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American Doll
When Laura Calane of New York comes to Ireland to further her studies and to live in what her father considers a safer environment after 9/11, she discovers that the land of her ancestors is not the haven she had believed it to be. When she meets social worker Danny Faraday, she is torn between her attraction towards him and the emotional blackmail of her uncle Thady who is domiciled in Ireland [...]


Clearing the Tangled Wood - Poetry As a Way of Seeing the World
This acclaimed monograph is a study of poetry as an alternative way of seeing the world and of obtaining insights into realities that enable the reader to see the vast otherness that usually eludes. The process of creativity is discussed. The influences of other disciplines on the heightening of consciousness are described as well as methodologies of observation that have been employed in the [...]


The Adventures of Jo Jo
Jo Jo is an endearing but sometimes mischievous little girl of eight years. She has a great imagination. She can talk to animals and she loves the woods where many of her adventures take place. Find out how the deer Rudolf got his red nose or what a crab turns into at the seaside or what happens to Jo Jo when she gets lost in the city or when she is whisked off to a magic kingdom. Sometimes Jo Jo [...]


Rus in Urbe
I am a city guy with a rural heart. I was born and raised in Dublin and now divide my time between County Kildare and West Cork. That accounts for the division of the book in two halves,and the title, Rus in Urbe, award winning contemporary poems of country and city life. Some of these poem trace back to the Liberties of Dublin where I was born, others to the suburbs of Dublin and to Kildare and [...]


Peeling Oranges
Peeling Oranges tells the story of how Derek Foley, while sifting through his late father's diaries and his mother's correspondence with an IRA man, discovers that Patrick Foley, a diplomat in Franco's Spain, was not really his father. Derek's mother, who is ailing, is unwilling to discuss the past, forcing her son on a quest that will plunge him into the early history of Irish diplomacy, taking [...]


For Love of Anna
When university student Guido van Thool accidentally bumps into the beautiful ballerina Anna Zweig in Loti's cafe, it sets them off on a whirlwind of romance of ballet concerts, anti-globalisation marches and love trysts in bluebell woods. Even when Guido is called away for military service, time can't test their faithfulness, as they keep their passion warm with love letters. Paralleling their [...]


Knowing Women
Laurence J Benbo is a thirty seven year old graphic artist and Dublin bachelor, awkward with women and lonely after the breakup with his girlfriend Deborah. He meets Jadwiga, a lapdancer and, after winning a lottery, he bestows gifts on her. But his upwardly mobile brother Maoiliosa and his scheming wife Ena, on hearing of his win, try to blackmail the innocent Laurence into handing his money [...]


The Avenue
The story of Francis Copeland, middle-aged librarian, life and marriage in a rut, childless he befriends the children of the avenue. Emerging from a life behind books, raw suburban truths are exposed as Francis slowly unravels the secrets of the avenue.


Finding Penelope
33 year old romance novelist Penelope Eames moves to Spain to avoid her oppressive father and drug-addicted brother, Dermot. When she meets Ramon, a young Spanish school teacher, she is immediately attracted to him and feels the happiness that eluded her all her life may at last be hers. However, she receives a distress call from Dermot saying he is at the mercy of Charlie Eliot, a pimp and drug [...]


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