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Troubles

Troubles

by J.G. Farrell

  • LITERATURE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 459 PAGES

Set on the eve of the Irish Rebellion, this first novel in Farrell's remarkable series illuminates the British Empire's decline in Ireland to hilarious, haunting effect. Winner of the Lost Man Booker Prize. (IRE171, $16.95)

D-Day June 6, 1944

D-Day June 6, 1944

by Stephen Ambrose

  • HISTORY
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 655 PAGES

Ambrose's riveting popular account of the climactic battle of WWII. (FRN40, $19.99)

Normandy Map 513

Normandy Map 513

by Michelin

  • MAP

A colorful, detailed map of Normandy at a scale of 1:200,000, featuring Rouen, Le Havre and the route of the Seine from west of Paris to the Atlantic. (FRN49, $11.95)

Great Britain and Ireland Map

Great Britain and Ireland Map

by Kunth Verlag

  • 2009
  • MAP

A nicely detailed map showing both Great Britain and Ireland at a scale of 1:800,000. (GBR31, $11.95)

 
Fodor's Dublin's 25 Best

Fodor's Dublin's 25 Best


by Fodor's

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

Take along this handy pocket guide, which includes a map and information on city highlights. (IRE30, $13.99)

Michelin Green Guide Normandy

Michelin Green Guide Normandy


by Michelin Travel Publications

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 464 PAGES

A thorough introduction to Normandy and the Channel Islands in the classic Michelin style, featuring brief descriptions of all the major attractions. (FRN89, $21.99)

1066, The Year of the Conquest

1066, The Year of the Conquest


by David Howarth

  • HISTORY
  • 1981
  • PAPER
  • 207 PAGES

A crack medievalist and storyteller, Howarth brings to life the momentous events of 1066 in rich, anecdotal history -- a classic portrait of the Norman invasion and conquest of England. (GBR115, $15.00)

Celtic Prayers from Iona

Celtic Prayers from Iona


by J. Philip Newell

  • RELIGION
  • 1997
  • HARD COVER
  • 96 PAGES

While wardens on the island, Philip Newell and his wife were inspired by Gaelic prayer and the poems of the 19th-century Scotsman Alexander Carmichael. To spread their appreciation for the art form, they developed this handsome book of prayers. (SCT21, $14.95)

Easter Rising 1916, Birth of the Irish Republic


by Michael McNally

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 96 PAGES

An accessible examination of the six day uprising against British rule in the name of a new Irish Republic. (IRE199, $19.95)

How the Irish Saved Civilization

How the Irish Saved Civilization


by Thomas Cahill

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 236 PAGES

This bestselling history tells the generally unknown story of Ireland's preservation of classical learning in the Dark Ages, revealing how the saints and scholars, monks and scribes labored to reproduce the important texts that spread as they evangelized Europe. (IRE07, $15.95)

Remember D-Day, Both Sides Tell Their Stories


by Ronald J. Drez | David Eisenhower

  • HISTORY
  • 2004
  • HARD COVER
  • 64 PAGES
  • YOUNG ADULTS
  • OUT OF PRINT

An engaging and well-constructed history of the D-Day invasion for readers in grades 5 to 8, complete with anecdotes from soldiers, black-and-white photographs and plenty of historical information. (USA96, $17.95)

The Celts: A Very Short Introduction

The Celts: A Very Short Introduction


by Barry W. Cunliffe

  • HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 161 PAGES

A concise, revealing social history of the Celts by a reigning authority and popular writer. (CLT03, $11.95)

The Book of Kells

The Book of Kells


by Bernard Meehan

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 95 PAGES

Written by the keeper of manuscripts at Trinity College, this book features 110 color illustrations, including enlargements, of some of the more spectacular decorations in this most famous of medieval manuscripts. (IRE09, $19.95)

Chasing Churchill, The Travels of Winston Churchill

Chasing Churchill, The Travels of Winston Churchill


by Celia Sandys

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

The granddaughter of the great leader recounts Churchill's exploits as a young army officer as well as his diplomatic travels before, during and after World War II. (GBR711, $15.00)

