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___________________________________________________________________ BookView Ireland :: November 2006 :: Issue No.136 From Irish Emigrant Publications, the free news service for the global Irish community Editor: Pauline Ferrie :: Copyright 2006 Irish Emigrant Ltd ___________________________________________________________________ This monthly supplement to the Irish Emigrant reviews books recently published in Ireland, and those published overseas which have an Irish theme. A searchable database of all books reviewed by us over the last six years is now available at ___________________________________________________________________ Trocaire How can I change a life this Christmas? Buy a Trocaire Global Gift. To view a full range, visit: ____________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ____CONTENTS Bestseller Lists - Paperback Fiction - Paperback Non-fiction - Hardback Fiction - Hardback Non-fiction Reviews - From Borroloola to Mangerton Mountain - Micheal O Muircheartaigh - The Lebanon Diaries =96 Martin Malone - A Different Journey =96 Brian D'Arcy - Galway and the Great War =96 William Henry - Should Have Got Off At Sydney Parade =96 Ross O'Carroll-Kelly - The Blackbird's Nest =96 ed. Frank Ormsby - Kate - Siobhan Parkinson - A Sloping Meadow =96 Sean Crowe - Admiral William Brown =96 Marcos Aguinis, translated by Bill Tyson - A Guide to Dublin Bay =96 John Givens - A Place to Go =96 Maureen Taylor - In the Claws of the Eagle =96 Aubrey Flegg - In the Bestsellers but not reviewed General News - Launch of second edition of poetry publication in Kilkenny - Glen Dimplex New Writer Awards - Two Irish authors in IMPAC longlist - Manuscript marks Bishop O'Doherty centenary - Launch of new poetry collection - McGrath's book wins sports award - Award nomination for Irish-American book - Sonia O'Sullivan launches Guide Dogs book - Author seeks Black and Tan stories - Book Club Festival for Ennis - Minister donates books to Vietnamese library - Other newly published books not featured in the review: ______________________________sponsor______________________________ BookView Ireland has just lauched a new online store! You can now buy the reviewed books, bestsellers and lots more through BookView Ireland in association with Amazon. See BookView Ireland in assocation with at: BookView Ireland in association with at: ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ____BESTSELLERS LIST Paperback Fiction 1. False Impression, Jeffrey Archer - Pan 2. My Fabulous Divorce, Clare Dowling - Headline 3. The Devil Wears Prada, Lauren Weisberger =96 Harper Collins 4. Exclusive, Andrew O'Connor - Poolbeg 5. If You Could See Me Now, Cecelia Ahern =96 Harper Collins Paperback Non-fiction 1.Every Single Ball: The Brian Corcoran Story, Brian Corcoran and Kieran Shannon - Mainstream 2. The Pope's Children, David McWilliams =96 Gill & Macmillan 3. A Different Journey, Brian D'Arcy =96 Sliabh Ban 4. Kerry Katona: Too Much Too Young, Kerry Katona - Ebury 5. Party Animals, Olivia O'Leary =96 O'Brien Hardback Fiction 1. Should Have Got Off at Sydney Parade, Ross O'Carroll Kelly =96 Penguin Ireland 2. A Place Called Here, Cecelia Ahern =96 Harper Collins 3. Yours, Faithfully, Sheila O'Flanagan - Headline 4. Echo Park, Michael Connelly - Orion 5. Cross, James Patterson - Headline Hardback Non-fiction 1. Guinness World Records 2007 - Guinness 2. From Borroloola to Mangerton Mountain, Micheal O Muircheartaigh =96 Penguin Ireland 3. Trinny and Susannah: The Survival Guide, Susannah Constantine and Trinny Woodall - Weidenfeld 4. Back from the Brink: The Autobiography, Paul McGrath - Century 5. Rachel's Favourite Food at Home, Rachel Allen - Collins _________________________sponsor___________________________________ Amazon Buy your books online 30% off at Visit: ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ____REVIEWS ________________________________________________________________ From Borroloola to Mangerton Mountain =96 Micheal O Muircheartaigh Micheal O Muircheartaigh is a consummate communicator and his expertise in the commentator's box moves easily to the written word in this selection of characters he has met on his travels over the years. In a neat symmetry the book opens and closes with portraits of two John Moriartys, set thousands of miles apart but each brought to us with the author's inimitable style and perception. Where most of us would hear someone interesting and make a pious aspiration to find out more, or to follow up with a meeting, Micheal O Muircheartaigh actually carries out the intention. Thus he arranged a meeting with John Moriarty from Sydney, the child of an Aboriginal mother