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People Like Me

by Lynn Ruane Gill Books (September 14, 2018)

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 unravel, and she fell into a life of petty crime and chaotic...


Jack Lynch, A Biography

by Dermot Keogh Gill Books (September 04, 2009)

Jack Lynch is one of the most important and perhaps most underrated Irish political leaders of the twentieth century.

A sportsman who won six All-Ireland medals in a row with Cork, he was also a civil servant...


De Valera Volume 1

by David McCullagh Gill Books (October 20, 2017)

Éamon de Valera was the single most consequential Irish figure of the twentieth century. He was a leader in the Easter Rising, the figurehead of the anti-Treaty rebels during the dark days of the Civil War...


The M Word

by Maïa Dunphy Gill Books (October 20, 2017)

Do you find yourself fumbling through motherhood? Join the club!

Babies are gorgeous, exhausting, tyrannical little bundles of joy. They demand all of our time, energy and sanity, and give us nothing but cute...


In America

by Caitríona Perry Gill Books (October 27, 2017)

As RTÉ’s Washington correspondent, Caitríona Perry has earned a reputation as a reliable source of truth as the world tries to make sense of the maelstrom of shocking headlines emanating from Donald Trump’s...


Corn Flakes for Dinner

by Aidan Comerford Gill Books (October 13, 2017)

What do you do when both of your daughters have been diagnosed with autism, your wife is depressed and your job has been made redundant? You become a comedian!

After years of feeling like he was losing at life,...


The Choice

by Philly McMahon Gill Books (October 13, 2017)

When Dublin footballer Philly McMahon lost his older brother John in 2012, it brought to an end a painful decade, during which John had slipped from the family circle into a deteriorating cycle of addiction....


A Time to Risk All

by Clodagh Finn Gill Books (October 13, 2017)

Clodagh Finn has travelled throughout Europe to piece together the story of this remarkable, unknown Irish woman, meeting many of those children Mary Elmes saved. Here, in a book packed with courage, heroism,...


A Place Near Heaven A Year in West Cork

by Damien Enright Gill Books (April 27, 2004)

West Cork is a magical place. The countryside has remained unspoiled and the people unaffected.

A Place Near Heaven is the story of a calendar year in West Cork.

Tranquil and beautifully written, it is a book...


The Abbey Rebels of 1916

by Fearghal McGarry Gill Books (October 30, 2015)

The story of the 1916 Easter Rising and its aftermath from a new persepective

The Abbey Theatre played a leading role in the politicisation of the revolutionary generation that won Irish freedom, but comparatively...


The Good Fight

by Jim McDowell Gill Books (September 15, 2017)

The year is 1969. The start of the Troubles in Northern Ireland. For Jim McDowell, a rookie reporter, it was the beginning of a life at the heart of one of world’s most notorious and bitter conflicts.

His gripping...


Breaking the Silence

by Martin Ridge & Gerard Cunningham Gill Books (April 01, 2008)

Assigned to a quiet corner of Ireland's most remote county, Martin Ridge was heading for retirement after a long career with An Garda Síochána, the Irish police force. All that changed when a call from a local...


Against the Tide

by Noël Browne Gill Books (June 12, 2007)

'Against the Tide' is a story told with honesty and great emotion; the narrative of a life in which tragedy and good fortune succeeded each other with bewildering speed. After training as a doctor, Noël Browne...


Michael Collins: The Lost Leader

by Margery Forester Gill Books (September 12, 2006)

In print continuously for more than thirty years, this book is long established as a reliable and affectionate portrait of Michael Collins.

First, published in 1971, its great strength is that the author was...


The Kindness of Place: 20 Years in West Cork

by Damien Enright Gill Books (March 16, 2012)

Damien Enright is a journalist, television writer-presenter, broadcaster and poet. He has written a weekly nature column in theIrish Examiner for twelve years. He is the author of five walking guides to West...


This Great Calamity: The Great Irish Famine

by Christime Kinealy Gill Books (May 02, 2006)

The Great Famine of 1845-52 was the most decisive event in the history of modern Ireland. In a country of eight million people, the Famine caused the death of approximately one million, while a similar number...


Tony Ryan

by Richard Aldous Gill Books (August 30, 2013)

In this authorised biography of one of the most remarkable Irishmen of the twentieth century, Richard Aldous is independent in his judgements and frank in his examination of his subject’s shortcomings and...


Sophia's Story

by Susan McKay Gill Books (February 18, 2004)

In 1995, Sophia McColgan's father was sentenced to prison for the serial rape and abuse of his children over many years. He had first raped Sophia when she was only six. It had taken immense courage on the part...


