One City One Book

Join the city-wide book club

One City One Book | Cathair Amháin Leabhar Amháin

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Cork City Libraries’ One City One Book is an initiative to get book loving Corkonians to read and discuss the same book. Individuals, groups, book clubs, workplaces and organisations are encouraged to take part in building a sense of community throughout the city, promoting literacy, supporting the arts and encouraging everyone to engage in reading. It takes the idea of a localized book discussion club and expands it to cover the whole city.

This year’s chosen book is Whatever it Takes by Tadhg Coakley. It was published on July 31 by Mercier Press. The crime novel depicts contemporary Cork and transports the reader both north and south of the Lee through its gripping plot and sense of place. The book is available at Cork City Libraries and in eBook format. Tadhg’s debut novel The First Sunday in September was published in 2018 to much acclaim. He is a graduate of the MA in Creative Writing course at University College Cork.

Launch of One City One Book 2020

Watch Tadhg Coakley in conversation with Thomas McCarthy, at the launch of this year’s One City One Book event.

Copies of Tadhg’s book Whatever It Takes are available to borrow from Cork City Libraries and to buy from Waterstones Cork.

In partnership with Creative Ireland and Waterstones Cork.

One City One Book Virtual Walking Tour 2020

Join Tadhg Coakley as he takes you on a tour of the locations that feature in his book, Whatever It Takes - this year’s Once City One Book choice.

Tadhg reads excerpts from his book at each location and tells us about the history of each place we visit on the tour.

In association with Cork City Libraries, Cork City Council, Creative Ireland and Waterstone’s Cork.