and a Kerryman father who became part of The Stolen Generation, the Australian attempt to "breed out the Aboriginal culture and identity". The second John Moriarty, with whom O Muircheartaigh closes his book, is the eminent philosopher and neighbour of the author, described by him as "the most extraordinary person" he has ever met. And being so immersed in the world of sport, the author has compiled his own "team of the century", but it is a team comprising those who have helped to improve life in Ireland. He places John Moriarty, philosopher, as captain of the team, which also includes Ken Whitaker, Brendan O'Regan of Shannon Airport, and Waterford hurler Tom Cheasty. Micheal O Muircheartaigh's sporting career has taken him to all corners of the world, in the course of which he has met many interesting people and heard stories of some long since dead. In Australia he was particularly taken with the story of Charles Yelverton O'Connor, whose vision brought water to the western part of the continent. The author also acknowledges the huge part paid by loyal sports supporters in his profiles of Joan O'Sullivan from Co. Mayo and Crossmaglen's Margaret McConville. At the same time he does not neglect the more controversial issues of the day and addresses the topics of professionalism in football and hurling, the problems of alcoholism among young people, and the decline of the Church in Ireland. Micheal O Muircheartaigh is a past master in the art of storytelling, engaging with his readers with the same facility with which he engages with his listeners. (Penguin Ireland, ISBN 1-844-88121-0, pp280, Stg18.99) ___________________________________ The Lebanon Diaries =96 Martin Malone Martin Malone, who has based his novels on his experiences as part of the UNIFIL contingent in Lebanon, here gives what the cover describes as "A unique warts and all insight into Irish military life, at home and abroad". A veteran of five tours of duty in Lebanon as a member of the Military Police, Malone experienced both the beauty and the horror of the war-torn country, the sheer tedium of many of the duties and the camaraderie and rivalry among the different armies. The constant fear with which they lived, of mines and of snipers, contrasts with the more mundane aspect of Malone's work on traffic accidents and the prevention of smuggling. More interestingly he gives an insight into the mental anguish, the guilt experienced by family men who repeatedly volunteer for overseas duty. He is scrupulously honest in his assessment of his own motives for pestering the top brass for a tour abroad. Many soldiers, Malone included, certainly opt for the experience for financial reasons =96 his tours paid for a number of house improvements =96 but a number also use the overseas tour of duty as a means of escape from domestic problems. It is a moot point, however, whether the constant absences cause more marital friction than they cure. In Malone's own circumstances he missed large sections of his older son's childhood, and stumbling across a group of youths drinking alcohol among the bushes of the Curragh brings home to him that this could be the fate of his own son. In fact it was the arrival of Barry, ten years after Colin's birth that really brought home to him the sacrifices he was asking of his family. Barry's presence is a recurring theme throughout the book; the small boy seems to have the knack of grounding his father, both literally and figuratively, and his response to the frequent absences shows a depth of feeling and an insight remarkable in one so young. During Malone's army years the hearing issue among serving soldiers came to the fore and he was one of those who took his case to court and won, having suffered from tinnitus for a number of years. Although the controversy over compensation awards was well documented in the media, Malone reveals another side to the story when he gives an account of the extent to which soldiers were vilified in public when the publicity surrounding the cases was at its height. As a new detachment of soldiers set out for Lebanon, this is a timely reminder of the almost impossible task they will face in a country which has known little peace. (Maverick House, ISBN 1-905379-25-0, pp255, EU13.99) __________________________________ A Different Journey =96 Brian D'Arcy Brian D'Arcy has written a book of two parts, a book which sets out all the wrongs inflicted on young priests and on the priesthood in general, but also a book which chronicles his life as chaplain to the entertainment industry in Ireland. One of the best- known priests in the country, particularly for his column in the Sunday World, Father Brian D'Arcy joined the Passionist order in