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The Glass Woman / Caroline Lea
Caroline Lea
The Glass Woman
(London : Michael Joseph, 2019)
This novel excels in its sense of place, its characters and the way it builds an atmosphere of impending doom right from the start. Set in 17th century Iceland, it follows the fortunes of Rosa, a young girl who feels obliged to marry the enigmatic but well-to-do Jon Eirikson in order to provide for her ailing mother. When she reaches the remote district where Jon is headman, she finds that he and his workman Petur are feared by the villagers, who avoid them as much as possible. Rosa, increasingly isolated, shares their unease. Readers of Hannah Kent's Burial Rites and/or Cecilia Eckback's Wolf Winter will be drawn to this haunting story.

The Stone Circle / Elly Griffiths
Elly Griffiths
The Stone Circle
(London : Quercus, 2019)
Another fictional outing for Dr. Ruth Galloway, the archaeologist who is sometinmes called in to help the North Norfolk police in their enquiries. Chief Inspector Nelson receives an anonymous letter telling him to go to the stone circle to find the bones that are buried there. Meanwhile Ruth is working on a dig in the salt marshes near her home, at a site called by aarchaeoloists The Stone Circle when she discovers bones which are not a Stone Age burial. They turn out to be those of a schoolgirl, Margaret Lacey, who went missing twelve years earlier. A murder investigation begins. The wide open skies, lonely marshland and ever present sea make the Ruth Galloway mysteries unforgettable but what adds spice is the fact that Galloway is the mother of Inspector Nelson's child, and what complicates matters further is the fact that just now Nelson's wife Michelle is expecting their third child - Nelson's fourth.  

The Freedom Artist / Ben Okri‌‌‌‌
Ben Okri
The Freedom Artist
(London : Head of Zeus, 2019)
In a world uncomfortably like our own, a young woman called Amalantis is arrested for asking a question. Her question is this: Who is the Prisoner? Her lover Karnak goes looking for her, but realises that to find her, he must first understand the meaning of her question. His search leads him into a terrifying world of lies, oppression and fear at the heart of which lies the Prison. Then Karnak discovers that he is not the only one looking for the truth. The Freedom Artist is an impassioned plea for justice and a penetrating examination of how freedom is threatened in a post-truth society. Ben Okri, a Nigerian writer, won the 1991 Booker Prize with his novel The Famished Road. He was at that time the youngest ever Booker winner.

North of Dawn / Nuruddin Farah
Nuruddin Farah
North of Dawn
(New York : Riverhead, 2018)
A Somalian couple, Gacalo and Mugdi, have lived quietly in Oslo, largely assimilated into Norwegian society. When their Jihadist son is killed in a suicidde attack in Somalia, they feel obliged to give refuge to his widow and children, but the arrival of their daughter-in-law changes the couple's lives forever. The widow retreats into a fundamentalist world of ther own, while her children are increasingly attracted by the freedoms of western society. Farah's novel examines themes of love, loyalty and national identity and poses the question whether it is ever possible to escape our heritage. Farah is a Somali novelist and playwright who writes in English. He currently divides his time between Minnesota and Cape Town. His novels include The Sun trilogy, Crossbones and Hiding in Plain Sight.

‌‌The trumpet shall sound / Eibhear Walshe
Eibhear Walshe
The Trumpet Shall Sound
(Cork : Somerville Press, 2019)
It is 1742 and Georg Handel is in Dublin for the first performance of The Messiah, in which the celebrated actress Susannah Cibber is due to sing. But neither Handel nor Cibber are favourites in Dublin. He is penniless, out of favour and recovering from an illness, she is on the run from an abusive husband with her affairs in scandalous disorder. Walshe's historical fiction convincingly recreates the life of Handel and the atmosphere in Dublin as the performance of the celebrated sacred work transforms the lives of the composer and actress alike. Walshe is a senior lecturer in English at University College Cork and the author of several works of literary criticism. His first novel The Diary of Mary Travers was published in 2015.

Truth and Dare : Short Stories about Women who Shaped Ireland / Martina Devlin
Martina Devlin
Truth and Dare : Short Stories about Women Who Shaped Ireland
(Dublin : Poolbeg, 2018)
In this collection award-winning author Martina Devlin celebrates Irish women who made their mark and helped to change Irish society for the better. Featured women include Mary Ann McCracken, the Ulster radical and brother of Henry Joy McCracken, Somerville and Ross depicted negotiating book business with a London publisher, suffragette Hannah Sheehy-Skeffington on hunger strike, Speranza Wilde and Cork's own educationalist and religious sister Nano Nagle. Walking a tightrope between fact and faction the collection includes biographical notes on the subjects, and I'm sure readers will be driven to find out more about these pioneering women in the non-fiction shelves. Devlin is a novelist and journalist who writes a weekly column for The Irish Independent. Born in Omagh, she has worked on Fleet Street and now lives in Dublin. Her novels include The House Where it Happened, a ghost story based on Ireland's only mass withcraft trials in 1711, and About Sisterland, a novel set in the near future in a world ruled by women.

Where reasons end / Yiyun Li
Yiyun Lee
Where reasons end
(London : Hamish Hamilton, 2019)
When a writer's teenage son takes his own life she attempts to deal with it in the way she knows best, on the page, in an imagined conversation with her lost child. He can offer no answers but while she writes about him, he is not completely gone from the world. This powerful and moving novel is the latest from the Chinese-American author whose first published work of fiction, the short story collection A Thousand years of Good Prayers, won the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award in 2005.

‌‌‌A long way from home / Peter Carey
Peter Carey
A long way from home
(London : Faber, 2018)
Irene Bobs and her husband Titch are motor sport enthusiasts in 1950s Australia and they enter the Redex Trial, an Australian road race across the continent, with Willie Bachhuber, the fairhaired son of a Protestant preacher, as navigator. Their journey  becomes an exploration of Australia's brutal history of racism and the exploitation and degradation of its indigenous population. Carey's previous novels include the multi-award winning Oscar and Lucinda and The True History of the Kelly Gang. He was born in Australia and lives in New York.

 

 All these titles are available in Cork City Libraries. Further suggestions from your local librarian at Adult Lending, Bishopstown, Douglas, Tory-Top, Blackpool, Mayfield, and Hollyhill. For additions-to-stock lists in the Rory Gallagher Music Library check here. For selected new films click here 

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