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|I am, I am, I am: seventeen brushes
with death by Maggie O'Farrell.
Published by Tinder Press in 2017
This memoir recounts the 17 times when award winning novelist O’Farrell has narrowly escaped death. There are episodes of near drowning, of life-threatening miscarriages, of encephalitis. There are close shaves with a murderer, with turbulent planes and a knife-point robbery in Chile.
‘Written as a series of self-contained essays,
although essentially a book about death, this book is moving and life-affirming
and reminds us all of how precious life is.’ – a Clare
County Library staff member
Nothing to envy : real lives in
North Korea by Barbara Demick
The title of this book comes from a song North Korean children are taught, “We have nothing to envy in the world” – in a country where there is no internet access and all radio and television broadcasts are government sponsored.
In Nothing to Envy, journalist Demick interviews six defectors from North Korea - a couple of teenaged lovers, an idealistic woman doctor, a homeless boy, a model factory worker who loved Kim Il Sung more than her own family and her rebellious daughter.
‘At a time when North Korea is back in the international spotlight, this book provides an eye-opening account of the lives of ordinary people under its repressive regime.’ – a Clare County Library staff member
Letters of My Life by Mary O’Rourke
Published by Gill in 2016
On the eve of her 80th birthday, Mary O'Rourke has sat down to write a letter to twenty people past and present, close and distant, living and deceased. Every letter is heartfelt; every letter offers gratitude for the difference the recipient made to Mary's life.
‘I found this a very entertaining read. It was a great book to dip into and read a few letters at a time. Mary has a unique way of telling a story with great humour and as most of the people she writes to are in or were in the public domain, the book appeals to the reader all the more.’ - a Clare County Library staff member
The age of anger: a history of
the present by Pankaj Mishra
How can we explain the origins of the great wave of paranoid hatreds that seem inescapable in our close-knit world?from American shooters and ISIS to Donald Trump, from a rise in vengeful nationalism across the world to racism and misogyny on social media? In Age of Anger, Pankaj Mishra answers our bewilderment by casting his gaze back to the eighteenth century before leading us to the present.
‘I listened to this book on Radio 4 Book of the Week. It was terrific and compelling listening. Current affairs straddling politics and the new world order of social media, informed by historical developments since the French and American revolutions.’ - a Clare County Library staff member
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