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Irish Book Week

Irish Book Week 2023 takes place 14 – 21 October. The week celebrates Irish authors, publishers, and Irish interest books, as well as the many brilliant bookshops that sell them.

The Ruin

The Cormac Reilly Series: Book #1

By: Dervla McTiernan
Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
Length: 10 hours 24 minutes

“In a thrilling debut police procedural, Dervla McTiernan's The Ruin introduces readers to honest and likeable Cormac Reilly, a 20 year veteran detective recently relocated to Galway, Ireland trying to figure out where he fits in at his new police station. Tasked with closing cold case files, Reilly's investigation of a case from his rookie days... Read more

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Hani and Ishu's Guide to Fake Dating

By: Adiba Jaigirdar
Narrated by: Reena Dutt & Shubhangi Karmakar
Length: 9 hours 35 minutes

Everyone likes Humaira "Hani" Khan―she’s easy going and one of the most popular girls at school. But when she comes out to her friends as bisexual, they invalidate her identity, saying she can’t be bi if she’s only dated guys. Panicked, Hani blurts out that she’s in a relationship…with a girl her friends absolutely hate―Ishita "Ishu" Dey. Ishu... Read more

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Trespasses

A Novel

By: Louise Kennedy
Narrated by: Bríd Brennan
Length: 8 hours 58 minutes

“This book takes place in Northern Ireland during The Troubles and tells the story of a Catholic schoolteacher named Cushla who begins an affair with a married Protestant man. The tensions in Cushla’s community are excruciating, especially knowing that they are heartbreakingly real. This book examines a broken world with an honesty and compassion... Read more

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The Queen of Dirt Island

A Novel

By: Donal Ryan
Narrated by: Emma Lowe
Length: 6 hours 44 minutes

“The lives of the Aylward women of Tipperary. A celebration of love and four generations. Superb writing, fast paced but scrumptious thoughts. I loved every very short chapter. Ah! those brooding Irishmen and their uplifting tales. Read more

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After You’d Gone

By: Maggie O'Farrell
Narrated by: Elle Newlands
Length: 11 hours 58 minutes

Alice Raikes takes a train from London to Scotland to visit her family, but when she gets there she witnesses something so shocking that she insists on returning to London immediately. A few hours later, Alice is lying in a coma after an accident that may or may not have been a suicide attempt. Alice’s family gathers at her bedside and as they... Read more

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The Rachel Incident

A novel

By: Caroline O'Donoghue
Narrated by: Tara Flynn
Length: 9 hours 22 minutes

“Funny and clever with a depth that makes you say … ohhh this is a really good book!!! Read more

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Beautiful World, Where Are You

A Novel

By: Sally Rooney
Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
Length: 10 hours 3 minutes

“I think I've found my preferred format of Rooney—the audiobook. Aoife McMahon narrates all three of Rooney's works and is super consistent. She makes every book unique and her voice is super compelling. Rooney's characters always frustrate me but there is something about her writing and her imperfect characters that hooks me every time. Alice... Read more

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Did Ye Hear Mammy Died?

A Memoir

By: Séamas O'Reilly
Narrated by: Séamas O'Reilly
Length: 5 hours

“A candid look at the author's own upbringing as one of eleven children in an Irish Catholic family headed by a loving and eccentric father. Too young to process his mother's death, Séamas grows into an understanding of the situation and writes hilariously and lovingly of his siblings and father as they figure out how to muddle on, to great... Read more

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Haven

By: Emma Donoghue
Narrated by: Aidan Kelly
Length: 8 hours 35 minutes

In this beautiful story of adventure and survival from the New York Times bestselling author of Room, three men vow to leave the world behind them as they set out in a small boat for an island their leader has seen in a dream, with only faith to guide them. In seventh-century Ireland, a scholar and priest called Artt has a dream telling him to... Read more

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The Country Girls

A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of the landmark trilogy

By: Edna O'Brien
Narrated by: Jonathan Forbes, Charlie Murphy, Aoibhinn McGinnity, Shaun Mason & Full Cast
Length: 5 hours 39 minutes

All three BBC radio dramatisations of Edna O’Brien’s coming-of-age trilogy set in 1950s Ireland

Now a much-loved modern classic, The Country Girls Trilogy was fiercely controversial when first published in the 1960s. Banned by the Irish censors and burned by the Church, the books nonetheless achieved widespread acclaim and international success,... Read more

