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Two tribes / Tony Evans
Tony Evans
Two tribes : Liverpool, Everton and a city on the brink
(London : Bantam, 2018)
Tony Evans combines football passion and political insight in this account of the 1986 Cup Final between Liverpool and Everton, seeing in the struggle between the two Merseyside clubs a longing to redeem English football from the shame of the Heysel Stadium disaster the previous year and also a desire to assert Liverpool's indomitable spirit after years of neglect and victimisation by Margaret Thatcher's government. The author is former football editor of The Times and the author of I Don't Know What It Is But I Love It

The long '68 : radical protest and its enemies / Richard Vinen
Richard Vinen
The long '68 : radical protest and its enemies
(London : Allen Lane, 2018)
Fifty years have passed since the extraordinary wave of protests which occurred throughout much of the Western World in 1968 - from the anti-war marches in the States to the Paris workers' strikes and the revolts against Soviet oppression, notably in Czechoslovakia. Vinen, Professor of History at King's College, London, traces the outline of events during the momentuous year and assesses their impact, finding in the protest movements of 1968 the roots of radical feminism, gay rights activism, and more disturbingly, the urban terrorism which was a notable feature of political life in Europe during the '70s and '80s.

‌‌Form : my autobiography / Kieren Fallon
Kierern Fallon
Form : my autobiography
(London : Simon & Schuster, 2017)
Born in County Clare, Kieren Fallon went to The UK to ride in 1988 and went on to become one of the most successful flat jockeys ever, being named Champion Jockey six times between 1997 and 2003. He retired in 2016 and this is his 'warts and all' account of his life in horse racing. 'I find people hard', he says, 'It's the way I was made, I suppose, the environment I grew up in...It's enough for me to say that I like horses because they have never caused me pain...'

Craeft : how traditional crafts are about more than just making
Langlands, Alexander
Craeft : how traditional crafts are about more than just making
(London : Faber, 2017)
The author uses the Old English word craeft (actually spelled with a diphthong) to emphasise his argument that the true craftsman is not only someone who makes things with his hands but someone who has an organic relationship with his materials and with the community he serves - one who is imbued with an almost indefinable sense of knowledge, wisdom and power. He uses examples drawn from his own experience in the English counrtryside and from his deep knowledge of the traditions and history of rural life - he is an archaeologist and historian and lectures on medieval history at Swansea University.

Happiness in this life / Pope Francis
Pope Francis
Happiness in this life : a passionate meditation on material existence and the meaning of life
(Dublin : Bluebird, 2018)
Soon to be in Ireland, Pope Francis is never out of the headlines for too long, whether it is his off-the-cuff remarks challenging long-held orthodoxies, his spontaneous gestures of kindliness, his efforts to reform the Catholic Church in the face of opposition from conservative cardinals, or his occasional lapses, as in Chile where he became embroiled in a sexual abuse controversy. Here he is in pastoral mode, in a collection of extracts from various homilies, addresses and messages, edited by Natale Benazzi.

The magical folk : British and Irish fairies
Simon Young and Ceri Houlbrook (editors)
Magical folk : British and Irish fairies, 500 AD to the present
(London : Gibson Square, 2018)
The cover of this book, featuring a glamorous gold-clad woman, rather gives the lie to the editors' assertion that 'real' fairies are far removed from those in Disney Films - they bemoan the Disneyification effect throughout. What's between the covers though, is an easy-going but scholarly account of fairy beliefs in England and the Celtic lands on its periphery, full of anecdotes and with lots of local colour. Young is a British historian based in Italy and ran The Fairy Census, a scholarly survey of modern fairy sightings, while Houlbrook is a Researcher in Folklore and History at the University of Hertfordshire.

‌‌Unmasked : a memoir / Andrew Lloyd Webber
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Unmasked : a memoir
(London : HarperCollins, 2018)
This is a memoir which doesn't need much of an introduction. Lloyd Webber is the composer of numerous hit musicals which have defined the form for the last thirty years - Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, and many more. Created a life peer in Britain in 1997, he owns seven theatres and is passionate about the importance of music in education. His Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation is a leading charity supporting music and the arts. 

How to eat a peach / Diana Henry
Diana Henry
How to eat a peach : menus, stories and places
(London : Octopus Books, 2018)
Most cookbooks are arranged by different kinds of ingredients - meat, fish, chicken, vegetables - but this one is arranged by different menus. Each set of three recipes gives us a complete three-course meal, drawn from various cuisines, suitable for various time of the day and various types of occasion, and is accompanied by evocative vignettes from the cook's life and experiences. This is a charming book, beautifully illustrated. Diana Henry is the author of the bestselling Simple, Cookery Book of the Year at Fortnum and Masons' Food and Drink Awards 2017. 

Kindling the flame / Niamh Puirséil‌‌
Niamh Puirséil
Kindling the flame : 150 years of the Irish National Teachers Organisation
(Dublin : Gill Books, 2017)
The INTO, as the national teacher's union is generally referred to, has become a strong and effective advocate for its members and more importantly for high standards in primary education. Formed in 1868 when teachers were poorly paid, had no job security and worked in dire conditions, subjected to the whims of the government on the one hand and the whims of the parish priest on the other, Puirséal traces its history through many struggles in a study which encompasses themes of politics, class, gender and power in Ireland. Puirséil is a writer and historian, the author of the well-regarded Irish Labour  Party, 1922-1973.

