Secondhand Irish Biography Books

    Gary Murphy: Haughey [2021] hardback


    With exclusive access to the Haughey archives, Gary Murphy presents a reassessment of Charles Haughey's life and legacy. Saint or sinner? He was the most talented and influential politician of...

    Maggie O'Farrell: I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes With Death: The Breathtaking Number One Bestseller [2018] paperback



    Ivor Browne: Ivor Browne [2008] hardback


    This book charts the career of a man who has always been respected for his compassion, quirky way of thinking and fearless opposition to orthodox psychiatry. More importantly, he tells...

    Hugo Hamilton: The Speckled People [2003] paperback


    'This is the most gripping book I've read in ages ... It is beautifully written, fascinating, disturbing and often very funny.' Roddy Doyle The childhood world of Hugo Hamilton, born...

    Alison O’Reilly: My Name is Bridget: The Untold Story of Bridget Dolan and the Tuam Mother and Baby Home [2018] paperback


    In 1946, twenty-six-year-old Bridget Dolan walked up the path to the front door of the Tuam Mother and Baby Home. Alone and pregnant, she was following in the footsteps of...

    Kathleen O'Malley: Childhood Interrupted [2005] paperback


    In 1950, Kathleen O'Malley and her two sisters were legally abducted from their mother and placed in an industrial school ran by the Sisters of Mercy order of nuns, who...

    Frank McCourt: Teacher Man [2006] paperback


    A third memoir from the author of the huge international bestsellers Angela's Ashes and 'Tis. In Teacher Man, Frank McCourt details his illustrious, amusing, and sometimes rather bumpy long years...

    Cahill Máiría: Rough Beast [2023] paperback


    Mairia Cahill grew up steeped in the traditions of Irish republicanism and the shadowy world of the IRA: her great-uncle Joe was one of the main founders of the Provisional...

    Michael Harding: Staring at Lakes: A Memoir of Love, Melancholy and Magical Thinking [2013] paperback


    Throughout his life, Michael Harding has lived with a sense of emptiness - through faith, marriage, fatherhood and his career as a writer, a pervading sense of darkness and unease...

    Gene Kerrigan: Another Country [1998] paperback


    In his highly addictive style, Gene Kerrigan effortlessly reconstructs the Ireland of the 1950s and early 1960s in which he grew up. An adult world of absolute moral certainties, casual...

    Dennis O'Driscoll: Stepping Stones [2008] hardback


    Widely regarded as the finest poet of his generation, Seamus Heaney is the subject of numerous critical studies; but no book-length portrait has appeared until now. Through his own lively...

    Gavin Mccrea: Cells: memories for my mother [2022] hardback


    'Are you going into town today?' she says, which annoys me because it's something she says all the time, having forgotten she said it before, and I say, 'Jesus, Mum,...

    John Connell: The Stream of Everything [2022] hardback


    'Quietly triumphant.' Donal Ryan 'Ambitious and gentle.' Belinda McKeon 'A terrific book.' Michael Harding In May 2020, John Connell finds himself, like so many others, confined to his local area,...

    Irene Kelly: Sins of the Mother [2015] paperback


    Sins of the Mother is a powerful and inspiring story of a family whose love was tested but never broken, who finally found the strength to heal the past.Irene Kelly...

    Brian Keenan: An Evil Cradling [1993] paperback


    Brian Keenan went to Beirut in 1985 for a change of scene from his native Belfast. He became headline news when he was kidnapped by fundamentalist Shi'ite militiamen and held...

    Eric Cross: Tailor And Ansty [1981] paperback


    The Tailor and Ansty was banned soon after its first publication in 1942 and became the subject of much bitter controversy. It has become a modern Irish classic, promising to...

    Fergal Keane: Letter to Daniel [1996] paperback


    Fergal Keane is one of the BBC's best known foreign correspondents. His latest work for Radio 4 was "Letter to Daniel", an emotional message to his newborn son. This work...

    Neil Belton: A Game with Sharpened Knives [2005] paperback


    This is a novel based on the life of Erwin Shrodinger, one of the giants of 20th-century scientific thought. Neil Belton concentrates on the time Shrodinger spent living in Ireland....

