O'Brien Press Cover Gallery

CoverGallery Different countries often put completely different covers on the same book, and many countries have very distinct styles which simply would not work in other parts of the world: we always enjoy comparing these, and asking ourselves what the covers say about the people they are aimed at around the world.

The O'Brien Press cover gallery shows a selection of covers from our books in translation.

They are not all here, but the ones that are show that different countries take very different approaches to the books!

We have also put in some old covers of our own which have changed over the years, for whatever reason.

Feel free to browse and see which covers you like best.

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  • 1014: Brian Boru & the Battle for Ireland

    1014: Brian Boru & the Battle for Ireland

    Written by Morgan Llywelyn, Maps by Terry Foley

    The date was Good Friday, April 23rd in the Year of Our Lord 1014. The most ferocious battle ever fought in Ireland was about to begin...

    Read about the life of Brian Boru and the battle that changed the course of Irish history in this exciting and accessible account.

  • Across the River

    Across the River

    By Alice Taylor

    Alice Taylor's second novel, a story of land, love and family set in rural Ireland. Sequel to The Woman of the House.

  • Adam's Starling

    Adam's Starling

    Written by Gillian Perdue, Illustrated by Barry Reynolds

    Winner of the Eilís Dillon Memorial Award. Adam's Starling tells the story of nine-year-old Adam who is finding life very diffficult. At home no-one has any time for him and at school bullies pick on him.

  • Alfie Green and a Sink Full of Frogs

    Alfie Green and a Sink Full of Frogs

    Written by Joe O'Brien, Illustrated by Jean Texier

    The second book in an enchanting new series of adventures featuring a boy whose life every child will want to have.

  • Alfie Green and the Bee-Bottle Gang

    Alfie Green and the Bee-Bottle Gang

    Written by Joe O'Brien, Illustrated by Jean Texier

    The third book in an enchanting new series of adventures featuring a boy whose life every child will want to have.

  • Alfie Green and the Chocolate Cosmos

    Alfie Green and the Chocolate Cosmos

    Written by Joe O'Brien, Illustrated by Jean Texier

    Budsville’s chocolate fair cancelled? No way, Alfie decides. Chocolate seeds from Arcania are the answer, but only if he can survive the Roaring Rainforest, the vicious Spider Plant and the Forest Ogre.

  • Alfie Green and the Conker King

    Alfie Green and the Conker King

    Written by Joe O'Brien, Illustrated by Jean Texier

    It’s time for the Budsville Primary School Conker Championship, and Alfie needs to find a special conker.
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  • Alfie Green and the Fly-Trapper

    Alfie Green and the Fly-Trapper

    Written by Joe O'Brien, Illustrated by Jean Texier

    Alfie Green is back, this time grappling with a giant Venus Fly-Trap which threatens to eat everything in his house.

  • Alfie Green and the Magical Gift

    Alfie Green and the Magical Gift

    Written by Joe O'Brien, Illustrated by Jean Texier

    The first book in an enchanting series of adventures featuring a boy whose life every child will want to have.
    Now in paperback

  • Alfie Green and the Monkey Puzzler

    Alfie Green and the Monkey Puzzler

    Written by Joe O'Brien, Illustrated by Jean Texier

    The circus has come to town. But it's no ordinary circus. All the kids from Budsville are really excited, except for Alfie who suspects all is not what it seems ...

  • Alfie Green and the Snowdrop Queen

    Alfie Green and the Snowdrop Queen

    Written by Joe O'Brien, Illustrated by Jean Texier

    It’s Christmas Eve in Budsville and Alfie Green wishes it would snow.
    Only the Snowdrop Queen can help his wish come true.

  • Alfie Green and the Supersonic Subway

    Alfie Green and the Supersonic Subway

    Written by Joe O'Brien, Illustrated by Jean Texier

    When the Emerald Cactus in the Desert of Doom explodes, Budsville is covered in sparkling green sand ... Soon the evil Desert Elves will arrive on their Scorpion Chariots. How can Alfie stop them?
    Alfie Green Book 7

  • Alice & Megan Forever

    Alice & Megan Forever

    Written by Judi Curtin, Illustrated by Woody Fox

    Megan and Alice are starting secondary school; with new subjects, new teachers and new friends, it’s going to take a bit of getting used to.
    The sixth book in Judi Curtin's bestselling series.