‌‌Civilisations / Mary Beard
Mary Beard
Civilisations : How do we look [and] The eye of faith
(London : Profile Books, 2018) 
In this very accessible study of the social context of artistic representation of the human figure and of the divine, Mary Beard shows us that who looks at a piece of art and how the viewer reacts to what is looked at is just as important as the piece itself. Drawing examples mostly from classical Egyptian, Greek and Roman art, and in the case of the divine from Christian, Islamic and Hindu works, Beard gives us many fresh insights into what art means and why it is made. The book is based on her contribution to the 2018 BBC series Civilisations. She is Professor of Classics at Newnham College, Cambridge.

‌‌Rise : how Jeremy Corbyn inspired the young to create a new socialism
Liam Young
Rise : how Jeremy Corbyn inspired the young to create a new socialism
(London : Simon & Schuster, 2018)
Perhaps at no time since the Belfast Agreement have we in Ireland been so interested in British politics - and so dependent on what happens in Britain, in the light of Brexit. Jeremy Corbyn is to some extent an unknown quantity, whose relative success in the British elections of last year took many by surprise. Not so the present author who had been predicting that Corbyn would inspire the young to get involved in the political process and change the nature of politics in Britain. Read his take on the future for Corbyn and the Labour Party - it will soon be put to the test in the British local elections. Young writes for the Independent and New Statesman, and was one of the first to campaign for Jeremy Corbyn in 2015.

‌‌Debussy : a painter in sound / Stephen Walsh
Stephen Walsh
Debussy : a painter in sound
(London : Faber, 201)
Published to coincide with the centenary of the composer's death in 1918, Walsh calls his work 'a biography of sorts', meaning, in his own words, that he treats Debussy's music as the crucial expression of the composer's intellectual life rather than 'a slightly annoying series of events that hold up the story without adding much of narrative interest'. Consequently it is written for those who have a serious interest in music though it largely avoids technicalities and jargon - and hopefully it will inspire the reader to go back to the work of Debussy with a keener ear and a fresh perspective. Walsh has also published books on Stravinsky and Mussorgsky and is a frequent reviewer of classical music in the British press. 

Hard border : walking through a century of Irish Partition
Darach MacDonald
Hard border : walking through a century of Irish Partition
(Dublin : New Island, 2018)
The author walks the route along the Ulster Canal, traversing five of Ulster's nine counties, and looks at realities and identities in communities scarred by the imposition of an arbitrary partition and now in the spotlight again as they find themselves bargaining chips in the seemingly never-ending Berxit negotiations. Darach MacDonald is a journalist and author who lives in Derry. 

Making up the numbers : smaller parties and independents in Irish politics
Dan Boyle
Making up the numbers : smaller parties and independents in Irish politics
(Dublin : The History Press Ireland, 2017)
The author, former chairman of The Green Party and former TD and senator, is uniquely placed to write this survey of the role of minor parties and single-issue candidates in government and in coalition. It ranges right from the beginnings of the state in 1922 to the present government and it illuminates the considerable power such groups have wielded at various times - think of Clann na Poblachta and Clann na Talmhan in the 40s and 50s, Tony Gregory and Mildred Fox in the 1980s, the Progressive Democrats and Boyle's own Green party.

Ground work : writings on places and people / edited by Tim Dee
Tim Dee (editor)
Ground work : writings on places and people
(London : Jonathan Cape,  2018)
This book is an anthology of commissioned works from established writers on how we as a species relate to our environment and how cultural landscapes are created, how they endure and how they may so easily be lost. Writers featured include Tessa Hadley, Philip Hoare, Richard Holmes, Richard Mabey, Helen Mcdonald, Andrew Motion, Adam Thorpe, Marina Warner and our own Michael Viney. As Helen Mcdonald says 'I take stock...during this sixth extinction we who may not have time to do anything else must write now what we can, to take stock'.

Where the wild coffee grows / Jeff Koehler
Jeff Koehler
Where the wild coffee grows : the untold story of coffee from the cloud forests of Ethiopia to your cup
(London : Bloomsbury, 2018)
In this fascinating book Koehler recounts the history of the world's favourite kind of coffee, Arabica, describing its original home in the forests of Ethiopia where the Kafa people still forage for wild coffee berries. From there to Starbucks or Bean & Leaf is a long journey, and Koehler describes how coffee production, now largely confined to Latin America, is threatened by crop diseases and climate change, and how the Ethiopian forests, shrinking but surviving, may be the key to the future of our favourite beverage as breeders go back to the source to preserve the species.  

‌‌Migration and the making of Ireland / Bryan Fanning
Bryan Fanning
Migration and the making of Ireland
(Dublin : University College Dublin Press, 2018) 
Migration has always been a part of Irish life, even going back to the quasi-mythical Fir Bolg. Fanning doesn't go quite that far back - he does go back to the 17th century plantations and the removal, possibly by force, of some of the native irish to the West Indies, but it is the impact of inward migration over the last few decades that will be of more interest to the general reader. He examines in detail the Polish, Muslim, African and other minority communities in Ireland and dispels many of the myths that surround the issue of immigrants in 21st century Ireland. Bryan Fanning is Professor of Migration and Social Policy at University College Dublin. 

‌‌Selected Delanty / Greg Delanty
Greg Delanty, edited by Archie Burnett
Selected Delanty : poems and translations by Greg Delanty
(Boston : Un-Gyve Press, 2017)
The selected poems of Cork poet Greg Delanty, now resident in Vermont, where he is the poet-in-residence at St. Michael's College, Vermont. Born in 1958, his work regularly appears in anthologies of American poetry as well as in anthologies of Irish verse. He has been described by novelist Colm McCann as 'the laureate of contemporary Irish-in-America'.

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