Irish Biography

    Read the tales of some of the most famous and influential individuals from Ireland. These Irish biography books are sure to provide you with new insights.



    Julia Kelly met a charismatic and successful artist, Charlie Whisker, while she was working on her first novel. He was twenty years older than her. Their relationship was passionate and...



    With the imminent arrival of her third child, veterinary surgeon, Gillian Hick, decides to abandon the perils of mixed animal practice, in a favour of setting up a small animal...

    Thin Places PB


    SHORTLISTED FOR THE WAINWRIGHT PRIZE FOR NATURE WRITING - HIGHLY COMMENDED'Remarkable' Robert Macfarlane'Beautiful' Amy Liptrot'Powerful, unflinching . . . Part hymn to nature, part Troubles memoir' GuardianKerri ni Dochartaigh was...



    'The first time Shocks saw Amber coming, he lowered his head so she could wrap her arms around his nose. It was as if they understood each other's pain. Like...

    Growing Up with Ireland: A Century of Memories from Our Oldest and Wisest Citizens


    'An incredible portal to our past' The Sunday TimesOn 7 January 1922, Ireland became a free state. Born into that era of turbulence and hope were the twenty-six women and...

    Lost, Found, Remembered HB Z16


    'A fearless investigative journalist and author.' PATTI SMITH'Determined, tenacious, intelligent, and honest in her approach.' ANNA BURNS'A fierce light, a formidable voice.' SINEAD GLEESONA memorial collection of writings by the...



    Her mother, who wrote vivid versions of old Irish folk tales, once said of the Irish Civil War: 'In those days... fear kept you from sleeping, but also from getting...

    The Story of Ireland's Only Steeplejill


    Angela Collins O'Mahony came from a small farming background and originally worked as a secretary for a steeplejack company. One day she was sent to a site to deliver materials...

    Pain-Free Life: My Journey to Wellness


    Irish broadcaster and producer Andrea Hayes is well known to the Irish public for her positive, friendly and down-to-earth persona on television and radio. Hidden behind her smile though, is...

    Twelve Thousand Days: A Memoir of Love and Loss


    'I caught a glimpse of him, behind the veil. And he knew I'd caught it. There was that understanding between us. We were members of the club of the X-ray...

    Captured by a Vision: A Memoir


    "...we are more than capable of transforming our own country."These are the words of an Irish Presbyterian minister who participated in some of the most important events in the recent...

    How to Fall Apart PB Z1


    'Honest, vulnerable and empowering' Angela Scanlon'Poignant, profound, and moving, I have no doubt that this beautifully written book will comfort anyone who is in the process of falling apart' Louise...

    Running From the Shadows: A true story of how one woman faced her past and ran towards her future


    In Running from the Shadows Stephanie Hickey tells, in her own words, how she survived abuse at the hands of a trusted family member and of how running, a simple...

    Beyond the Tape: The Life and Many Deaths of a State Pathologist


    The Number One bestselling memoir from Ireland's former state pathologistIn 1997, Dr Marie Cassidy arrived in Dublin from Glasgow. There to discuss a possible deputy state pathologist post with Professor...

    The Running Book: A Journey through Memory, Landscape and History


    'Sensational! John Connell has done it again' - Dean KarnazesFrom the award-winning, No.1 bestselling author of The Cow BookIn The Running Book, John Connell vividly describes a marathon through County...

    A Guarded Life: My story of the dark side of An Garda Siochana


    A GARDA, A FORCED ADOPTION, A FIGHT FOR JUSTICEIn 1984, Majella Moynihan was a fresh-faced young garda recruit when she gave birth to a baby boy. Charged with breaching An...

    Above Water: A Stolen Childhood, An Enduring Scandal, A Survivor's Story


    "When my parents signed me up to Trojan Swimming Club, they had no idea of the evil behind Gibney's interest in me. As a thirteen-year-old, who knew nothing but kindness...

    What Matters Now: A Memoir of Hope and Finding a Way Through the Dark


    In 2018, after receiving a life-changing diagnosis, broadcaster Gareth O'Callaghan retired from full-time work and gave up the career that he had loved for decades.In this deeply personal and inspiring...

    Death Need Not Be Fatal


    In his book, DEATH NEED NOT BE FATAL, McCourt explores the role death has played and continues to play in his life and in the world. From the dead babies...

    Crime or Compassion?: One woman's story of a loving friendship that knew no bounds


    'I was torn. My best friend needed me. But little did I know then what the consequences of helping her would be...'In 2015, Gail O'Rorke stood trial on three counts...

    Fully Functioning Human (Almost): Living in an Online/Offline World


    'I'm just a nitwit girl who's sort-of stumbling through life learning that we all have our own roads to walk - but that it's still valuable, and rather lovely, to...

    Talking to Strangers: And other ways of being human


    'Harding writes like an angel' Sunday TimesTalking to Strangers, from the No.1 bestselling author of Staring at Lakes, Hanging with the Elephant and On Tuesdays I'm a Buddhist is a...

    What Matters: Reflections on Important Things in Life


    In this book of consideration and appreciation, best-selling author and broadcaster Mary Kennedy takes stock of her life and those things most important in it. She considers what makes us...

    NYPD Green: The True Story of an Irish Detective Working in one of the Toughest Police Departments in the World


    'Luke Waters had more than 20 years on the job. What he saw, what he heard and what he did will make you sit up, stay up and keep reading...

    Full On


    In Full On, ex-government minister, businessman and broadcaster Ivan Yates recounts a fascinating political and personal story. From his early days in Enniscorthy to his youthful entry into national politics...

    It's Not Yet Dark


    In 2008, Simon Fitzmaurice was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (mnd). He was given four years to live. In 2010, in a state of lung-function collapse, Simon knew with crystal...

    Hanging with the Elephant: A Story of Love, Loss and Meditation


    'A compelling memoir. Absorbing and graced with a deceptive lightness of touch, [Hanging with the Elephant] is clever and brilliantly pieced together. Harding writes like an angel' Sunday TimesFrom the...



    Before he was thirty, at the beginning of the nineteenth century, Thomas Weaver was an accomplished engineer and geologist who was successfully managing Avoca's main copper mine and had brought...



    Throughout the highs and lows of a 30-year career as one of Ireland's best-loved radio and television personalities, Marty Whelan has always remained upbeat, with a determination for survival and...



    Come travelling with Francis Brennan around the world and back again.'I have often been in awe of all the wonderful things I've seen: the bustling cities, the strange and wonderful...



    For every woman who's ever looked in the mirror and felt crap.Jules Coll was a slim child, which was misleading in a way, as she spent her formative years doing...



    'Thirty feet above ground, I picked some flecks of peeling paint from my skin and looked clean across the dressing-room rooftops ... to the cars whizzing by on the Straight...



    One day, years after he's moved away from his childhood home in rural Ireland, Dermot Healy returns to care for his ailing mother. Out of the blue she hands him...

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