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Bestselling novelist Sinéad Moriarty and popular RTE broadcaster and Book Club curator Rick O’Shea have teamed up with Eason to share their Must Reads for Spring. With a new year, comes a whole new set of books in the literary world, switch off and read with Sinead and Rick’s brilliant recommendations - we’re loving these books and think you will too!

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About Sinéad & Rick

Sinéad Moriarty

As an author of 14 outstanding novels, and as a winner of the Irish Independent Popular Fiction Book of the Year, Sinead knows a thing or two about books. Check out Sinead’s latest must reads!

Rick O'Shea

The well-known broadcaster Rick O’Shea runs the largest book club in Ireland which boasts over 25,000 members, and is a proud and passionate book advocate. Check out his latest must reads!


SINEAD AND RICK’S MUST READS - SPRING SELECTION

The Mercy Seat by Elizabeth Hartley Winthrop

This is one of those novels that is so descriptive and atmospheric that you can actually feel the intensity of the stifling summer heat in Louisiana - I ate this book up. The story was inspired by true events, and tells the tale of Willie, an eighteen-year-old black male who is sitting in jail awaiting the death penalty for having raped a white girl. It is 1943, and whites have all the power. Willie has been sentenced to death by electric chair. But as the book progresses, we realise that maybe he didn’t do it at all. Maybe he was set up.

Told from nine different points of view, you are drawn into this wonderful novel from the very first page, and are sucked into the baking heat, the claustrophobic community and the deeply ingrained racism of that period in American history.

Moving from voice to voice, each of these nine people share their stories, and through these accounts we piece together the real truth. This book will make you cry and stay with you long after you’ve reached the end-it reminded me of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, and I know what high praise that is- but I really loved this story.

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The Last Ones Left Alive by Sarah Davis-Goff

Irish post-apocalyptic fiction is going through a ripe phase at the moment, with everyone from Kevin Barry through to Louise O’Neill penning their visions of Ireland after everything has gone to seed.

Step up Sarah Davis-Goff with her own cracking thriller set in a destroyed Ireland, which has elements of Cormac McCarthy’s dystopian classic ‘The Road’.

Orpen has been raised by two women, her mother and her partner Maeve, on a remote island off the West coast. When Maeve is bitten by one of the ravenous beasts who now roam the country, Orpen has to set off with her, their dog, and a wheelbarrow to find civilisation before it’s too late.

I was breathless by the time I rattled through the last few pages of ‘The Last Ones Left Alive’, and I’m thrilled to know there’s more to come.

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Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss by Rajeev Balasubramanyam

This book is as quirky and charming as its title. Professor Chandra is obsessed with winning the Nobel Prize for economics that he feels he richly deserves. But when he finds out that once again, he has not won, he starts to fall apart.
Shortly after, while out cycling, he is run over on his bicycle and has a heart attack that leaves him weakened and feeling vulnerable. Told by his doctors to take a break, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery and re-awakening.
 
This is a tender, at times hilarious, look at life. Professor Chandra realises that it is only by facing up to his own character flaws that he can find his bliss.
If you loved The Rosie Project, then this book is definitely for you. Funny, moving and tender.
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How To Lose A Country by Ece Temelkuran

I don’t recommend a lot of Non-Fiction here, but every now and then something presents itself that demands to be read - and read urgently. Ece is a Turkish journalist, political commentator and author who lives in exile – here, she walks you through the seven steps of how a populist movement can take control of a country, starting with her home country and Hungary, and then moving closer to home and looking at Brexit and Trump.

If you’re looking all around you and feeling overwhelmed by where the world is going, this is an important, current and, most importantly, very readable book about the populist playbook and how it threatens to engulf us all.

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The Red Address Book by Sofia Lundberg

This wonderful debut novel is a sweet, tender book about life, loss and love, and is a must read for fans of ‘A Man Called Ove’.

When 96 year old Doris ends up in hospital and knows she has not much time left, she wants to make sure her American grand-niece Jenny knows all about her adventurous, colourful and difficult life before it’s too late. Using the names in her address book where she has detailed all the names of the people who have meant the most to her, Doris relates the story of her life.

The delicate style of storytelling throughout ‘The Red Address Book’ is used to give a captivating portrayal of how the aged and elderly have rich and fascinating histories and lives that we can and should learn from. It is also easy to read and hard to put down, and is a wonderful reminder that our lives are enriched by all the people that we have loved and lost.

With a story that is warm, lovely, cosy, heart-breaking, but also hopeful, it’s a book you can curl up and lose yourself in.

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If Only I Could Tell You by Hannah Beckerman

Audrey has two grown up daughters, both with children of their own, but both sides have been estranged ever since a split in the family years earlier causes deep and irreconcilable differences that no-one talks about.

As the plot unravels, and we get acquainted with each of the main characters, we begin to realise the terrible situations they’re all in as the stakes for each of them rapidly increase.

Hannah has such a beautiful style of writing that your heart will twinge more than once during this. Rarely do you come across characters such as these who leave you just a little bereft once you leave them. Very, very impressive.

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When All is Said by Anne Griffin

This is Anne Griffin’s debut novel, and what a way to start! Anne says that her novel was inspired by a chance encounter in a hotel bar with an elderly man who told her that he had worked in the same building as a boy and that he expected the night to be his last. 

Well, thank God for that encounter. Because out of it came this beautiful, tender, heart-wrenching book about loss, grief and regret.

Maurice Hannigan is sitting at a hotel bar in his hometown. As the night wears on, he remembers each of five characters who have played important roles in, and helped shape him throughout his life. Recalling each of them, he toasts his much-loved older brother, his troubled sister-in-law, his daughter of fifteen minutes, his son who lives in America, and his late, beloved wife. 

The book digs deep into the depths of Maurice’s soul and explores personal guilt and loss. It’s a stunning read and Anne is a masterful storyteller who has written a book that is being acclaimed all over the world, and rightly so.

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Daisy Jones And The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Billy Dunne and his band ‘The Six’ are getting a bit of notice in the late 60s and are starting to hit the big time. Daisy Jones is an “It” girl who wants to sing her own songs. This book tells the story of the band’s meteoric rise to fame from the points of view of everyone who was there - and you have to decide who (or what!) you want to believe.
There’s a little of ‘A Star Is Born’ in this (I couldn’t help but imagine Bradley Cooper as Billy!) and also echoes of “this must have been like what it would have been to be in Fleetwood Mac”. The movie rights have already been snapped up by Reese Witherspoon – well worth reading before it before it hits the big screen. 
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