Non-Fiction Titles

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Non-Fiction titles are organised according to author surname.






Author Surnames  A-E

A Woman in Berlin by Anonymous

Book cover imageBetween April 20th and June 22nd of 1945, the anonymous author of A Woman in Berlin wrote about life within the falling city as it was sacked by the Russian Army. She describes her experiences and observations in this stark and vivid diary.












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Author Surnames   F-J

The Transformation of Ireland: 1900 - 2000 by Diarmaid Ferriter

Book cover imageThis is a ground-breaking history of the twentieth century in Ireland.It is significant that it begins in 1900 and ends in 2000. Most accounts have begun in 1912 or 1922 and largely ignored the end of the century. Politics and political parties are examined in detail but high politics does not dominate the book, which rather sets out to answer the question: 'What was it like to grow up and live in 20th-century Ireland?' It makes extensive use of unused or neglected sources. It deals with the North in a comprehensive way, focusing on the social and cultural aspects, not just the obvious political and religious divisions.


The Vatican Pimpernel by Brian Fleming

Book cover imageDuring the German occupation of Rome from 1942 to 1944, Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty, a Kerryman and Vatican diplomat, devoted himself to running an escape organisation for Allied POWS, civilians and Jews. Safe within the Vatican with diplomatic immunity, he ventured out in disguise on a regular basis, building a network of contacts and safe locations. When the Allies arrived he had saved over 6,000 and was known as the ‘Pimpernel of the Vatican’.


The Accidental Adventurer by Ben Fogle

Book cover imageBen Fogle's life to date has been action-packed to say the least. He has rowed across the Atlantic, walked to the South Pole, run the Sahara and skated across Sweden. He has encountered remote tribespeople in deepest Papua New Guinea This is not just another tale of derring-do for its own sake. Rather it's a book about defying expectations, conquering shyness, battling laziness and, just occasionally, winning.


Preventing the Future by Tom Garvin

Book cover imageFrom the mid-thirties through to 1960, independent Ireland suffered from economic stagnation, and also went through a period of intense cultural and psychological repression. While external circumstances account for much of the stagnation, Garvin argues that the situation was aggravated by internal circumstances. The key domestic factor was the failure to extend higher and technical education and training to larger sections of the population. This resulted in large numbers of young people being denied preparation for life in the modern world and, arguably, denied Ireland a sufficient supply of trained labour and educated citizens.


Memoir by John McGahern

Book cover imageThis is the story of John McGahern's childhood, his mother's death, his father's anger and violence, and how, through his discovery of books, his dream of becoming a writer began. At the heart of Memoir is a son's unembarrassed tribute to his mother. His memory of walks with her through the narrow lanes to the country schools where she taught and his happiness as she named for him the wild flowers on the bank remained conscious and unconscious presences for the rest of his life. A classic family story, told with exceptional restraint and tenderness, Memoir cannot fail to move all those who read it.










Renegades: Irish Republican Women 1900 - 1922 by Ann Matthews

Book cover imageRenegades details the tragedies, triumphs, politics and conflicts experienced by Irish women during the country's War of Independence and Civil War. It will shock and possibly disturb any romanticised views of their role in this period of Irish history because the reality of the abuse of women within the general population by both sides in both Wars is absent in most histories of the period. But this 'war on women', which manifested itself in the form of physical and sexual assaults meant that many women suffered a terror that was not confined to armed conflict.





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Author Surnames   P-T



The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Book cover imageHer name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. Born a poor black tobacco farmer, her cancer cells - taken without her knowledge - became a multimillion-dollar industry and one of the most important tools in medicine. Yet Henrietta's family did not learn of her 'immortality' until more than twenty years after her death, with devastating consequences. Balancing the beauty and drama of scientific discovery with dark questions about who owns the stuff our bodies are made of, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is an extraordinary journey in search of the soul and story of a real woman, whose cells live on today in all four corners of the world.








The Child that Books Built by Francis Spufford

Book cover imageWhat would you find if you went back and reread all of your favourite books from childhood? Francis Spufford discovers both delight and sadness, in this beautifully written memoir. Fairy tales, Where the Wild Things Are, Lord of the Rings, the Narnia books, The Little House on the Prairie, The Earthsea Trilogy Re-reading and re-living these books, and investigating their literary origins and rich histories, Spufford reveals what it was like to be an obsessive reader as a child. As the book unfolds, he gradually uncovers his own childhood, and his unique reason for taking refuge in stories.















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Author Surnames   U-Z


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