Big Fellow, Long Fellow. A Joint Biography of Collins and De Valera

by T. Ryle Dwyer Gill Books (September 12, 2006)

Michael Collins and Eamon de Valera were the two most charismatic leaders of the Irish revolution. This joint biography looks first at their very different upbringings and early careers. Both fought in the 1916...


Into the Dark

by Johnston Brown Gill Books (November 01, 2005)

Johnston Brown was hailed by Martin Dillon as "the superb investigator who was central to bringing ‘Mad Dog’ Adair to justice." According to Dillon," the day [Brown] publishes the story of life in the RUC,...


The Islander. Complete and Unabridged A translation of An tOileánach

by Tomás O'Crohan, Gary Bannister & David Sowby Gill Books (September 14, 2012)

This superb account of life on the Great Blasket Island off the west coast of Kerry, written as the nineteenth century draws to its close and the dawn of a new era trespasses on the lives of its small community,...


The White Heat – My Autobiography

by Tomás Ó Sé Gill Books (October 16, 2015)

‘I went as hard as I could for as long as I could’

When Tomás Ó Sé retired from the Kerry senior panel in 2013, he did so as one of the longest-serving players in intercountry history and one of its most...


Until Victory Always

by Jim McGuinness Gill Books (October 23, 2015)

‘There’s a difference between living and being alive.’

Jim McGuinness inherited a wounded thing when he took over as manager of the Donegal senior football team in the summer of 2010. When he stepped down...


The Maximalist

by Matt Cooper Gill Books (September 11, 2015)

I am a maximalist … I want more of everything.’

Tony O’Reilly strode into the twenty-first century an Irishman apart. Strikingly good-looking, athletically gifted, irresistibly charismatic and phenomenally...


Flabyrinth

by Jules Coll Gill Books (August 26, 2016)

For every woman who’s ever looked in the mirror and felt crap: a funny, filthy and uplifting account of one woman’s quest to leave body insecurity behind.

Jules Coll was a slim child, which was misleading...


Letters of My Life

by Mary O'Rourke Gill Books (September 16, 2016)

As she nears 80, Mary O’Rourke reflects on her life and its universal themes through letters.

To the Athlone Fianna Fáil Women’s Group … to a future female politician … to a young couple embracing on...


This is Charlie Bird

by Charlie Bird & Kevin Rafter Gill Books (September 29, 2006)

Charles "Charlie" Bird has had a long and distinguished career in Irish Journalism. He joined RTE – The National Broadcaster– in 1974. He has been at the heart of every big news event for over thirty years,...


Just Mary: A Political Memoir From Mary O'Rourke

by Mary O'Rourke Gill Books (October 12, 2012)

In this memoir Mary O' Rourke writes, with remarkable candidness and humour, of personal and political events; of the many senior political figures with whom she worked, including Charles Haughey and Bertie...


Paid For – My Journey through Prostitution

by Rachel Moran Gill Books (April 05, 2013)

When you are 15 years old and destitute, too unskilled to work and too young to claim unemployment benefit, your body is all you have left to sell.

‘THE BEST WORK BY ANYONE ON PROSTUTION EVER.’ Catherine...


Forgotten Soldiers

by Stephen Walker Gill Books (October 23, 2007)

Drawing upon war diaries, court martial papers and interviews with veterans and family members, award-winning BBC journalist Stephen Walker explains how, often exhausted by battle, or suffering shell-shock,...


The Line

by Ian Gargan Gill Books (October 07, 2016)

What does it take to make good people do bad things? Unlock the door to the criminal mind in The Line, the outstanding debut from Ireland’s leading criminal psychologist.

Here Dr Ian Gargan unravels the motives...


A Tragedy Waiting to Happen – The Chaotic Life of Brendan O’Donnell

by Tony Muggivan & JJ Muggivan Gill Books (September 08, 2004)

For years, Tony Muggivan urged the Irish social system to offer appropriate treatment to the desperately sick Brendan O’Donnell. A Tragedy Waiting to Happen is the harrowing story of his doomed attempts and...


Hallelujah – The story of a musical genius and the city that brought his masterpiece to life

by Jonathan Bardon Gill Books (October 23, 2015)

18 November, 1741. George Frideric Handel, one of the world’s greatest composers, arrives in Dublin – the second city of the Empire – to prepare his masterpiece, Messiah, for its maiden performance the...


The Grangegorman Murders

by Alan Bailey Gill Books (July 31, 2015)

On the morning of 7 March 1997, the bodies of two elderly female patients were discovered in their sheltered accommodation at Grangegorman Psychiatric Hospital in Dublin.