his native Fermanagh at the age of seventeen, and from the day he entered to the time of writing this latest book he has suffered from doubts as to whether he had made the right choice. His grappling with this problem and the honesty with which he reveals his shortcomings, his fear for his family's reaction were he to leave, and the help and advice he received from clergy and lay people, give a vivid portrayal of the realities of the priestly life. The author's views on the present state of the Church, and his list of remedies, pop up at least twice in the narrative and are on the predictable and now fairly widely accepted lines of married clergy, women priests and a much greater involvement of the laity in the administration of the parishes. Some of the suggestions give rise to greater misgivings, such as that both priests and laity should have a say in the selection of bishops. It is notable that Fr Brian was a close friend of the late Fr Michael Cleary who, with Bishop Eamon Casey, became a focal point in the 1990s when it emerged that each had fathered a child. The other side of Brian D'Arcy, the journalist and broadcaster who, when a young curate in Dublin, attended dances seven nights of the week, makes for more difficult reading as, despite some forty years as both chaplain and friend of the likes of Terry Wogan, the showband musicians and Gay Byrne, does not seem to have overcome an almost naive awe at being able to call such people his friends. In one instance of ultimate name-dropping he reels off the names of twenty broadcasters with whom he can claim close ties. He also, it has to be said, claims some credit for the organisation of the visit of Pope John Paul II to Ireland, and the emergence of Riverdance as a stage spectacular. The deeper side of Brian D'Arcy's nature does, however, manifest itself when, acknowledging that there will be little change in his lifetime (and Pope Benedict's recent pronouncement on priestly celibacy would seem to confirm this), he uses a number of images to explain why he perseveres in his ministry. Taking Van Gogh's "The Sower" as his guide, he aspires "to go on planting the green shoots" which will be harvested after he is gone. Similarly he explains the purpose of religious life as a desire to "leave an ember in the ashes" from which future generations can kindle their own fire. Brian D'Arcy the priest beset by doubts is a more sympathetic figure than the Brian D'Arcy who loves to be photographed with the stars. (Sliabh Ban Productions, ISBN 0-9545829-5-0, pp332, EU14.99) ________________________________________ Galway and the Great War =96 William Henry No matter how many books one reads on the subject of the First World War, the recording of the number of lives lost on both sides never fails to shock, and William Henry's account of the Galway dimension of the conflict is no exception. As an instance, he tells us that between the signing of the armistice at 5.10am on November 11, 1918, and the ceasing of hostilities some six hours later, men continued to die at the rate of five hundred every hour. Many Galwaymen were also to die, including a large number of fishermen from the Claddagh who had answered the call to join the navy. A Galway-based historian and archaeologist, William Henry is well placed to record the city and county's contribution to and reaction to the Great War, a time of conflict at home and abroad that caused dissent among the citizens of Galway. The author devotes a major part of the book to the process of recruitment, of the appeal to fight for King and Country, and to defend the honour of small nations. The campaign was not confined to the men of Galway, as every woman was asked to persuade her "best boy" to join the army or navy. The conflict between nationalists and those who followed John Redmond, and the political implications of conscription are well documented, but perhaps the most telling part of the narrative is contained in the letters and reports from the front; those from superior officers consoling bereaved parents with the 'glorious' death of their sons now have a hollow ring. Two of the letters were sent by Walter Macken, the father of the author, who was killed in action in March 1916. While focusing on the major battles of the war in which the Irish regiments were involved, the Somme, Ypres, Neuve Chappelle and Gallipoli, Henry does not forget those at home. A chapter is devoted to the increase in employment when munitions factories were opened up in Galway, giving regular employment to women. The author also deals with the many fundraising efforts that were begun to send 'comforts' to the troops overseas, and the welcome given to a group of Belgian refugees who