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Actress

By: Anne Enright
Narrated by: Anne Enright
Length: 8 hours 4 minutes

“Anne Enright is one of our most masterful writers working today. Every sentence is an absolute treat. Her jam is family secrets and the silence surrounding them (remember The Gathering?) and this story is no different. You will love Katherine ODell, the larger than life actress at the heart of the story, and her daughter, the narrator, who is... Read more

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A Guest at the Feast

Essays

By: Colm Toibin
Narrated by: Colm Toibin
Length: 9 hours 35 minutes

“I invite you to join me as I - we - settle into big stuffy chairs, our glass of wine in hand, and listen to a man tell us stories about his past: childhood, life in Ireland, and on into adulthood. He will tell us about cancer, priests, literature, homosexuality, popes and Venice. He can do this because he is a man of rare observational skill,... Read more

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Small Things Like These

By: Claire Keegan
Narrated by: Aidan Kelly
Length: 1 hour 56 minutes

“A small and beautiful book of an Irish man and his discovery of a disturbing secret in the convent - highly recommended! One of my Top 3 Books of 2021! Read more

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Love

A Novel

By: Roddy Doyle
Narrated by: Morgan C. Jones
Length: 11 hours 7 minutes

Two old friends reconnect in Dublin for a dramatic, revealing evening of drinking and storytelling in this winning new novel from the author of the Booker Prize winning Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha

One summer's evening, two men meet up in a Dublin restaurant.

Drinking pals back in their youth, now married and with grown up children, their lives have... Read more

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Ulysses

By: James Joyce
Narrated by: Donal Donnelly & Miriam Healy-Louie
Length: 27 hours 15 minutes

The young poet Stephen has been recalled from Paris to Dublin to be at his mother's deathbed. But he refuses her dying wishes: to kneel and pray for her. Now, holed up in his Martello tower outside the city walls, he has to suffer the taunts of Buck Mulligan by day and, by night, the vision of 'her eyes, shaking out of death to shake and bend my... Read more

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Normal People

A Novel

By: Sally Rooney
Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
Length: 7 hours 34 minutes

“What a treat to discover Sally Rooney! This novel stands out shining from the current onslaught of mediocre prose and less-than-suspenseful thriller plots. Normal People is the story of a relationship between two high school classmates in a small town in Ireland, and how it changes over time, through their last year of college in Dublin.... Read more

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Old God's Time

By: Sebastian Barry
Narrated by: Stephen Hogan
Length: 8 hours 34 minutes

From the two-time Booker Prize finalist author, a dazzlingly written novel exploring memory, grief, and long-buried secretsRetired policeman Tom Kettle is enjoying the quiet of his new home, a lean-to annexed to a white Victorian Castle in Dalkey overlooking the sea. For months he has barely seen a soul, but his peace is interrupted when two... Read more

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For Love or Money

By: Clodagh Murphy
Narrated by: Jenn McGuirk
Length: 9 hours 9 minutes

'Smart, heartwarming and downright hilarious' Joanna BolouriLesley has always fancied herself as an amateur sleuth, a sort of modern day Miss Marple without the support stockings.So when Al wants to hire her to investigate his elderly uncle’s young fiancée, she jumps at the chance. It doesn’t hurt that the job will involve posing as Al’s... Read more

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Thin Places

A Natural History of Healing and Home

By: Kerri ní Dochartaigh
Narrated by: Kerri ní Dochartaigh
Length: 9 hours 55 minutes

Kerri ní Dochartaigh was born in Derry, on the border of the North and South of Ireland, at the very height of the Troubles. She was brought up on a council estate on the wrong side of town—although for her family, and many others, there was no right side. One parent was Catholic, the other was Protestant. In the space of one year, they were... Read more

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Maeve in America

Essays by a Girl from Somewhere Else

By: Maeve Higgins
Narrated by: Maeve Higgins
Length: 6 hours 10 minutes

“If Tina Fey and David Sedaris had a daughter, she would be Maeve Higgins.” Glamour

A startlingly hilarious essay collection about one woman’s messy path to finding her footing in New York City, from breakout comedy star and podcaster Maeve Higgins


Maeve Higgins was a bestselling author and comedian in her native Ireland when, at the grand old... Read more

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