  • Alice Again

    Alice Again

    Written by Judi Curtin, Illustrated by Woody Fox

    Alice and Megan are back!
    While enjoying spring mid-term together they plot to get rid of Alice's Mum's new boyfriend.
    More fun in the sequel to Alice Next Door.

  • Alice in the Middle

    Alice in the Middle

    Written by Judi Curtin, Illustrated by Woody Fox, Cover design or artwork by Nicola Colton

    Megan can’t wait to go away to Summer Camp with her best friend Alice. But when Alice makes friends with Hazel, Megan begins to feel left out.

    The fourth book about Alice and Megan

  • Alice Next Door

    Alice Next Door

    Written by Judi Curtin, Illustrated by Woody Fox

    Best friends NEED to be together. Don't they? Megan's best friend Alice has moved away -- but the two friends hatch a risky plot to get back together.

  • Alice to the Rescue

    Alice to the Rescue

    Written by Judi Curtin, Illustrated by Woody Fox, Cover design or artwork by Nicola Colton

    Everyone in first year is really excited about the big prize in the English essay competition - but it causes huge problems for Alice and Megan's friendship.
    The seventh book in Judi Curtin's bestselling series.

  • All Things Nice

    All Things Nice

    Never forget. Never forgive.
    By Sheila Bugler

    For DI Ellen Kelly, this is her first big investigation in eight months – since she let a serial killer get away. There’s an awful lot riding on a good result, which means keeping up the pressure on Charlotte Gleeson and her messed-up family.

  • Amelia


    By Siobhán Parkinson

    The year is 1914 and Amelia Pim will soon be thirteen. There are rumours of war and rebellion, and Dublin is holding its breath for major, dramatic events. But all that matters to Amelia is what she will wear to her birthday party ...

  • An Dochtúir Dan

    An Dochtúir Dan

    Written by Dairine Ní Dhonnchú, Illustrated by Bronagh O'Hanlon

    'Cá bhfuil an phian?' arsa Dochtúir Dan.' I do shrón? I do bholg? ...Ach, féach! Tá an phian imithe! Rí Rá 2

  • And Time Stood Still

    And Time Stood Still

    By Alice Taylor

    An extended memoir with reminiscences about the Author's friends, family members and even beloved animals that have passed away. A therapeutic book demonstrating a compassionate way of dealing with bereavement.

  • Animals Don't Have Ghosts

    Animals Don't Have Ghosts

    Written by Siobhán Parkinson, Illustrated by Cathy Henderson

    A witty and engaging account of a visit to the weird and wonderful city of Dublin, where Michelle's country cousins struggle to understand the curious local customs.

  • Anna's Secret Granny

    Anna's Secret Granny

    Written by Stephanie Dagg, Illustrated by Phillip Morrison

    Anna doesn't have a real granny, so she draws herself one. Then her Granny steps out of the picture and comes to life!
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  • Anyush


    By Martine Madden

    Anyush is a love story set against the backdrop of the Armenian Turkish conflict of 1915 and the Great War. Anyush Charcoudian, a young Armenian woman living with her widowed mother, falls in love with the handsome Captain Jahan Orfalea, young Captain in the Turkish army.

  • Before the Dawn

    Before the Dawn

    An Autobiography
    By Gerry Adams

    Gerry Adams offers his own unique, intimate account of the early years of his career, from his childhood in working-class Belfast to the more turbulent years of social activism that followed. Updated with new introduction and epilogue covering the huge changes in Irish society since the Good Friday Agreement.

  • Benny and Babe

    Benny and Babe

    By Eoin Colfer

    Benny suffers a severe blow to his pride when he meets Babe. He may be a wise guy, but she is at least three steps ahead of him, and they are on her territory.

  • Benny and Omar

    Benny and Omar

    By Eoin Colfer

    Moving to Tunisia is a real eye-opener for a young Wexford hurling fan. Eoin Colfer's hilarious debut novel.

  • Best of Irish Home Baking

    Best of Irish Home Baking

    Written by Biddy White Lennon, Illustrated by Anne O'Hara

    These sixty tempting recipes are a selection of the best from the tradition and will delight visitors and Irish people alike.

