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Northern Ireland: Historic Cities, Glens, Wild Coasts

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Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude.

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An Irish Country Doctor

An Irish Country Doctor

by Patrick Taylor

  • LITERATURE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 351 PAGES

An escapist, delightfully fun novel about a wonderful and loony Irish community and the eccentric local doctor who tends to them. Set in the fictional town of Ballybucklebo. (IRE342, $15.99)

The International

The International

by Glenn Patterson

  • LITERATURE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

A classic, bittersweet portrait of 1967 Belfast by an acclaimed Irish novelist. A bawdy, funny, heartwrenchingly humane novel, first published in 1999. (IRE341, $21.00)

Rick Steves' Snapshot Northern Ireland

Rick Steves' Snapshot Northern Ireland

by Rick Steves

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 108 PAGES

In his down-to-earth style, Steves presents the best values for sights, eating, sleeping and nightlife excerpted from the larger Rick Steves country guidebook. Included are maps and self-guided tours in Belfast, Portrush, the Antrim Coast, Derry and County Donegal. (IRE345, $9.99)

Ireland North Map

Ireland North Map

by Ireland Ordnance Survey

  • 2005
  • MAP

A locally published, detailed map of the northern part of Ireland at a scale of 1:250,000. (IRE48, $18.95)

 
Belfast Diary, War as a Way of Life

Belfast Diary, War as a Way of Life


by John Conroy

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

An American journalist's gripping first-person account of life in a Catholic neighborhood in Belfast in 1980. (IRE301, $21.00)

Ireland Unhinged, Encounters With a Wildly Changing Country

Ireland Unhinged, Encounters With a Wildly Changing Country


by David Monagan

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 300 PAGES

Seeking the essence of Irish identity, American transplant David Monagan travels the length and width of Eire to explain the people's mirth, soulfulness and eccentricities that endure despite the country's recent economic collapse. (IRE334, $17.95)

Ireland, In Word and Image

Ireland, In Word and Image


by Jay Adlersberg

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 276 PAGES

Jay Adlersberg's visual celebration of Ireland is accompanied by literary excerpts and poetry from Oscar Wilde, W.B. Yeats, James Joyce, Samuel Beckett and many others. With 75 gorgeous color photographs. (IRE319, $60.00)

Luck and the Irish, A Brief History of Change 1970-2000

Luck and the Irish, A Brief History of Change 1970-2000


by Roy Foster

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • HARD COVER
  • 288 PAGES

Foster takes in the sweep of contemporary Irish popular culture, music, literature and politics in this short personal book, originally delivered as the Wiles Lectures in Belfast in 2004. (IRE237, $35.00)

Magnum Ireland

Magnum Ireland


by John Banville

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2005
  • HARD COVER
  • 256 PAGES
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This evocative collection of 250 photographs captures the people, landscapes and changing face of Ireland from the 1950s to the 21st century. (IRE170, $60.00)

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland


by Jonathan Tonge

  • HISTORY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Tonge examines the motivations, actions and achievements of the major players of the crisis -- IRA, UVF, UDA -- in this academic history of Northern Ireland over the last three decades. (IRE205, $28.95)

Walking

Walking


by Henry David Thoreau

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 92 PAGES

Slip this pocket edition of Thoreau's meditations on the spiritual benefits of this most civilized form of travel in your daypack for inspiration. (WLK04, $9.99)

Silver Linings, Travels Around Northern Ireland

Silver Linings, Travels Around Northern Ireland


by Martin Fletcher

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

An account of travels, as well as the people, politics and traditions of Northern Ireland, infused with the author's humor and insightful reporting. (IRE146, $16.95)

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, $17.00)

Grace Notes

Grace Notes


by Bernard MacLaverty

  • LITERATURE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

Belfaster Bernard MacLaverty brings us into a world reminiscent of both A Room of One's Own (Virginia Woolf) and Dubliners (James Joyce) in his fictional portrait of composer Catherine McKenna. Shortlisted for the Booker Prize. (IRE340, $21.00)

In a Time of Violence

In a Time of Violence


by Eavan Boland

  • LITERATURE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 70 PAGES

Poems of Ireland and the violence there --personal, political, historical and familial. (IRE86, $15.95)

Opened Ground, Selected Poems 1966-1996

Opened Ground, Selected Poems 1966-1996


by Seamus Heaney

  • LITERATURE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 464 PAGES

The publication of Heaney's book Death of a Naturalist in 1966 changed Irish literature -- and poetry worldwide -- forever. Dive into the physical and emotional rhythms of Irish life in this volume, which chronicles the Nobel Laureate's best work from the last 30 years. (IRE65, $19.00)

The Cold Cold Ground, A Detective Sean Duffy Novel

The Cold Cold Ground, A Detective Sean Duffy Novel


by Adrian McKinty

  • MYSTERY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

It is the spring of 1981, and during a peak in the conflict between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, detective Sean Duffy (a Catholic) crosses over into the Protestant North. Amidst riots, bombings and hails of crossfire, Duffy must follow the trail of even more insidious violence: a malicious serial killer. (IRE339, $15.95)

The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne

The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne


by Brian Moore

  • LITERATURE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 230 PAGES

An unflinching portrait of Judith Hearne, a Catholic spinster drifting into alcoholism and isolation against the backdrop of Belfast, Northern Ireland. Selected by The "Guardian" as one of 1,000 novels you must read before you die. First published in 1955. (IRE343, $14.95)

The New North, Contemporary Poetry from Northern Ireland

The New North, Contemporary Poetry from Northern Ireland


by Chris Agee

  • LITERATURE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 247 PAGES

An anthology of fifteen Northern Irish poets born after 1955, whose work is mostly short, lyric poetry that marks a new sensibility in the art. Editor Chris Agee is an American poet who has lived in Northern Ireland for many years. (IRE344, $18.05)

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 Man Booker Prize. (IRE171, $17.95)

Birds of Ireland, An Introduction to Familiar Species

Birds of Ireland, An Introduction to Familiar Species


by James Kavanagh

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2007
  • PLASTIC CARD

A fold-up, laminated card featuring color drawings and short descriptions of commonly encountered Ireland birds. (IRE245, $6.95)

The Birds of Ireland, A Field Guide

The Birds of Ireland, A Field Guide


by Jim Wilson

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

A complete guide to more than 240 species of birds found in Ireland, featuring over 1,400 photographs, identification features and concise descriptions. (IRE338, $26.95)

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