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There are some very highly anticipated novels appearing on book shelves this month – we rounded up our three favourites for you to check out. 

The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
From the international bestselling author of The Remains Of The Day and Never Let Me Go comes the highly anticipated new novel, The Buried Giant.

Axl and Beatrice depart their war-torn country to track down their long-lost son, a son they can barely remember. Mysterious and moving, this is a story of lost memories, love, revenge and war.

The One That Got Away by Simon Wood
Following a fun-filled student trip to Las Vegas, Zoë and Holli are on the way home when something goes horrifically wrong.

Zoë  makes it home – with the last memory of her friend Holli being in the hands of a sadistic killer. Teaming up with the police, Zoë tries to retrace her step of that awful trip to try and solve a very similar crime.

At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen
By the bestselling author of Water for Elephants comes the stunning new novel, At the Water’s Edge.

Set in a tiny village in the Scottish Highlands, At the Water’s Edge tells the story of American woman Madeleine who along with her husband, Ellis are cut off from his father’s finances after she disgraces herself at a party.

Their plan to get back on his good side brings them all the way to Scotland – in search of monsters that may really exist.




There are lots of great new releases for you to try out this month! February has been an impressive month with some highly anticipated releases from some very talented authors.

Grab one of these, make a cup of tea and cuddle down with lots of blankets and pillows – perfection!

How Many Letters Are In Goodbye? By Yvonne Cassidy

A new release by Irish writer Yvonne Cassidy, How Many Letters Are In Goodbye? tells the story of Rhea Farrell, who begins to write to her mother eleven years after her last letter. Eleven years since her father told her it was stupid to write to dead people.

Now, alone in New York City, Rhea starts a letter with ‘Dear Mum’ and begins to tell her mum everything she can’t tell anyone else…including her secrets.

The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty: A Novel by Amanda Filipacchi

In today’s society, every woman is painfully aware of the unfortunate importance placed on beauty.

Amanda Filipacchi’s novel, which is due to be released in early March, tells the story of a group of artistic friends in NYC struggling with the weight of society’s beauty standards.

While Barb tries to make herself less pretty to find true love, her friend Lily does everything she can in the beauty department to attract the object of her unrequited desire. Then there’s the murder…

What does it truly mean to allow oneself to be seen?

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Set in France during World War II, The Nightingale presents a beautiful portrayal of the strength and durability of women during a difficult time in history.

First there is Vianne Mauriac, who upon saying goodbye to her husband as he sets off to the Front, is overrun by the Nazis invasion into her small village of Carriveau.

When Vianne is forced to take an enemy into her home, her life and that of her daughter’s are in great risk.

Meanwhile, Vianne’s younger teenage sister, Isabelle falls head over heels in love as only teenagers can. When she is betrayed, her heartbreak leads her into a dark and deadly decision…


Valentine’s Day is coming up this Saturday and while many people will be donning red from head to toe, many more of us are just not into it for one reason or another.

Don’t worry, we have just the thing for you! Or rather, Dubray Books has just the thing for you. The Irish bookshop, which has eight stores nationwide, has launched their Valentine’s noir collection – a collection of books that are very anti-Valentine’s. Sounds perfect!

Many of the books in the noir collection feature stories of secrets, intrigue, awry love and sometimes even worse…Author of one of the books on the list, bestseller The Girl On The Train Paula Hawkins spoke about why we love stories like these: “I think we’re all fascinated by the dark secrets that lie at the heart of ostensibly happy relationships.”

Also on the noir list is:

  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • The Liar’s Chair by Rebecca Whitney
  • The Crooked House by Cristobel Kent
  • You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Koerlitz

The MD of Dubray, Maria Dickenson spoke about the idea behind the noir collection: “Books are of course a lovely thoughtful gift on Valentine’s Day – what better way to say I love you than to give a romantic tale that your partner will adore? But we’ve all had those Valentine’s Days when we’re thinking dark thoughts about the world of romance, as we want people who aren’t in love or who would like to be in love to have reading options too!”

As Maria said, it’s not only those not interested reading about love Dubray have books for as they also have a collection for those wistful love dreamers too such as:

  • The Music of Love by Kate McCabe
  • The Little Book of Love by Tiddy Rowan
  • Go Get Him by Avril Mulcahy
  • Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James


Welcome to the SHEmazing! Book Club for February.

We’ve decided to check out three new books that would be perfect for your bedtime reading. Or, you know, anytime really!

Here are the three new releases we’ve chosen for you this month:

I Was Here by Gayle Forman

Meg and Cody are best friends. Which is why when Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner, Cody is left shocked and perplexed. How did this happen? Why did this happen?

Cody goes to Meg’s college room to pack up her things and soon discovers that there is a lot she didn’t know about her best friend. And what’s in the locked file on Meg’s computer?

I Was Here is a tale of friendship, adulthood and heartbreaking loss.

The Ice Twins by S.K. Tremayne

If scary books are what you love then this is for you! Angus and Sarah Moorcraft are left heartbroken after one of their identical twin daughters, Lydia dies. Deciding to rebuild their lives on an isolated Scottish island, things take a turn for the worst when their surviving daughter claims that SHE is Lydia.

The revelation leads to the couple reevaluating what exactly happened on the day their daughter died…

If spooky is what you love, then this is a book you don’t want to miss!

Spill Simmer Falter Wither by Sara Baume

Published by new, independent Irish publishing company, Tramp Press, Sara Baume’s debut novel has already received much praise in the Irish literary circle.

Set in a rural seaside town, an unconventional friendship is formed between an eccentric loner and a one-eyed dog. What plays out can only be described as a ‘wholly different kind of love story’. However, as the seasons change, the pair find themselves pushed further and further from their community.

This is a novel set to make waves in Irish literature circles, so check it out!

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