  • Best of Irish Potato Recipes

    Best of Irish Potato Recipes

    Written by Biddy White Lennon, Illustrated by Anne O'Hara

    The potato has long been a staple of the Irish diet. With flavours ranging from sweet to spicy, savoury to sumptuous, Biddy White Lennon brings out the best in this versatile vegetable.

  • Best of Irish Soups

    Best of Irish Soups

    Written by Eileen O'Driscoll, Illustrated by Anne O'Hara

    Soup has been part of the Irish cooking tradition for generations. Eileen O'Driscoll presents a selection of mouth-watering and unusual soups.

  • Best of Irish Traditional Cooking

    Best of Irish Traditional Cooking

    Written by Biddy White Lennon, Illustrated by Anne O'Hara

    Biddy White Lennon brings out the real flavour of Ireland in these recipes from around the country, featuring the finest and the favourites of traditional Irish cooking.

  • Best-Loved Irish Legends

    Best-Loved Irish Legends

    Written by Eithne Massey, Illustrated by Lisa Jackson

    Stories from long, long ago, part of an ancient oral tradition, handed down from generation to generation and written down by the Christian monks of medieval Ireland.

  • A Bewitched Land

    A Bewitched Land

    Witches and Warlocks of Ireland
    By Dr. Robert Curran

    A unique insight into the fascinating overlap between witch belief and the vast range of fairy lore that held sway for many centuries throughout the land.

  • Bloodstorm


    A Karl Kane Novel
    By Sam Millar

    Karl Kane is a private investigator with a dark past, his mother murdered when he was a child. Years later, Karl has a chance to avenge his mother's murder, but allows the opportunity to slip through his hands. When two young girls are sexually molested and then brutally murdered, Karl holds himself responsible.

  • The Blue Horse

    The Blue Horse

    Written by Marita Conlon-McKenna, Illustrated by Donald Teskey

    Katie's whole world is turned upside down when her family's home is destroyed by fire. Everything they had is gone, and instead of pulling together it seems as though her family is falling apart.

  • Blue Lavender Girl

    Blue Lavender Girl

    By Judy May Murphy

    Tia moves to the countryside for the summer: she expects to be bored, but ends up learning lots of things about herself and the world around her.

  • Bobby Sands

    Bobby Sands

    Freedom Fighter
    Written by Gerry Hunt, Coloured by Matt Griffin

    ‘Bobby’ Sands was a member of the Provisional Irish Republican Army who died on hunger strike while imprisoned at HM Prison Maze. This graphic novel, the first of its kind, brings Bobby Sands’ story to life in a whole new way.

  • Bonjour Alice

    Bonjour Alice

    Written by Judi Curtin, Illustrated by Woody Fox

    Megan’s really looking forward to the summer holidays – her whole family is going to France, and best of all Alice is coming too!

    The fifth book about Alice and Megan

  • Boom Chicka Boom

    Boom Chicka Boom

    Written by Liz Weir, Illustrated by Josip Lizatovic

    Nine enchanting stories from a master storyteller, available on book and audio CD. Full of magic and drama.

  • Brendan the Navigator

    Brendan the Navigator

    Exploring the Ancient World
    Written by George Otto Simms, Illustrated by David Rooney

    Volcanoes, icebergs, sea-monsters, strange beings - all these play a part in this ancient adventure story. Simms unravels the mysteries and wonders of Brendan's travels and explains why and how the voyage was undertaken

  • Bright Sparks

    Bright Sparks

    Amazing Discoveries, Inventions and Designs by Women
    By Owen O'Doherty

    An introduction to fifty extraordinary discoveries, inventions and designs by inspirational women. Meet incredible inventors from around the world, and learn how inventions happen. A beautifully illustrated guide to remarkable, practical, skillful and amazing inventions which have made their mark.

  • The Broken Spell

    The Broken Spell

    By Erika McGann

    Trainee witch Grace and her four best friends love to have fun with spells. But the daring friends make a magical mistake that drags the past into the present. Suddenly Grace has to work out who she can really trust ...