arrived in Galway in 1914. "Galway and the Great War" succeeds in reducing to the local a global conflict, without belittling the horror or its impact on the lives of all those who lived through "the war to end all wars". (Mercer Press, ISBN 1-85635-524-1, pp134, EU20.00) ___________________________________________________________ Should Have Got Off at Sydney Parade =96 Ross O'Carroll-Kelly Having not read any of O'Carroll-Kelly's previous books (as told to Paul Howard), I was not entirely certain as to what to expect from the latest offering. Initially I found the language difficult, with the distortion of the vowels to emulate the Dublin 4 "Dart" accent, not to mention the rather convoluted rhyming slang. And several times I almost gave up but would then come across a gem of humour which prompted me to persevere. The first of these was Fionn's explanation to Ross of the similarities between the Rastafarians of Jamaica and the denizens of the Northside of Dublin; explaining how the Rastafarians looked on Haile Selassie as the Messiah he tells Ross, "So who is the equivalent for Dublin Scobies? ... Joe Higgins TD, obviously". As the book progressed the "gems" increased so that it was possible to be carried along by the story despite the occasional difficulties in comprehension. The cast of characters includes Ross' long-suffering wife Sorcha whose pregnancy is an integral part of this story; the Northside "skobie" Marty, who becomes the subject of a PhD and through whom the vast gulf between Dublin 4 and those living north of the Liffey is explored; he, however, has the last laugh on Ross and his friends; the incredible Ronan, Ross' eight-year-old son who, though he lives with his mother on the Northside, attends Ross' old school; and Oisinn, a friend who has conceived an interesting line in new perfumes. The sheer lunacy of the plot keeps the narrative flowing, from the arrest in Paris of the Nazi-inspired principal Fr Fehily to Sorcha's scheming and Ross-hating granny, who masters modern technology in a bid to prove that Ross is unfaithful. But throughout all the womanising, the verbal abuse of his father and the obsessions with rugby past and present there is a growing feeling that Ross might just be on the verge of the tiniest bit of maturity, and it will be interesting to see where the self-obsessed woman chaser goes from here. (Penguin Ireland, ISBN 1-844-88091-5, EU14.99) _______________________________________ The Blackbird's Nest =96 ed. Frank Ormsby This collection of poetry by poets who are graduates of or who are in some way connected with Queen's University Belfast has been published in association with the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry, and the Nobel Laureate has provided the foreword to the volume. Philip Hobsbaum, who lectured in English at Queen's, is remembered for his establishment of the Belfast Group of young poets in the 1960s, and many of these are among the contributors. Works by Seamus Heaney, Joan Newmann, Stewart Parker, Medbh McGuckian and Paul Muldoon are among those featured, as are Cathal O Searcaigh and Ciaran Carson; the latter, who was the first director of the Centre for Poetry, provides the afterword to the volume. This is a wonderful selection and representation of the development of Northern poetry over the last century and in particular the important role played by Queen's University. (Blackstaff Press, ISBN 0-85640-796-8, pp152, Stg9.99) ________________________ Kate - Siobhan Parkinson "Kate" is not just a story of a young girl's ambition to be an Irish dancer, for it includes the realities of life as experienced by a young girl growing up in the Liberties' area of Dublin in the 1930s. The extended family comes to the fore when Kate's mother becomes sick, with her young Aunt Polly coming to the rescue in a number of guises. The author has achieved an authentic depiction of life in a much poorer Dublin, a life influenced by the Church and by faith, and a life in which it is sometimes necessary to make compromises. She has also included in the narrative valuable lessons in self-worth which act as an antidote to today's almost epidemic bullying in schools. (O'Brien Press, ISBN 0-86278-993-1, pp158, EU7.95) _____________________________ A Sloping Meadow =96 Sean Crowe Sean Crowe's story of Tom and Kate, set in the rich farming country of County Tipperary, is itself rich in detail of the minutiae of life in mid-twentieth century Ireland. The 'good safe job', life in a boarding house for the single man, the problems of alcoholism and the alienation caused by forced emigration all feature in this tale of love and infidelity. The details, however, tend to distract the reader from the main thrust