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Book Club Recommendations

We read, we love, then we recommend!

All books listed have been tried and tested by either our book club or local book clubs. Please let us know if you have any other titles you would highly recommend.

Please note, we offer a 10% discount to all book clubs, on their monthly book choice.


Book Club News

For details of the books being discussed this month, please go to our events page

Bridge Street Books runs 4 book clubs - 2 for Juniors (9+) and 2 for adults

 

Junior Book Club is held on the last Thursday of the month @ 3.30pm & 4.30pm & is open to all children aged 9+. 

The groups are divided as follows:

3rd & 4th class age meet at 3.30pm

5th & 6th class age meet at 4.30pm

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We run 2 adult book clubs - one in conjunction with Phil Healy's Pub and the other meets in the book shop

Phil Healy's Book Club is held on the last Wednesday of every month, upstairs in Phil Healy's Craft Beer bar @ 8pm.

There is also a Thursday night book club, which meets in Bridge Street Books on the last Thursday of the month at 8pm.  Unfortunately, this book club is currently full.

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Author : Lisa Harding

Sammy is a spiky, quick-witted and sharp teenager living in Dublin; Nico is a warm and conscientious girl from Moldova. When they are thrown together in a Dublin brothel in a horrific twist of fate, a peculiar and important bond is formed . . .

This is a novel about a flourishing but hidden world, thinly concealed beneath a veneer of normality. It’s about the failings of polite society, the cruelty that can exist in apparently homely surroundings, the bluster of youth and the often appalling weakness of adults.

Harvesting is heartbreaking and funny, gritty, raw and breathtakingly beautiful, where redemption is found in friendship and unexpected acts of kindness.

Harvesting is a book everyone should read and we need to talk about it - what better place to do it than in bookclub!

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Author : Gabriel Tallent

At 14, Turtle Alveston knows the use of every gun on her wall. She knows how to snare a rabbit, sharpen a blade and splint a bone. She knows that her daddy loves her more than anything else in this world and he'll do whatever it takes to keep her with him.  But she doesn't know why she feels so different from the other girls at school; why the line between love and pain can be so hard to see. Or why making a friend may be the bravest and most terrifying thing she has ever done. Sometimes the people you're supposed to trust are the ones who do most harm.

Heartbreaking, thrilling, horrific and truly memorable

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Author : Tim Winton

For years Jaxie Clackton has dreaded going home. His beloved mum is dead, and he wishes his brutal dad was too, until one terrible moment leaves his life stripped to nothing. No one ever told Jaxie Clackton to be careful what he wishes for.  Fearing blame, Jaxie runs.

There's just one person in the world who understands him, but to reach her he'll have to cross the vast saltlands of Western Australia. It is a place that harbours criminals and threatens to kill those who haven't reckoned with its hot, waterless vastness.  This is a journey only a dreamer - or a fugitive - would attempt.

Set in the Australian outback, this is a raw and moving novel.  Descriptive and character driven.

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Author : Damien Barr

1901. The height of the second Boer War in South Africa. Sarah van der Watt and her son are taken from their farm by force to Bloemfontein Concentration Camp where, the English promise: they will be safe.

2010. Sixteen-year-old outsider Willem just wants to be left alone with his books and his dog.  But, worried he's not turning out right, his ma and her boyfriend send him to New Dawn Safari Training Camp - here they `make men out of boys'. Guaranteed.

The strands that tie these 2 stories together will make you think, the outcome will break your heart.  This novels informs of South Africa's past and present in a very readable way.  Brilliant

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Author : Harry Parker

Imagine if your whole life changed in the blink of an eye . . .

Captain Tom Barnes is leading British troops into a war zone when he is gravely injured by an exploding IED. This devastating moment and the transformative months that follow are narrated here by forty-five objects, telling one unforgettable story.

Made even more raw by the telling, this is a brilliant, imaginatively told story.  Violent but not graphic, easy to read and very compelling.

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Author : George Saunders

MAN BOOKER PRIZE WINNER 2017

FACT: The American Civil War rages while President Lincoln's beloved eleven-year-old son lies gravely ill. In a matter of days, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returns to the crypt several times alone to hold his boy's body.

From this seed of historical truth, George Saunders spins an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of realism, entering a thrilling, supernatural domain both hilarious and terrifying. Willie Lincoln finds himself trapped in a transitional realm - called, in Tibetan tradition, the bardo - and as ghosts mingle, squabble, gripe and commiserate, and stony tendrils creep towards the boy, a monumental struggle erupts over young Willie's soul. Unfolding over a single night, 'Lincoln in the Bardo' is written with humour, pathos and grace.

Different for sure; at times pacy, at times slow and steady, this has to be remarked on for its uniqueness if nothing else.  Packed full of zany characters this is loved by some and hated by others, so it is sure to keep the conversation flowing

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Author : Fredrik Backman

In a large Swedish forest Beartown hides a dark secret . . .

Cut-off from everywhere else it experiences the kind of isolation that tears people apart and each year more and more of the town is swallowed by the forest. Then the town is offered a bright new future - but it is all put in jeopardy by a single, brutal act. This act divides the town into those who think it should be hushed up and forgotten, and those who'll risk everything to see justice done. 

Contemporary novel which will create discussion on similar events closer to home. 

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Author : Imbolo Mbue

New York, 2007.

After two long years apart, Jende Jonga has brought his wife Neni from Cameroon to join him in the land of opportunity.  Drawn by the promise of America they are seeking the chance of a better life for them and their son. When Jende lands a dream job as chauffeur to a Lehman Brothers executive, Neni finds herself taken into the confidence of his glamorous wife Cindy. The Edwards are powerful and privileged: dazzling examples of what America can offer to those who are prepared to strive for it.  But when the financial world is rocked by the collapse of Lehman Brothers, all four lives are dramatically upended. As faultlines appear in both marriages and secrets bubble to the surface they must all decide how far they will go in pursuit of their dreams. And what will they sacrifice along the way?

Very character driven, great for discussion

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Author : Donal Ryan

Farouk's country has been torn apart by war; Lampy's heart has been laid waste by Chloe; John's past torments him as he nears his end - The refugee. The dreamer. The penitent.

From war-torn Syria to small-town Ireland, three men, scarred by all they have loved and lost, are searching for some version of home. Each is drawn towards a powerful reckoning, one that will bring them together in the most unexpected of ways.

Clever portrait of modern day Ireland

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Author : John Boyne

Forced to flee the scandal brewing in her hometown, Catherine Goggin finds herself pregnant and alone, in search of a new life at just sixteen.  She knows she has no choice but to believe that the nun she entrusts her child to will find him a better life.

Cyril Avery is not a real Avery, or so his parents are constantly reminding him. Adopted as a baby, he's never quite felt at home with the family that treats him more as a curious pet than a son.  But it is all he has ever known. And so begins one man's desperate search to find his place in the world.

Following Ireland's history from 1940s to present day this book has had mised reactions, so lends itself well to discussion 

Awards

Irish-Times-award-2014

Irish Times Bookshop of the Year, 2014

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