  • A Cage of Roots

    A Cage of Roots

    Book 1 in the Ayla Trilogy
    Written by and Illustrated by Matt Griffin

    Magic exists beneath our feet, if we only know where to look …

    Growing up in a New York orphanage, Ayla has no idea she has Irish roots. It is not until she comes to Ireland that she finds out just how deep her roots really are...

  • Call of the Whales

    Call of the Whales

    By Siobhán Parkinson

    An adventure story set in the endless days of a freezing Arctic landscape, with a haunting presence in the form of the magnificent bowhead whales.

  • Celtic Magic Tales

    Celtic Magic Tales

    Written by Liam Mac Uistin, Illustrated by Maria A Negrin

    Four magical legends from Ireland's Celtic past vividly told - heroic quests, great deeds, fantasy and fun.

  • Cherokee


    By Creina Mansfield

    Gene's grandfather, Cherokee, is a famous jazz musician and Gene travels the world with him. He loves the life and his only ambition is to be a musician too. But his aunt is totally opposed to the idea ...

  • The Chisellers

    The Chisellers

    By Brendan O'Carroll

    Book 2: The Agnes Browne Trilogy
    Continuing the hilarious saga of the ups and downs, minor scrapes and major run-ins of the seven children of Agnes Browne. Full of joy, humour, pathos and Dublinese.
    With a new introduction by the author, Brendan O’Carroll.

  • The Cinnamon Tree

    The Cinnamon Tree

    A Novel Set in Africa
    By Aubrey Flegg

    Yola's leg is blown off by a landmine and her life in Africa is changed forever. She travels to Ireland for an artificial limb, and her adventures continue.

  • The Clubhouse Mystery

    The Clubhouse Mystery

    Written by Erika McGann, Illustrated by Vince Reid

    There’s an intruder in the clubhouse!

    The gang find the door left open, crumbs on the table and hairs on the floor. Someone has been sneaking in when nobody’s home.
    But who?

    Join Cass and the Bubble Street Gang as they investigate The Clubhouse Mystery.

  • Conor's Concert

    Conor's Concert

    Written by Gillian Perdue, Illustrated by Michael Connor

    Conor is learning the piano. He makes up his own very special music. But will it do for the concert?
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  • Copper Girl

    Copper Girl

    By Judy May Murphy

    Tammy's summer is going to be different and amazing. If she got the chance, she could do something great and surprise everyone. One of her resolutions is to spend more time at the stables – if only that moody Martin wasn't always there!

  • A Crack in Everything

    A Crack in Everything

    Welcome to the other side
    By Ruth Frances Long

    Izzy learns the truth about the secret world of the Sidhe coexisting alongside the human one, and the angels and demons who watch over the affairs of mortals, making their own plans. She becomes a pawn in this game, and it almost costs her everything. Only by taking matters into her own hands can she save her friends and family.

  • The Crowded Shadows

    The Crowded Shadows

    Written by Celine Kiernan, Illustrated by Finbarr O'Connor

    Wynter Moorehawke travels alone and unprotected in bandit-infested forests, searching for the rebel Prince Alberon. But many enemies are lurking in the shadows.
    New Friends. Old Enemies. Who can you trust?

  • Crowning the Customer

    Crowning the Customer

    How To Become Customer-Driven
    By Sen. Feargal Quinn

    How to become Customer Driven
    Customer service is the competitive business battleground of the twenty-first century. This book is a hands-on guide for people who run businesses or work in them.

  • Daifní Dineasár

    Daifní Dineasár

    Written by Aine Ní Ghlinn, Illustrated by Michael Connor

    Is breá le Niall agus Conall cleasanna a imirt -- go háirithe ar Mhamaí! Ach céard a tharlaíonn nuair a thugann Daifní Dineasár cuairt orthu?
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  • Dancing in the Dark

    Dancing in the Dark

    By P.R. Prendergast

    Part of a dance team who have turned from friends to enemies. Dealing with her dead brother’s ghost -- things sure aren't easy for Jessie! Her brother James -- sports star, popular kid, and apple of her parents' eyes -- has died in an accident, leaving Jessie to cope with her parents, classmates and stagefright.