It would be a further 16 years before...


The Irish Paradox

by Sean Moncrieff Gill Books (September 25, 2015)

What does it mean to be Irish?

‘We’ve been clever and stupid, principled and corrupt. We can be kind and cruel, guilty of dopey optimism and chronic fatalism. We’re friendly, but near impossible to get...


Eleanor, Countess of Desmond

by Anne Chambers Gill Books (February 25, 2001)

Set in a period of invasion, military conflict, social and political chaos perpetrated by the Tudor conquest of Ireland, the story of Eleanor, Countess of Desmond recounts the heroic efforts of a woman to protect...


Coming Home

by Michael Mccaughan Gill Books (March 10, 2017)

‘Some part of me believed I would become a more complete person if I spoke Irish, more in tune with my roots, my identity, my very being.’

‘A hugely enjoyable linguistic travelogue that is also a sort of...


The Glorious Madness – Tales of the Irish and the Great War

by Turtle Bunbury Gill Books (October 17, 2014)

From tragic generals to nuns on the run – the extraordinary stories of the Irish on the frontlines of the First World War that you’ve never heard before

Based on first-hand accounts of the First World War,...


Sean O'Casey, Writer at Work

by Christopher Murray Gill Books (March 28, 2006)

Christopher Murray’s definitive study of Seán O’Casey, the last great writer of the Irish literary revival, provides a strong interpretative context for his life.

Murray looks afresh at the Dublin of the...


James Connolly, A Full Life

by Donal Nevin Gill Books (August 30, 2005)

‘Hasn’t it been a full life, Lillie, and isn’t this a good end?’, were James Connolly’s last words to his wife in Dublin Castle in the early hours of 12 May 1916 just before his execution for his part...


The Ascent

by Barry Ryan Gill Books (September 22, 2017)

Barry Ryan is European Editor at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and other events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared...


Eliza Lynch

by Michael Lillis & Ronan Fanning Gill Books (September 11, 2009)

Escaping a desperate marriage at the age of 20, Eliza Lynch fled Ireland to Paris where her extraordinary beauty and intelligence won the attention of the soon-to-be dictator of Paraguay, Francisco Solano López....


Fingers: The Man Who Brought Down Irish Nationwide and Cost Us €5.4bn

by Richard Curran & Tom Lyons Gill Books (February 22, 2013)

Michael Fingleton was an Irish banking legend, the ultimate big money lender. He took Irish Nationwide Building Society from an obscure mortgage provider to a multi-billion euro property-lending casino, leaving...


James Larkin: Lion of the Fold

by Donal Nevin Gill Books (March 12, 2014)

This book is a detailed compilation of writings and lectures about the life of James Larkin.

It reviews his influence in history and on various movements across the country and abroad.

James Larkin: Lion of the...


Another Country – Growing Up In ’50s Ireland

by Gene Kerrigan Gill Books (April 01, 1998)

From First Communions to CIÉ Mystery Tours – the heartwarming story of award-winning journalist Gene Kerrigan’s childhood in Dublin in the ’50s

In his highly addictive style, Gene Kerrigan effortlessly...


Seán MacBride, A Life

by Elizabeth Keane Gill Books (October 16, 2007)

An exceptional man, an extraordinary career – a life of Seán MacBride, Ireland’s most distinguished statesman

Sean MacBride (1904–1988) was at different times the Chief of Staff of the IRA, a top criminal...


The Irish Majors: The Story Behind the Victories of Ireland's Top Golfers -  Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell, Darren Clarke and Pádraig Harrington

by Philip Reid Gill Books (September 28, 2012)

When Pádraig Harrington won the Open Championship in 2007, he became only the second Irish golfer ever to win a Major, ending a drought which dated back to Fred Daly’s victory of 1947. But Harrington’s...


Inside Man

by Philip Bray Gill Books (September 19, 2008)

In 1977, Philip Bray joined the Irish prison service, working in Limerick Prison. At the time, prisons were places where pillows, blankets and even food were scarce. Most prisoners were illiterate and luxuries...


Life After Life

by Paddy Armstrong & Mary-Elaine Tynan Gill Books (March 10, 2017)

Paddy Armstrong was one of four people falsely convicted of The Guildford Bombing in 1975. He spent fifteen years in prison for a crime he did not commit.

Today, as a husband and father, life is wonderfully ordinary,...


The Fall of the House of Paisley

by David Gordon Gill Books (October 30, 2009)

In this hard-hitting study of political power, award-winning journalist David Gordon studies the political downfall of Ian Paisley and his son and shines an uncompromising light on Northern Ireland's political...