The Irish Mail on Sunday
Find the perfect books to stock your newe-library
You’ll be amazed by the bargains on e-books – republished novels as low as €1; shorter books such as Kindle Singles at €1.20. Here we’ve some of the best Singles, plus top-rated older novels and special deals on hit authors. Rival Kobo (whose online Kobo store is used by Sony Readers) also has daily deals, with new novels on sale for as little as €2.
THE REPUBLIC: THE FIGHT FOR IRISH INDEPENDENCE, CHARLES TOWN SEND €5.72
The latest from the writer who gave us Easter 1916 is a history of the protracted fight for independence that pitted the Irish against the British – and against ourselves. A fascinating account of the damage, betrayals and compromises that led to the birth of a new republic.
THE SNOWDEN OPERATION –EDWARD LUCAS €1.21
Anyone who feels a shred of sympathy for Edward Snowden, look away now. This account of the so-called whistleblower, by a writer who has observed the world of intelligence for 30 years, paints him as less a hero, more a pawn who has put lives at risk and played into the hands of Putin. Guaranteed to start fights at dinner parties.
THE COLOUR WAR–JODI PICOULT €1.21
This e-book might be a little on the short side (you’ll finish it in your lunch break) but The
Colour War shows off Picoult’s skill at addressing ‘difficult’ issues without ever resorting to pompous lectures. The rifts between black and white and rich and poor come to the fore in this tale of a youngster sent away to a summer camp that is riven with racial and social tensions.
ALAN TURING: UNLOCKING THE ENIGMA – DAVID BOYLE
Legend had it for years that Apple’s logo referred to the cyanide-laced fruit that killed World War Two codebreaker Alan Turing, a British computing pioneer. Devoid of the hero-worship that Turing usually inspires, this refreshing book unearths new facts and perspectives on a man who saved lives, but was, above all, a true eccentric.
SOMEWHERE TO HIDE–MEL SHERRATT €2.44
Sherratt is a unique voice in detective fiction, capturing the terror of abused women far better than any male writer. After years of rejection,
Taunting The Dead hit number one on Kindle’s besteller charts (thanks in part to a 1.21c price tag), and Sherratt still offers regular bargains on her Estate series. This is the first, and best.
DOWN TURN ABBEY–ROSS O’CARROLL KELLY €4.88
More amusing southsider-baiting from the acerbic Paul Howard. This instalment tells the story of how, when everyone’s favourite failed rugby star inherits an enormous mansion in Killiney, a nearly-middle-aged (well, 31year-old) Ross tackles his new responsibilities. Or not.
BEFORE WE MET–LUCIE WHITEHOUSE €1.89
Even established authors are offering new work at knockdown prices to build a readership. Whitehouse’s latest is available as a limited-time offer.
PERSEVERANCE – KRISTIN PECK €2.25
This non-fiction short takes us through a couple’s three miscarriages and explores a pain that medicine has few answers to – before an ending which shows how joy comes from unexpected places.
A GIRL IS A HALF-FORMED THING – EIMEAR MCBRIDE
McBride’s poignant tale of an Irish childhood lived in the shadow of a younger brother’s illness is written in a distinctive, unforgettable voice.
A FINE AND DANGEROUS SEASON – KEITH RAFFEL
A spy novel written by an advisor to America’s Senate Intelligence Committee, this tells the story of the Cuban Missile Crisis via a college friend of JFK.