  • The Dark Place

    The Dark Place

    A Karl Kane Novel
    By Sam Millar

    Young homeless women and drug addicts are being abducted before being brutally mutilated and murdered, and a city is held in the grip of unspeakable terror. By abducting Katie, the young daughter of private investigator Karl Kane, the killer has just made his first mistake, which could well turn out to be his last.

  • A Darkness at the End

    A Darkness at the End

    The shadows know your name ...
    By Ruth Frances Long

    The final book in the fantasy trilogy set Dublin: and Dubh Linn, the fae world that exists in the cracks and corners of reality. Holly, the fae matriarch, tries to sieze the power of heaven for herself, while Izzy has lost her memory and Jinx is dead ... or is he?

  • The Darkness of Bones

    The Darkness of Bones

    By Sam Millar

    A tense tale of murder, betrayal, sexual abuse and revenge, and the corruption at the heart of the respectable establishment.

  • De Valera in America

    De Valera in America

    The Rebel President’s 1919 Campaign.
    By Dave Hannigan

    Reveals an intriguing and largely unknown episode in the career of Ireland’s most famous politician – the incredible journey that would resonate through Irish history for the rest of the century.

  • The Dead House

    The Dead House

    ... the past holds constant sway ...
    By Billy O'Callaghan

    Perched on an incline, with the land spilling down to a glittering sea, sits a ruined cottage. It calls to Maggie Turner, who is running from her own demons. But this house has a long, grim history, and has known hard living and far too much death. In some places, some things are better left undisturbed. A modern ghost story by a masterful writer.

  • Dead of Winter

    Dead of Winter

    By Sam Millar

    Private Investigator Karl Kane returns to the streets of Belfast investigating the discovery of a severed hand. He's convinced a serial killer is on the loose, and that he may be the next victim ...

  • The Demon Notebook

    The Demon Notebook

    By Erika McGann

    Grace and her four best friends, Jenny, Rachel, Adie and Una, are failed witches. But one night, they stumble upon real magical powers – and their notebook takes on a diabolical life of its own.

    Can Grace and her friends stem the wave of powerful magic … before tragedy strikes?

  • Don't Ask Alice

    Don't Ask Alice

    Written by Judi Curtin, Illustrated by Woody Fox, Cover design or artwork by Nicola Colton

    Alice and Megan are back, and that can only mean one thing: trouble!
    Alice decides to try and get her parents back together, but things don't go according to plan...

    The third book in Judi Curtin's bestselling series.

  • Don't Even Think About It

    Don't Even Think About It

    By Roisin Meaney

    Anyone who opens my journal will die a slow and horrible death
    Liz doesn't want her dad or big-bum Marjorie to know everything she's thinking, so she tells her journal instead.

  • The Dreaming Tree

    The Dreaming Tree

    Written by Eithne Massey, Illustrated by Marie Thorhauge

    Back home in Brazil, Roberto loved playing football. Now he lives in Ireland, and he’d really like to have a game with the boys in the park, but he’s too shy.

  • The Easter Rising

    The Easter Rising

    A Guide to Dublin in 1916
    Written by Conor Kostick and Lorcan Collins

    Defying all the odds 1600 men, women and children went out on 24 April, Easter Monday, 1916 to fight for an independent Ireland. Vividly illustrated, this book takes you through the battle-torn streets of Dublin.

  • Ed's Bed

    Ed's Bed

    Written by Eoin Colfer, Illustrated by Woody Fox

    Ed Cooper's life is never dull. He has started to wet his bed and he can't learn his time-tables.
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  • Edda


    By Conor Kostick

    Edda is a ‘virtual’ world ruled by the electronic intelligence of Lord Scanthax. Penelope is a teenager ensnared in Edda. Can she uncover the truth about her human past and gain her freedom? And are there other humans still ‘out there’?

  • Epic


    By Conor Kostick


    On New Earth, Epic is not just a computer game, it's a matter of life and death. If you lose, you lose everything; if you win, the world is yours for the taking.

  • Eva and the Hidden Diary

    Eva and the Hidden Diary

    Written by Judi Curtin, Illustrated by Woody Fox

    When Eva and Kate find an old diary, they end up determined to right old wrongs! But they can’t spend all their time living in the past as the present, too, is throwing all sorts of challenges at them …

    But when the girls get together they can handle anything!

