Adult Fiction, Book reviews and recommendations

The Pull of the Stars

Author: Emma Donoghue Genre: Adult Fiction- Historical Fiction Review by: Mary, Newbridge Library Synopsis: In an Ireland doubly ravaged by war and disease, Nurse Julia Power works at an understaffed hospital in the city centre, where expectant mothers who have come down with an unfamiliar Flu are quarantined together. Into Julia's regimented world step two… Continue reading The Pull of the Stars

Adult Fiction

Wolf Hall

Review by: Jan Maher, Castledermot Library Author: Hilary Mantel Genre:  Adult fiction, extensively based on historical accounts Synopsis: England, the 1520s. Henry VIII is on the throne, but has no heir. Cardinal Wolsey is his chief advisor, charged with securing the divorce the pope refuses to grant. Into this atmosphere of distrust and need comes… Continue reading Wolf Hall

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The Glorious Guinness Girls

Author: Emily Hourican Genre: Adult Fiction Review by: Emma, Leixlip Library ★★★ Synopsis: Three sisters, one shared destiny. From London to Ireland during the 1920s, here is a glorious, gripping, and richly textured story that takes us to the heart of the remarkable real-life story of the Guinness Girls -- for fans of Downton Abbey and Julian Fellowes'… Continue reading The Glorious Guinness Girls

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The Great Alone

Author: Kristin Hannah                                Genre: Adult Fiction Reviewed by Elaine Patterson, Newbridge   Synopsis: Thirteen-year-old Leni, a girl coming of age in a tumultuous time, is caught in the riptide of her parents’ passionate, stormy relationship, dares to hope that Alaska will lead to a better future for her family. She is desperate for a place… Continue reading The Great Alone

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A Lost Child of Cyprus

Author: Steven Baker                                   Genre: Historical fiction.                               Reviewed by Elaine Patterson, Newbridge Branch/Headquarters                Age Range: Adult Synopsis: Born into loving family in Famagusta, Yasmin is caught up in the violence that rips her community apart. In the chaos that follows, baby Yasmin is separated from her family, never to see them again. Adopted, she is… Continue reading A Lost Child of Cyprus

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The Mirror and the Light

Author: Hilary Mantel Review by: Mary, Newbridge Library.This book is the final part in the acclaimed Wolf Hall trilogy and is set between 1536 and 1540. Having read the first two books in the trilogy, in some ways it is like meeting old friends after years of absence. We renew our acquaintance with Thomas Cromwell… Continue reading The Mirror and the Light

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Stalingrad

Author: Vasily Grossman Review by: James Durney, Newbridge Library When I read the review of the first ever English translation of Stalingrad by Vasily Grossman in June of last year I decided this was a must-read edition to my book collection. After some strong hints, my daughter bought it for me for Father’s Day. However,… Continue reading Stalingrad

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The House Across the Street

Author: Lesley Pearse Reviewed by: Aoife Kerr, Leixlip Library 23-year-old Katy Speed is fascinated by the house across the street. The woman who lives there, Gloria, is a neighbour on the avenue, who owns a fashionable dress shop in Brexhill-On-Sea. But who is it that arrives in the black car most Saturdays while Gloria is… Continue reading The House Across the Street