of the story which is the traditional one of love found, love lost and love regained. The author has, nonetheless, provided a sufficient number of interesting twists and turns in the narrative to hold the reader's attention, a series of mostly credibly characters, and a story that reflects the unchanging nature of the human condition. (Trafford, ISBN 141208365-6, pp356, EU16.50) ___________________________________________________________________ Brown Thomas To find the perfect gift for the special person in your life this Christmas. . . look no further. Brown Thomas provides the perfect solutions, either instore or online. ___________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ Admiral William Brown =96 Marcos Aguinis, translated by Bill Tyson It is a fact that until the recent unveiling of a statue of Admiral William Brown at Sir John Rogerson's Quay in Dublin, there was only one monument in the country, a bust in his home county of Mayo; and this was a present from Argentina. In contrast there are some five hundred statues in Argentina, two towns have been named after him as well as a city and several football clubs. This volume represents a campaign by J.J. O'Hara, president of the Admiral Brown Society, to redress the imbalance. The book, related in the present tense, tells of the emigration of the young William with his father, his father's subsequent death and William's embarkation on a career at sea. It was a career that was to culminate in a series of David and Goliath battles for the liberation of Argentina from the Spanish, although a career that was also marked by controversy. Known in Ireland as the founder of the Argentinian navy, Admiral William Brown is seen as a liberator in South America. Though he suffered from personal tragedy and from bouts of mental illness, his courage and integrity were undiminished. The boy from Foxford devoted his life to the South American continent, where he is still looked upon as a hero. (Admiral Brown Society ( ISBN 0-95196- 249-3, EU17.95) ___________________________________ A Guide to Dublin Bay =96 John Givens John Givens' "Guide to Dublin Bay" is as much a plea for its conservation and preservation as it is a guide, though as the latter it does an admirable job. With a starting point of a potted history of the bay from the first Mesolithic inhabitants to the present day, he then travels the length and breadth of the bay, visiting each area and giving an account of its facilities, its good points and its drawbacks. Givens also tackles a number of different aspects of the bay, the shipwrecks, the building of the Bull Walls, and the different leisure facilities on offer. However each account is peppered with sideswipes at various features =96 he is somewhat scathing about Clontarf Castle =96 although he is also quick to praise places that please him, and the amenities of Clontarf Green and St Anne's Park receive his seal of approval. Givens avoids any danger of crankiness by writing in a conversational style and with humour, though he is deadly serious in his final chapter entitled "The Future of the Bay", in which he sets out developments that have been proposed and suggests ways forward. However his final judgement is rather neutralised by an editing oversight: "Perhaps Dublin has reached the point where preserving Dublin Bay will become a de-facto stance and greedy pomposity will illicit (sic) only mockery. Perhaps". (Liffey Press, ISBN 1-905785-08-9, pp270, EU19.95) ______________________________ A Place To Go =96 Maureen Taylor Maureen Taylor suffered from a disfiguring and limiting hereditary disease, a disease which, she was told by a doctor, was progressive and incurable. In "A Place To Go" she sets out the road she travelled in meeting the challenge of scleroderma and tells her story simply and with an underlying humour. Born into a farming family in Ireland, Maureen's childhood was not a particularly happy one; her mother was distant, her primary school teacher terrorised her, and at the first opportunity she emigrated to America, after having trained as a nurse. It was after her marriage to a widower and while she had a successful second career in real estate, that the disease which she realised had afflicted her Uncle James took hold of her. Maureen gives an account of the journey on which she then embarked, combining conventional medicine with whatever alternative routes seemed to offer some relief, and stresses the support she received from both practitioners and friends. She also focuses on the reaction of her husband who had already lost one wife to illness; he was unable to cope with her deterioration and chose the path of denial. The marriage eventually broke up though