  • Eva's Holiday

    Eva's Holiday

    By Judi Curtin

    Eva Gordon likes fashion, fun and hanging out with friends, so she can't believe she is stuck all summer with Kate, who doesn't care about being cool. But when the girls have to pull together to solve a problem, Eva finds out that there's more to life than having the right hair or clothes and sometimes 'weird' girls can make the best friends.

  • Eva's Journey

    Eva's Journey

    Written by Judi Curtin, Illustrated by Woody Fox

    Eva is the girl with everything. Her parents throw her lavish parties in their luxury home, and her friends admire her designer clothes and manicured nails. But Eva’s world is turned upside down when her father loses his job.

  • Faraway Home

    Faraway Home

    By Marilyn Taylor

    Two Jewish children are sent from Nazi-occupied Austria to a refugee farm in Northern Ireland. Will they ever see their families again? Based on the true story of Millisle refugee farm in Ards, Co Down.

  • Fear of the Collar

    Fear of the Collar

    My Terrifying Childhood in Artane
    By Patrick Touher

    The inside story of eight long years spent in Artane Industrial School under the oppressive rule of the Christian Bothers.

  • The Feckin' Book of Irish History

    The Feckin' Book of Irish History

    for anyone who hasn't been paying attention for the last 30,000 years
    Written by Colin Murphy and Donal O'Dea

    Forget the boring stuff you learned in school. Here’s the REAL skinny on Irish history.

  • Fields of Home

    Fields of Home

    Written by Marita Conlon-McKenna, Illustrated by Donald Teskey and PJ Lynch

    The final book in the famine trilogy
    For Eily, Michael and Peggy the memory of the famine is still strong. But Mary-Brigid, Eily's first child, has the future to look forward to. What kind of future is it?

  • Finding A Voice

    Finding A Voice

    Friendship is a Two-Way Street ...
    By Kim Hood

    Shortlisted for the Bookseller YA Prize 2015!

    Jo can’t tell anyone how hard it is living with her mentally ill mother. Chris literally has no way to speak at all.  Together, can they finally find their voices?

  • Football Fiesta

    Football Fiesta

    Sports Academy Book 1
    By Gerard Siggins

    Five kids with one dream: to become the greatest sports stars in the world!

    Joe knows he has no chance of catching the mysterious scout’s eye – he loves football, but he’s by far the worst player in his club. Despite this, he’s whisked away to a remote island and teamed up with four other kids: Kim, Craig, Ajit and Jess.



  • Four Kids, Three Cats, Two Cows, One Witch (maybe)

    Four Kids, Three Cats, Two Cows, One Witch (maybe)

    By Siobhán Parkinson

    Beverley, Elizabeth, Kevin, Gerard and his cat visit the mysterious Lady Island, expecting some adventure and a little danger. But nothing prepares them for their encounter with the strange inhabitant of the island.

  • Freedom of Angels

    Freedom of Angels

    Childhood in Goldenbridge Orphanage
    By Bernadette Fahy

    The inside story of growing up in one of Ireland's most notorious orphanages, where children were made to pay for the 'sins' of their parents. Bernadette tells of the pain, fear, hunger, hard labour and isolation experienced in the orphanage.

  • The General

    The General

    Godfather of Crime
    By Paul Williams

    The extraordinary life and crimes of Martin Cahill, gangster, criminal mastermind, MOST WANTED MAN. Now a major film from John Boorman

  • The Gods and their Machines

    The Gods and their Machines

    By Oisín McGann

    Two worlds. Two different lives. Divided by hate and violence. Thrown together by chance.

  • The Granny

    The Granny

    By Brendan O'Carroll

    Book 3: The Agnes Browne Trilogy.

    At forty-seven years of age Agnes (star of BAFTA-nominated TV series Mrs Browne’s Boys), now thirteen years happily widowed, enters the 1980s with a fruit stall in Moore Street, a French lover and six children …

    With a new introduction by the author, Brendan O’Carroll.

  • The Great Pig Escape

    The Great Pig Escape

    By Linda Moller

    Runtling the pig and his siblings narrowly escape the terrible fate of being sold at the market. While making their way across country, they learn all sorts of new things about themselves, about humans and about the world outside the farmyard.

