Ryan Holiday’s Lives of the Stoics to pick up tips for living and learning how to be indifferent to the things we cannot control  Fans of The Kite Runner will be inspired by Eva Nour’s The Stray Cats of Homs, a debut novel about the true story of one boy’s life in Syria 

Sophie Hanna uses her experience of crime writing in Happiness A Mystery: And 66 Attempts to Solve It, in which she weaves much loved poems and humorous observations from her own life  Jacqui Hurley’s Girls Play Too is one for young mums to read with their daughters about Irish female sporting stars  More famous Irish men and women are interviewed and painted by Noreen Taylor in Celebrating The Irish  Louise O’Neill’s account of coercive control in a marriage is chilling in After The Silence  Marilynne Robinson returns to the world of Gilead with Jack, a fraught yet beautiful tale about an interracial relationship between two preachers’ children … Robert Galbraith’s (aka JK Rowling) Troubled Blood is the next instalment of the compelling Cormorant Strike detective novels  Dermot Bolger’s first short story collection Secrets Never Told explores what binds and what breaks family dynamics  “The Queen of Change” Julia Cameron’s classic guide The Artist’s Way has been reissued with a workbook to help fulfil creativity projects this autumn  Susanna Clarke’s Piranesi about a madman in a strange house has been described as “a literary event”, given the impact of her first book Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell (published in 2004)  The Dublin Art Book The City Through The Eyes of Its Artists edited by Emma Bennett is a lovely gift idea  So too is Waterford-based The Book Resort a subscription company which sends new books, choccies and a wellness surprise to recipients; www.thebookresort.ie.

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