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 Seacht mBua an Éirí Amach = Seven virtues of the Rising / Ó Conaire
Padraic Ó Conaire / Diarmuid de Faoite
Seacht mbua an Eirí Amach = Seven virtues of the Rising
(Dublin : Arlen House, 2016)
A re-issue of Ó Conaire's seminal collection of Irish-language short stories set against the background of the 1916 Rebellion and its aftermath, this comes with English translations by Diarmuid de Faoite. Originally published by Maunsels in 1918, the present edition also includes an introduction in English by Brendan McGowan. It is published in collaboration with the Connemara-based Irish language publisher Cló Iar-Chonnacht and is the first time all seven stories with English translations have been published in a single book.

The power and the story : the global battle for news and information / J. Lloyd
John Lloyd
The power and the story : the global battle for news and information
(London : Atlantic Books, 2017)
Fake news, Wiki-leaks and Twitter have changed our ideas about journalism and how trustworthy or otherwise we find the press. In this global survey John Lloyd examines the technological shifts, the political changes and the market transformations that are shaping journalism now and wonders if it can still be the first draft of history and turn a profit at the same time. John Lloyd is a co-founder of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism and a Senior Research Fellow at Oxford University as well as being a working journalist. 

 ‌‌Protestants : the radicals who made the modern world / Alec Ryrie
Alec Ryrie
Protestants : the radicals who made the modern world
(London : William Collins, 2017)
Those of us who like to read the history of religion have had a bumper time in 2017, with several histories of the Reformation, a new biography of Martin Luther, a history of Catholicism in England since the sixteenth century, and a book on the Protestant experience in independent Ireland all clamouring for our attention. The present volume claims an important role for Protestants in creating the modern world with its emphasis on individualism, personal responsibility, freedom of conscience and scientific enquiry. It is written from a Protestant point of view - the author is a Protestant lay preacher, though he is also the Professor of the History of Christianity at Durham Universary.

Believe me : a memoir of love, death and jazz chickens / Eddie Izzard
Eddie Izzard
Believe me : a memoir of love, death and jazz chickens
(London : Penguin/Michael Joseph, 2017)
Best known for his cross-dressing stand-up comedy routines, Izzard is also a committed political activist and was the recipient of the sixth Annual Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism. As he says in the introduction, some people write autobiographies when they are old and some when they are middle-aged - but there are no rules and a good time to write one is when one begins to reflect on what one's done with one's life so far. Here are the results of that process for Eddie Izzard.

‌‌The Sagrada Família : Gaudi's heaven on earth / Gijs Van Hensbergen
Gijs van Hensbergen
The Sagrada Familia : Gaudi's heaven on earth
(London : Bloomsbury, 2017)
The foundation of Gaudi's church was laid in 1882 and it is still not finished - in fact it may be the world's most famous unfinished building. The present book is more an essay than an architectural treatise - for one thing, there are no pictures. Rather it explores the evolution of the building and the impetus behind it, Gaudi's spirituality and his eccentricity. The author is an art historian and Hispanist and published a major biography of Gaudi in 2001.

Writer, sailor, soldier, spy : Ernest Hemingway's secret adventures, 1935-1961
Nicholas Reynolds
Writer, sailor, soldier, spy : ERrnest Hemingway's secret adventure, 1935-1961
(New York : William Morrow, 2017)
This is the story of a hitherto mostly unknown aspect of Hemingway - his recruitment as a Soviet agent by the NKDV based on his commitment to radical causes in the 1930s, and his parallel work with the CIA hunting Nazi submarines in the Caribbean and reporting to the American embassy in Havana on events in Cuba. Reynolds sets this complex involvement into the background of Hemingway's known social and political views and explores its influence on his fiction, in a book that will please readers of espionage thrillers as much as students of American literature.

Uncommon people : the rise and fall of the rock stars / David Hepworth
David Hepworth
Uncommon people : the rise and fall of the rock stars
(London : Bantam Press, 2017.) 
The blurb says 'The age of the rock star like the age of the cowboy has passed, but like the cowboy, the idea of the rock star lives on in our imaginations'. The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Elton John, Freddie Mercury and many others have their moments of glory and controversy relived in a series of nostalgic vignettes covering the years 1955 to 1995. The author is a veteran rock journalist and broadcaster based in London.

I am, I am, I am : seventeen brushes with death / Maggie O'Farrell
Maggie O'Farrell
I am, I am, I am : seventeen brushes with death
(London : Tinder Press, 2017)
This memoir by the Coleraine-born novelist Maggie O'Farrell recounts, as the title says, her seventeen close encounters with death - a childhood illness, an almost-there air crash, a mis-managed labour, to mention but a few. Told in a series of tense, visceral snapshots, and with a novelist's eye for the significant detail, it is a book that will make you think about your own life - how precious it is, and how easily it could be lost. O'Farrell now lives in Edinburgh and has published seven novels.

Letters from the suitcase : a wartime love story / Rosheen and Cal Finnigan
Rosheen and Cal Finnigan (editors)
Letters from the suitcase : a wartime love story
(London : Tinder Press, 2017)
This is a collection of love letters, the still-glowing embers of an unlikely wartime romance between Mary, a Dublin girl, and David Francis, an articled accountant and left-wing activist in 1930s London. Opposed by both sets of parents, the couple lived together in secret until David's death in India, leaving Mary to bring up a baby on her own in London. That baby is Rosheen Finnigan, and she and her husband now bring their fascinating and moving story to the attention of the general public.

Reading allowed / Chris Paling
Chris Paling
Reading allowed : true stories and curious incidents from a provincial library
(London : Constable, 2017)
If you are a library user, this is your chance to find out what goes on behind the library desk - not the filing and shelving, which are humdrum, but what the librarian is thinking about, and what he or she is thinking about you, the user. Paling is a librarian in Britain but libraries over there are not very different to libraries here, and the present volume is an entertaining but insightful account of what it is really like to work in a public library. He is also a novelist with nine published novels to his credit.

The coast road / Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh
Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh
The coast road
(Oldcastle, Co. Meath : Gallery Press, 2016) 
This is a selection of Ní Ghearbhuigh's poetry in Irish, with parallel English language translations by some of the top ranking Irish poets working in the English language. Ní Ghearbhuigh is a Kerrywoman who now lives in Cork, and she has two volumes of poetry published. Her poem 'Filleadh ar an gCathair' was chosen as Ireland's EU Presidency poem in 2013.

The greatest comeback : from genocide to football glory / David Bolchover
David Bolchover
The greatest comeback : from genocide to football glory, the story of Béla Guttmann
(London : Biteback Publishing, 2017)
Guttmann was born into a Jewish family in Budapest and was a major star in Austrian football during the interwar years, but as antisemitism gained ground in Vienna he moved to the all-Jewish and Zionist club Hakoah. He was its last coach as the Nazis marched into Vienna in the Anschluss and narrowly escaped capture and certain death in the concentration camps which claimed the lives of most of his immediate family. After the war he resumed his career and was coach to Benfica when that club won the European Cup in 1961. His story of tragedy and triumph is a metaphor for that of Europe in the twentieth century and is a moving personal testimony in its own right. 

 All titles are available for loan throughout Cork City Libraries. Further suggestions from your local librarian at the following links: Adult Lending (Grand Parade), Bishopstown , Douglas , Tory-Top , Mayfield , Blackpool , and Hollyhill. For recent additions in our Reference Library click here Reference