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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 Autumn. Wherever your time off takes you this year, 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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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!
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!
I’m a big admirer of Vicky Phelan, who went to hell and back to expose the Cervical Check scandal. I have always thought she was brave and courageous. But after reading this autobiography I am in awe of her.
In ‘Overcoming’, Vicky takes you through her life, which has been full of tragedy, uphill battles, illness, pain and challenges from a very young age.
It’s hard to say too much without giving away her story, but let me just say that you will be blown away by this woman’s courage, grit and determination.
Before she got cancer, she had already overcome so much adversity. It’s a wonder how she is still standing, never mind fighting court cases and saving lives with her determination to get justice for all the women who have been affected by the cervical scandal.
I read this in one sitting. It will move you to tears many times over.
In ‘Skin’, E.M. Reapy starts with her main protagonist Natalie, in Bali, as she escapes from both a bad relationship and a job she doesn’t belong in. As so many before her have, she chooses to try and get lost on the far side of the world on a circuitous route to, well, we’re not sure where or what.
As we follow Natalie through brief relationships and passing friendships by way of New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, and Holland, we gradually come to the realisation that what she’s actually trying to escape is mainly her own body and just how uncomfortable she is with it. She sees herself as being unattractive when she’s not, comfort eats obsessively, and then slowly attempts to come to terms with how she feels about who she is. She’s an amazing character.
I loved ‘Skin’ because it allowed me to get inside the head of a complex, conflicted character and get a visceral feel for parts of the world I've never been to.
This novel firmly establishes E.M. Reapy as one of contemporary Irish writing’s brightest stars.
This is a beautifully told story of two families, the Gleesons and the Stanhopes, who live next door to each other in a suburban town outside New York.
While they appear similar, the lives behind each family’s front door is very different. Their children, Kate and Peter, are best friends who are just beginning to fall in love with each other, when one night, a tragedy happens that rips their lives apart. We then follow these two families on a 40-year journey through their fractured lives.
Mary Beth Keane writes characters that are incredibly empathetic, genuine and broken. You really feel for all the individuals in the book and become completely invested in their lives.
This is a novel about life – good and bad. It’s also about family, alcoholism, friendship, forgiveness, mental illness, love and tragedy. A kind of modern-day Romeo and Juliet, ‘Ask Again Yes’ is one of those quiet books that stays with you long after you’ve finished reading it.
Faha is a tiny village in the west of Ireland where it’s rained, well, forever. Except one day, it stops just as 17-year-old Noel is back in the village having made a bad hand of trying to become a priest. At the same time, Christy arrives in the village bringing the epoch-changing phenomenon of rural electrification and maybe looking to revisit part of his own distant past and set some things right. Faha will never be the same small spot on the map again.
One way or another I won’t do this immaculate, beautiful, very funny book justice. If you’ve read my Must Reads reviews for long enough you’ll know how it’s all too easy to turn my head with exquisite, unique imagery and incredible writing – ‘This Is Happiness’ is jam-packed with all this, and also so much more. I loved it.
If you admire and respect the actor Christopher Eccleston as much as I do, then this memoir will reinforce those feelings all the more.
Within it, he unpicks his complex relationship with his father both while he is growing up in working class Salford, and then in later life as his father slides into dementia. He also reveals his feelings about what it means to be working class in the industry he has made his life in and then, unexpectedly, how body dysmorphia has dogged him all his life. I cried more than once reading this, maybe because I saw a little of me reflected in him.
This book is honest, unflinching and uncompromising, and I couldn’t take my eyes off it, just like the author’s on screen performances.