I forget who said “when I’ve had too much reality I open a book”, but for many the pages of a good book have provided a welcome refuge from the real world of 2020. Fortunately, there have been many excellent new titles to escape into and our new catalogue is a round up of some of the new books that have been published in the last eleven months.
Among the books offered are many popular authors as well as a few newcomers. Two in the fiction category that I particularly enjoyed are “Love” by Roddy Doyle – a wonderful tale of friendship, and “That Old Country Music” by Kevin Barry – an eclectic collection of short stories. But my favourite book of the year is “Thirty Two Words for Field” by Manchan Magan. It isn’t just a book about words and the Irish language, but a book about how we see, understand and interpret the world around us.
The year has also seen the welcome reprinting of “The Bogman” and “The City of Tribes” by Walter Macken in the Modern Irish Classics series from New Island Books, and the publication of two new titles by Alice Taylor.
Major new titles for children have been long awaited but the last few weeks have seen new books by J.K. Rowling, David Walliams, Eoin Colfer and another book in the long running Wimpy Kid series. The Irish illustrator and author, Oliver Jeffers has also released “What We’ll Build” – a beautifully illustrated follow up to “Here We Are”.
All the titles are available to purchase on our website (subject to availability) and many are being offered at a discount until 1st December 2020.