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Dictatorland : the men who stole Africa / Paul Kenyon
Paul Kenyon
Dictatorland : the men who stole Africa
(London : Head of Zeus, 2018)
In this vivid and heartbreaking account of Africa since the departure of the colonial powers, Kenyon relates how Western greed and the corruption of once idealistic African leaders have kept the continent, the richest of all in terms of natural resources, in grinding poverty. Libya, The Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, The Congo, Eritrea, Zimbabwe, Nigeria - the catalogue of misery is familiar to us from news bulletins, but Kenyon shows us what lies behind the headings. The author is an award-winning journalist who first came to prominence with his own show on BBC1, Kenyon Confronts.   

Icebreaker / Horatio Clare
Horatio Clare
Icebreaker : a voyage far north
(London : Chatto & Windus, 2017)
As part of Finland's 100th anniversary of independence, travel writer Clare is invited to spend a season aboard an icebreaker on its tour of duty in the frozen Gulf of Bothnia between Finland and Sweden. The outcome is this book which describes daily life on the icebreaker the Otso, reflects his impressions of Finland's history and character, and communicates to the reader something of the complexity and fragile beauty of ice. Horatio Clare has published several travel books, including Down to the Sea in Ships, A Single Swallow and Orison for a Curlew.  

‌‌Ali : a life / Jonathan Eigg
Jonathan Eig
Ali : a life
(London : Simon & Schuster, 2017)
Jonathan Eig has written the most comprehensive and definitive biography of Muhammad Ali, the boxer who became one of the most significant personalities of the second half of the twentieth century. Not only is there detailed analysis of his feats in the ring - we also learn about his personal life, his finances, his faith, his political activism and his physical decline due to the Parkinson's disease which was most likely caused by brain injuries acquired during his boxing career.

Maria Edgeworth's letters from Ireland
Maria Edgeworth
Maria Edgeworth's letters from Ireland, selected and edited by Valerie Pakenham
(Dublin : Lilliput Press, 2018)
Maria Edgeworth was born 250 years ago on January 1st this year, and Lilliput Press has taken the opportunity to publish a comprehensive collection of her letters from Ireland - her letters from England and the Continent were already published, edited by Edgeworth's relative Sarah Colvin. Maria Edgeworth spent most of her life in the family's seat in County Longford and these letters, many of them written to her sister, give a vivid account of day-to-day life at home and the domestic economy of a rather encumbered estate, but they also hold forth on the controversies of the time - Grattan's Parliament, the 1798 Rebellion, Catholic Emancipation and the Great Famine - as well as referring to her literary career. Her books were popular a century ago - now only Castle Rackrent is read at all - but her letters are likely to be her lasting achievement and are both entertaining and informative.

The little library cookbook : 100 recipes from your favourite stories / K. Young
Kate Young
The little library cookbook : 100 recipes from your favourite stories
(London : Head of Zeus, 2017)
Beautiful illustrations, great recipes and erudite introductions to each dish, in which the author reminisces about her favourite literary characters, make this a very pleasant book indeed. The classic English children's books feature quite a bit but so do lots of others, including a curry from Thackeray's Vanity Fair, figs and custards from The Dead, madeleines from Proust, and boiled eggs and soldiers from Emma. As Mr. Wodehouse said, "an egg boiled very soft is not unwholesome". And indeed you won't find an unwholesome recipe here. 

‌‌Writer's luck : memoirs, 1976-1991 / David Lodge
David Lodge
Writer's luck : a memoir, 1976-1991
(London : Harvill Secker, 2018)
This is the second volume of David Lodge's autobiography - the first was Quite A Good Time to be Born, published in 2015. It covers the years of his burgeoning success as a novelist, his decision to retire from university teaching to become a full-time writer and his growing scepticism about Catholicism which religion has provided the background and theme of much of his fiction. His works include the novels How Far Can You Go, Small World, and Nice Work as well as Author, Author!, a novel based on the life of the American author Henry James. Writer's Luck is an honest and unassuming work and will be of great interest to readers of Lodge's fiction.

Given light / Michael Coady
Michael Coady
Given light
(Oldcastle, Co.Meath : Gallery Books, 2017)
Michael Coady's sixth book incorporates poetry, prose and photographs in a collection which seeks to record the intimations of transcendence which may be found in everyday life. Coady uses a few epigraphs for Given Light - perhaps the most evocative is from Wordsworth "Hence in a season of calm weather / Though inland far we be / Our souls have sight of that immortal sea / Which brought us hither...".

