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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 Winter. With the evenings getting shorter, 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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SINEAD AND RICK’S MUST READS - WINTER SELECTION

About Sinéad & Rick

Sinéad Moriarty

As an author of 13 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 18,000 members, and is a proud and passionate book advocate. Check out his latest must reads!

A Keeper by Graham Norton

A Keeper proves that it wasn’t just luck first time around for Graham Norton and that he’s going to be doing this for as long as he wants to. It’s the slow interweaving of two stories – the main one of one woman returning to Ireland to wrap up affairs after her mother’s death, spliced with the story of her mother growing up, meeting her father (thorough an ad in the Irish Farmer’s Journal!) and the dark, dark secrets that only slowly reveal themselves as she digs deeper. He tells the tale that the main plot turning point in this is a true story told to him by his mother and I can well believe it – everything here is real in the way only an Irish story can be. It’s told with tension, warmth and the same flashes of gorgeous turns of phrase that I liked so much from his first novel Holding. I loved it.

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In Pieces by Sally Field

I admit I’m a big fan of Sally Field as an actress. I thought this autobiography would be full of Hollywood tales and insights into her relationship with other actors and directors. She does discuss some of her career highlights, but her memoir is about much more than that. It’s an incredibly insightful and revealing look at her lonely and challenging childhood and also how it formed the person she became. Sally does not hold back from exposing her dysfunctional relationship with her inappropriate step-father and her very complicated relationship with her mother. This beautifully written book made me admire her even more.

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Normal People by Sally Rooney

Sally Rooney became one of contemporary Irish fiction’s brightest shining stars after Conversations With Friends – Normal People makes her more of a Supernova.

Marianne and Connell are growing up in Sligo, one rich and smart, one popular in school but whose mother is the cleaner of the other’s parents. Their story is a story of young people growing up, going to college, falling in and out of love and leading very real lives in a modern Ireland. But it’s also so much more than that. It’s real, full of insight, commentary on class, love, possession, stupidity and the incredible change that we are all capable of going through in a short, short time. The characters really started to dig themselves under my skin after a while and they never really left - I’ve read very little that is as good as it in 2018.

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Fighter by Andy Lee

I know very little about boxing so when I picked up Andy’s Lee’s autobiography, I wasn’t sure I’d enjoy it. I ate this story up. It’s a brilliant tale of Andy’s rise from a young, bullied traveller boy to the middleweight champion of the world. Andy’s sheer grit and determination drove him to become the best boxer in the world. He pushes himself to the limits, moving from Limerick to Detroit to train in the famous Kronk gym of champions. It’s a story of overcoming adversity, pushing your body to the limit and never, ever giving up on your dream.

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Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life by Eric Idle

This is a rare one for me, but it’s a perfect gift in the run up to Christmas for the person who loves comedy and wants to see inside it from one of the elder(!) statesmen. It deals with everything from pre-Python all the way to Spamalot, the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony and beyond, and is just brilliantly warm, fun and never failed to fill me with jealousy at every turn.

I’ll be honest with you, I don’t read a lot of “celeb” autobiographies even though I know how hugely popular they are. Someone has to have done a lifetime of fascinating and extraordinary things and told all about them to attract my attention – this book does just that. There are a thousand enormous clanging namedrops in here and he’s gleeful and joyous about them; he should be, because of all the Pythons he seems to be the one who lived the most rock and roll life. Nudge nudge wink wink, say no mooooaaaaaare…

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The Darkest Place by Jo Spain

This is a gripping and dark thriller with many twists and turns. Not for the fainthearted, it will make you squirm and wince, but will also have you turning the pages, desperate to know what happens next. The book moves between the current day, where DCI Tom Reynolds is trying to solve a murder, to the past where the murder victim worked in a psychiatric institution. The institution was known for its controversial methods of dealing with patients and there are some very dark treatment scenes in the book. As the story gallops along, it will keep you on the edge of your seat until the last page.

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Melmoth by Sarah Perry

Sarah Perry’s follow up to the hugely successful The Essex Serpent is set in modern day Prague and follows Helen, an English expat living there working as a translator, who stumbles on the story of Melmoth the Wanderer through friends and colleagues. Melmoth is a figure who wanders history witnessing the crimes people commit and ultimately, holding them to account for their transgressions. As we get to read stories of Melmoth that Helen comes across in manuscripts and lost diaries, the reader gradually begins to wonder if she is real, or, is she a long-held sense of collective guilt for those who believe in her? And is she coming for Helen too? Yes, this is a horror book, but only in the sense that it’s creepy, eerie and chilling rather than deeply shocking and terrifying. If, like me, you’re a fan of Victorian gothic, then this will be right down your dark, cobbled alleyway.

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The Book of Love by Fionnuala Kearney

Falling in love is easy, staying in love is not. This is the premise of this beautiful, heart-wrenching love story. Erin and Dom fall in love very quickly and no one thinks the marriage will last, but it does. Through some very difficult and turbulent times, they manage to keep communicating via their ‘Book of Love’. The Book of Love is a notebook where they write messages to each other - communicating all the things they can’t say to each other. This book is a tender but also gritty, warts and all look at marriage. Dom and Erin face grief, loss and many other hurdles and they stumble through life. Their enduring love story will move you to tears.

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