    Ray Goggins: Ranger 22: Lessons From the Front [2021] paperback


    'The path I have travelled, the things I have done and the people I have met in crisis situations have given me a window into those qualities that make us...

    Colm Keane: Going Home: Irish Stories from the Edge of Death - Near-Death Experiences, Out-of-Body Journeys, Death-Bed Visions [2009] paperback


    'What happens when we die?' is the question answered by award-winning journalist Colm Keane in his sensational book Going Home, which contains the most comprehensive descriptions ever provided by Irish...

    Michael Holroyd: Bernard Shaw: v. 1: The Search for Love, 1856-98 [1988] hardback


    This is the first volume of the authorized three-volume life of George Bernard Shaw, the playwright, wit, socialist, vegetarian and polemicist. It covers the first 41 years of his life,...

    Eimear Ryan: Grass Ceiling The: On Being A Woma [2023] paperback


    What is it like to be a girl, or a woman, in a male-dominated sporting world? If you play on the boys' team, more people pay attention - but you...

    Brian Dowling-Gourounlian: Brian and Arthur's Modern Family [2023] paperback


    Brian Dowling and Arthur Gourounlian are among Ireland’s most beloved television personalities and social media stars. The internet exploded when the couple announced they were expecting their first child, with...

    Taylor Alice: Come Sit Awhile [2023] hardback


    Alice celebrates the special moments and the everyday blessings of life.Come sit awhile with Alice Taylor. Take a little time out - to rest, to think, or just to be.Life...

    Caitlin McBride: The Day That Changed My Life [2019] hardback


    Stories to inspire.Stories to connect.Extraordinary moments in which women's lives changed forever.Exhilarating, heartbreaking and ultimately inspiring, The Day That Changed My Life is a remarkable collection of stories of Ireland's...

    Richard Murphy: Kick [2002] hardback


    In The Kick, poet Richard Murphy has constructed, from astonishingly detailed diaries kept over the course of five decades, a unique memoir of his life and times. The book is...

    Vicky Phelan: Overcoming [2019] paperback


    Sunday Times Memoir of the Year 2019RTE Radio 1 Listeners' Choice Award Winner 2019 - An Post Irish Book AwardsWhen Vicky Phelan delivered an emotionally charged statement from the steps...

    Victor Griffin: Mark of Protest [1993] paperback


    This autobiography includes stories of village life in Co Wicklow between the wars, and of schooldays in Kilkenny and of the cosily eccentric Trinity College during the 1940s. Yet even...

    Richard Ellmann: Oscar Wilde [1988] paperback


    In this long-awaited bioraphy, Wilde the legendary Victorian - brilliant writer and conversationalist, reckless flouter of social and sexual conventions - is brought to life. More astute and forbearing, yet...

    Richard Aldous: Tony Ryan [2013] hardback


    Tony Ryan was one of the greatest Irishmen of the twentieth century.Ingenious, driven and sometimes reckless, his sheer spirit and adventurousness made him Ireland's Aviator. Born in a railwayman's cottage...

    Lynn Ruane: People Like Me [2018] paperback


    A force of nature from the day she was born, Lynn Ruane grew up in a loving home in Tallaght, West Dublin. But in her early teens things began to...

    Gifford Lewis: Somerville and Ross [1987] paperback


    Somerville and Ross were two extraordinary Irish writers. Cousins and products of the Anglo-Irish ascendancy world, they reacted both with and against their environment to present in their books a...

    Christina Noble: Bridge Across My Sorrows [1995] paperback


    On the streets of Ho Chi Minh City, the destitute children swarm and the rich turn a blind eye. To these needy children "Mama Tina" has become an irrepressible, unorthodox...

    Richie Sadlier: Recovering [2020] paperback


    Winner of the An Post Irish Sports Book of the Year AwardLonglisted for The William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award'Not only the sports book of the year, the...

    Frank Mccourt: Angela's Ashes [2005] paperback


    Stunning reissue of the phenomenal worldwide bestseller: Frank McCourt's sad, funny, bittersweet memoir of growing up in New York in the 30s and in Ireland in the 40s. It is...

    David Cretzan: The Master of Masters: The Life of Josef Cretzan [2022] paperback


    From humble beginnings in Romania, Josef Cretzan went on to become one of the most accomplished glass blowers of the 20th century. For 37 years his knowledge and skills were...

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