The ordinary virtues : moral order in a divided world / Michael Ignatieff
Michael Ignatieff
The ordinary virtues : moral order in a divided world
(Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2017.) 
In this book Ignatieff questions the almost-universally accepted idea that human rights theory is the only basis for a just society and argues that the 'ordinary virtues' of tolerance, forgiveness, trust and resilience are the true foundation of good order, whether in our homes, our streets, our townlands, our state or globally. Michael Ignatieff is Rector and President of Central European University in Budapest and was formerly Professor at the Harvard Kennedy School. His published works include the novel Scar Tissue and the non-fiction books The Needs of Strangers and The Rights Revolution.

Martin McGuinness : a life remembered‌‌
Henry McDonald
Martin McGuinness : a life remembered
(Newtownards : Blackstaff Press, 2017)
A biography in photographs of the late Northern Ireland politician, with commentary by Henry McDonald, this book traces McGuinness's remarkable life and political journey, from his youth as an IRA member in Derry to his appointment as deputy first minister with Ian Paisley in the Northern Ireland power-sharing executive. Passionate and pragmatic, he became an advocate of reconciliation while never repudiating or apologising for his past. Henry McDonald is Ireland correspondent for the Observer and Guardian, has written books on the INLA and the UDA, and published his first novel last year - The Swinging Detective 

‌‌With the end in mind / Kathryn Mannix
Kathryn Mannix
With the end in mind : dying, death and wisdom in an age of denial
(London : William Collins, 2017)
Death is often described as the last taboo, the one thing we are all afraid to talk about, and the result, as many of us have experienced with our loved ones, is that most of us have no control over the circumstances of our dying. This important book makes a compelling case for approaching death not with trepidation but with openness, clarity and understanding. The author is a pioneer in palliative medicine and she presents her arguments using a number of real-life situations she has known in her medical practice.  

The illustrated dust jacket, 1920-1970 / Martin Salisbury
Martin Salisbury
The illustrated dust jacket, 1920-1970
(London : Thames & Hudson, 2017)
It's said 'Never judge the book by the cover' but most of us do, to some extent at least, and to take advantage of our weakness the illustrated dusk jacket became the norm in the 20th century. This volume, with over 300 colour illustrations, reflects the changing visual styles and motifs of the period covered and is a feast for booklovers and lovers of art and design - and if you are tempted by any of the covers on display you local library should be able to provide the book!

Making house : designers at home / Dominic Bradbury
David Bradbury
Making house : designers at home
(New York : Rizzoli, 2017)
A documentation and celebration of some of the most inspiring houses in the world and the designers who created them and live in them, this sumptious book will appeal to any reader who appreciates the aesthetic dimension of the home. Locations featured range from the Medina of Marrakesh to Greenwich Village, the Brazilian countryside, London and Milan.

Where the past begins : a writer's memoir / Amy Tan
Amy Tan
Where the past begins :  a writer's memoirs
(London : 4th Estate, 2017)
The Chinese-American author of bestsellers such as The Joy Luck Club and The Kitchen God's Wife writes about her life as a writer, her traumatic childhood and the symbiotic relationship between fiction and emotional memory. The child of Chinese immigrants, she was born in California in 1952, and though her fiction has won many awards and is deservedly popular she has been criticised for her negative portrayal of Chinese culture. Perhaps this memoir may go some way to explain the reasons for that negativity.

‌‌World without mind : the existential threat of big tech / Franklin Foer
Franklin Foer
World without mind : the existential threat of big tech
(London : Jonathan Cape, 2017) 
In this timely book Foer argues that four big companies now rule the world - Amazon, Facebook, Apple and Google - and in the process they are destroying that age-old badge of humanity, free will. As we live more and more of our lives online, we are corralled at every opportunity into a bland mediocrity, a soul-destroying uniformity - and conversely we are seeing our own tastes and prejudices reinforced at every turn as websites preguess what they think we might want or what they think we should want, or what we want that migt represent a profit for themselves. No part of life is immune, not even library catalogues! Foer is a correspondent with The Atlantic magazine and has been counted as one of America's most influential liberal journalists. He lives in Washington, D.C. 

On balance / Sinead Morrissey
Sinead Morrissey
On balance
(London : Bloomsbury, 2017)
Belfast-raised Sinead Morrissey's new collection of poems has won two awards, the 1917 Forward Prize for Best Collection, and the 1917 Poetry Book Society Choice Award. She is currently Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Newcastle and this is her sixth publication.

 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