she and Bob continued to share the same house for a further ten years. All the therapies, from diet to yoga to herbs to meditation and T'ai Chi Chih, brought about what her doctor described as a miracle, and all signs of the illness disappeared. Scleroderma is a little known disease which attacks the body's connective tissue, and the book has been written to offer hope to sufferers and their families; in this I believe it will succeed. (iUniverse, ISBN 0-595-40530-4, pp124, $13.95) ________________________________________ In the Claws of the Eagle =96 Aubrey Flegg The third in a trilogy with a unifying theme of a painting, "In the Claws of the Eagle" is a beautifully told tale of the life of a young violin prodigy caught up in the 'final solution' of the Nazi era. In a totally engaging opening chapter we meet the young Isaac as a three-month-old lying in his pram and trying to gain the attention of Louise, the subject of the painting. It is the interaction between Isaac and Louise, an interaction also experienced by friends of the musician, which gives to the story a magical quality. The beauty of the painting, and of the music played by Isaac, is placed in sharp contrast with the horrors of Kristelnacht, the fate of Isaac's family and his own time in a concentration camp. The period is placed in an interesting perspective by Louise, who has seen more than enough war and conflict in the two hundred years since her portrait was painted in Holland, and who also understands the heartbreak of lost love. The plunder of European art by the Germans, the establishment of a camp for musicians who were allowed to practise their art in a limited way, and the way in which young people were willingly recruited into the Nazi machine are all covered in this absorbing book for teenagers; it will appeal equally to adults. (O'Brien Press, ISBN 0-86278-827-7, pp278, EU9.95) ___________________________________ In the Bestsellers but not reviewed Of books mentioned in the Bestsellers list which we have not featured, "My Fabulous Divorce" and "Exclusive" are the latest novels from Clare Dowling and Andrew O'Connor respectively; "Every Single Ball: The Brian Corcoran Story" is an account of his sporting career by the Cork hurler, with Kieran Shannon; and "Party Animals" is Olivia O'Leary's continuation of her look at politicians in general and party leaders in particular. ______________________________sponsor______________________________ LOW COST CAR RENTALS IN IRELAND Get great discounts on car rental in Ireland at Argus Rentals, Ireland's leading independent car rental company, offer great rates in Ireland and in over 4,500 locations worldwide. Choose from a large fleet of modern vehicles. Great rates. Excellent customer service. For further information check out: 353-(0)1-4904444 ___________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________ CLASSIFIEDS Please see Classifieds on our website Announcements Bed and Breakfast Education Gifts for Irish Abroad: Moving Services: Professional Services: Property Sale/Rental/Exchange: Travel Services: ___________________________________________________________________ ____GENERAL NEWS __________________________________________________________ Launch of second edition of poetry publication in Kilkenny Kilkenny County Council's Arts Office has announced the launch of the second edition of Rhyme Rag, a poetry publication featuring the work of young Kilkenny writers aged between 12 and 21 years. Close to 250 poems by 218 young people, with little or no previous writing experience, were submitted for inclusion in edition two of the Rhyme Rag, and 31 poems were selected. This year's Rhyme Rag, edited by Rosemary Canavan, takes the form of a comic book, with the illustration being undertaken by artist Ale Mercado. _______________________________ Glen Dimplex New Writers Awards The winners of the Glen Dimplex New Writers Awards, run in association with the Irish Writers' Centre, were announced at the beginning of the month. The Glen Dimplex New Writer of the Year 2006 is Alice Hogge for her historical work "God's Secret Agents", which also received the Biography/Non-fiction Award; Philip O Ceallaigh took the Fiction Award for his novel "Notes from a Turkish Whorehouse"; the Award for Poetry went to Iggy McGovern for "The King of Suburbia"; Stephen Davies was awarded the Children's Book Award for "Sophie and the Albino Camel"; and Philip Cummins received the Duais teanga na Gaeilge Glen Dimplex award for "Nealta". ___________________________________ Two Irish authors in IMPAC longlist Among the 138 novels included in the longlist for the 2007 International IMPAC Literary Award are two Irish authors. John Banville receives a