Coasting, A Private Voyage

Coasting, A Private Voyage


by Jonathan Raban

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 302 PAGES

Raban's eloquent, anecdotal account of a solo circumnavigation of the British Isles in a 30-foot ketch, his first experience in a boat. It's an engaging account of the experience of the sea and the people and places he encounters. (GBR591, $13.00)

Crusade in Europe

Crusade in Europe


by Dwight D. Eisenhower

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 608 PAGES

The complete story of World War II as strategized and lived by five-star General Eisenhower. (WAR132, $35.00)

Kingdom by the Sea

Kingdom by the Sea


by Paul Theroux

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 361 PAGES

This time, the prolific writer recounts a coastal journey around the British Isles in 1982, displaying his occasional ill temper alongside his celebrated ability to combine social history with a good old-fashioned traveler's tale. (GBR09, $15.95)

Round Ireland With a Fridge

Round Ireland With a Fridge


by Tony Hawks

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

From Dublin to Donegal, from Sligo through Mayo to Galway, Clare, Kerry, Cork, Wexford and Wicklow, the English comic really does hitchhike his way around Ireland, on a bet, with an appliance (albeit a mini-fridge). Surprisingly, this deeply silly, thoroughly entertaining book also captures the warmth and spirit of the Irish. (IRE70, $15.99)

Seamanship, A Voyage Along the Wild Coasts of the British Isles

Seamanship, A Voyage Along the Wild Coasts of the British Isles


by Adam Nicolson

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

Nicolson offers an engrossing account of a coastal voyage from Cornwall, along the western coast of Ireland, out to the Faroes and to Orkney in this brief hymn to the sea. (GBR561, $13.95)

The Crofter and the Laird

The Crofter and the Laird


by John McPhee

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1978
  • PAPER
  • 159 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

McPhee packs up his family and returns for a year to his ancestral land on the Isle of Colonsay in this lyrical, appreciative portrait of place and traditional ways of life in the Hebrides. (SCT23, $16.00)

Celtic Myths and Legends

Celtic Myths and Legends


by T.W. Rolleston

  • LITERATURE
  • 1990
  • PAPER
  • 457 PAGES

The enchantment of the timeless world of the Celtic heroes, especially in Irish but also in Welsh myths and tales, is depicted in the legends of Arthur and many other traditional tales. (GBR55, $12.95)

Dubliners

Dubliners


by James Joyce

  • LITERATURE
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 317 PAGES

James Joyce's unsurpassed collection of short stories depicting ordinary life in Dublin among the lower middle class -- a milestone in the history of prose fiction. (IRE15, $11.00)

For the Love of Ireland

For the Love of Ireland


by Susan Cahill

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 458 PAGES

Organized geographically, this rich anthology introduces Ireland through the words and lives of such luminaries as James Joyce, W.B. Yeats, Frank McCourt and Samuel Beckett. (IRE77, $15.95)

Orkneyinga Saga, The History of the Earls of Orkney

Orkneyinga Saga, The History of the Earls of Orkney


by Hermann Palssom | Paul Edwards

  • LITERATURE
  • 1981
  • PAPER
  • 253 PAGES

A fusion of myth and legend, circa A.D. 1200, by an unnamed Icelandic author. The medieval chronicle has its center of action among the Orkney Islands, describing their conquest by Norwegian kings during the Viking expansion of the ninth century. (VIK07, $16.00)

The Mabinogion

The Mabinogion


by Jeffrey Gantz

  • LITERATURE
  • 1976
  • PAPER
  • 310 PAGES

These eleven Welsh stories, beautiful in their strangeness, combine fact with fantasy, myth with history and folklore, into one of the great Welsh epics, the only Welsh collection that survived. (GBR67, $14.00)

The Rebels of Ireland, The Dublin Saga

The Rebels of Ireland, The Dublin Saga


by Edward Rutherfurd

  • LITERATURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 896 PAGES

Rutherfurd spins the saga of Ireland's 400-year path to independence in all its drama, tragedy and glory in this sweeping follow-up to The Princes of Ireland. (IRE253, $18.00)

To the Lighthouse

To the Lighthouse


by Virginia Woolf

  • LITERATURE
  • 1989
  • PAPER
  • 209 PAGES

Woolf's modernist classic, in which the Ramsay family goes on holiday in the Hebrides, is drawn from memories of childhood trips to Cornwall. (SCT41, $13.95)

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