nomination for "The Sea", while "A Long Long Way" by Sebastian Barry is also among the chosen titles. The full list may be seen at and the winner will be announced by the Lord Mayor of Dublin in June, 2007. __________________________________________ Manuscript marks Bishop Doherty's centenary The centenary of the death of Bishop John Keys O'Doherty, which falls next year, will be marked by the publication of a manuscript researched by Derry-born Rev. Bernard J. Canning of St Thomas's Presbytery, Main Street, Neilston, Glasgow. Bishop O'Doherty was the first and last native of Derry City to become Bishop of Derry, according to Fr Canning. _______________________________ Launch of new poetry collection Colette Nic Aodha's new collection of poetry, "Between Curses - Bainne Gear" was launched by writer Mike McCormack in Galway during the month. "Between Curses - Bainne Gear" is a new departure in Irish poetry publishing, being a dual language collection which doesn't consist of translations. ________________________________ McGrath's book wins sports award "Back from the Brink", the autobiography of footballer Paul McGrath, has been named as the inaugural winner of the William Hill Irish Sports Book of the Year. Written with the assistance of Irish Independent journalist Vincent Hogan, it is published by Century Press. ________________________________________ Award nomination for Irish-American book "It May Be Forever =96 An Irish Rebel on the American Frontier" by David M. Quinn has been named as a finalist in the historical fiction category by USABOOKNEWS.COM. See for a review. _________________________________________ Sonia O'Sullivan launches Guide Dogs book In Galway during November Sonia O'Sullivan was on hand to launch the 30th anniversary book of the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind. "Independence" is a collection of interviews, conducted by Caroline O'Doherty, with people who have supported the organisation, have used its services or have been an integral part of the IGDB. __________________________________ Author seeks Black and Tan stories John Waller, author of "Irish Flames" ( is collecting stories on the Black and Tans and will, in time, publish them as "A People's History". If you have a story of the end of British rule in Ireland please email him on or send it to Yiannis Books, 101 Strawberry Vale, Twickenham, TW1 4SJ, UK. ____________________________ Book Club Festival for Ennis Book lovers from across Ireland and Britain have been invited to take part in the inaugural Ennis Book Club Festival in Ennis, Co. Clare from March 2-4 2007. The event, which is being supported by Clare County Library, will be a social and literary gathering to bring together some of the 150 Library Book Clubs and 300 Private Book Clubs that exist nationwide. See for further details. ____________________________________________ Minister donates books to Vietnamese library Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources Noel Dempsey has presented 160 books of Irish interest to the National Library of Vietnam. The books will form part of a wider exhibition of European Union literature which will take place in the National Library in Hanoi from December 4. Mr Dempsey, who presented the books to the library's director, Mr Pham The Khang, was in Hanoi to attend the AASEM ICT Summit. _______________________________________________________ Other newly published books not featured in the review: - "A Gaelic Experiment: The Preparatory System 1926-1961 and Colaiste Moibhi" =96 Valerie Jones (ISBN 905094-01-9 - "Causes for Concern: Irish Politics, Culture and Society" =96 Michael D. Higgins (ISBN 1905483090) - "The Yellow Nib Volume 2" =96 Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry (ISBN 0-85640-791-7) - "The Sheep Breeders Dance" =96 Aine Greaney (ISBN 1-886-226-11-3) - "The Gentle Art of Rotting" =96 Ross Hattaway (ISBN 0-9552757-4-1) - "Parsons Bookshop" =96 Brendan Lynch (ISBN 1-905785-11-9) - "New Hibernia Review" =96 ed. Thomas Dillon Redshaw" (ISSN 1092- 3977) ___________________________________________________________________ BookView Ireland/Irish Emigrant Publications Editor: Pauline Ferrie a: Unit 4, Campus Innovation Centre, Upper Newcastle, Galway, Ireland, t: +353 (0)91 569158 e: w: ___________________________________________________________________ To advertise, email Catherine at To help support this publication, see our voluntary subscription programme at ___________________________________________________________________ To subscribe: email with SUBSCRIBE IEB in the body of the message. To unsubscribe: email with UNSUBSCRIBE IEB in the body of the message. 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