  • The Guinness Story

    The Guinness Story

    The Family, The Business and The Black Stuff
    By Dr. Edward J. Bourke

    This 250 year-old story will fascinate lovers of Guinness beer and memorabilia as well as those interested in this remarkable family of brewers and the industrial history of Ireland’s most famous export.

  • Gulliver


    Written by Jonathan Swift, Retold by Mary Webb, Illustrated by Lauren O'Neill

    Lost in a land of small people, Gulliver has to learn their ways and avoid starving! Then he lands in a country of giants. A beautifully illustrated and energetic retelling of one of the world's favourite stories.

  • The Guns of Easter

    The Guns of Easter

    By Gerard Whelan

    It is 1916 and Europe is at war. From the poverty of the Dublin slums twelve-year-old Jimmy Conway is pulled between the British Army and the rebels in the Easter Rising. Real history seen through the eyes of a child from a master storyteller.

  • The Harvest Tide Project

    The Harvest Tide Project

    By Oisín McGann

    Taya and Lorkrin must try to find a way to sabotage the Harvest Tide Project and avert the disaster it will unleash.

  • Hazel Wood Girl

    Hazel Wood Girl

    By Judy May Murphy

    Ever since her family moved to the country to live on a farm, Poppy's been miserable. She has a new life and a new school but unfortunately no new friends. Luckily, that's all about to change...

  • A Hollow in the Hills

    A Hollow in the Hills

    Try to outrun the fear
    By Ruth Frances Long

    Sequel to A Crack in Everything, Izzy, who is still coming to terms with her newfound powers, must prevent a war from engulfing Dublin and the fae realm of Dubh Linn.

  • Holy Terrors

    Holy Terrors

    A Boy, Two Brothers, A Stolen Childhood
    By Michael Clemenger

    Chilling, passionate and unflinching, this is the story of how one boy survived the terrors of Ireland’s notorious institutions and made a real life for himself.

  • Home For Christmas

    Home For Christmas

    Written by Alice Taylor, Photographs by Emma Byrne

    Join Alice Taylor this Christmas as she welcomes us into her home and shows us the traditions of her family's Christmas. Alice looks back over her past Christmases and prepares for this Christmas. 

  • The House on Hawthorn Road

    The House on Hawthorn Road

    By Megan Wynne

    Two children, from different centuries – Robbie, a trouble maker from the 1950’s and Beth from modern day – time travel through the walls of a magical house in Dublin.


  • Hunting Shadows

    Hunting Shadows

    An obsession for him. Life and death for her.
    By Sheila Bugler

    A tense thriller that stalks the urban streets of southeast London and the bleak wilderness of the North Kent coast, Hunting Shadows introduces the forceful, compromised police detective, DI Ellen Kelly. Can she find the missing girl before it's too late?

  • I Was a Boy in Belsen

    I Was a Boy in Belsen

    Written by Tomi Reichental, With Nicola Pierce

    Tomi Reichental, who lost 35 members of his family in the Holocaust and was the subject of the documentary “Till The Tenth Generation”, gives his account of being imprisoned as a child at Belsen concentration camp.

  • I Won't Go To China

    I Won't Go To China

    Written by Enda Wyley, Illustrated by Marie Thorhauge

    Chang-ming has been picked for the school team but his family will be in China, visiting his grandma when the big match is being played.

  • In Deep Dark Wood

    In Deep Dark Wood

    By Marita Conlon-McKenna

    When Bella Blackwell moves in next door, life takes a frightening and thrilling turn for Mia. Her brother and granny don't trust "The Bird Woman", and when she disappears their fear become real. A thrilling adventure story from Ireland's best-selling children's author.

  • In the Claws of the Eagle

    In the Claws of the Eagle

    By Aubrey Flegg

    Book 3: The Louise Trilogy
    Louise's portrait becomes part of a Nazi horde, while its previous owner, Izaac, is interned in Auschwitz. Can Louise reach out to save him?
    The gripping conclusion to this multiple-award-winning trilogy.

  • Insider


    Gerry Bradley's Life in the IRA
    Written by Gerry Bradley and Brian Feeney

    Senior IRA man Gerry Bradley speaks out for the first time - without permission from the IRA.

    “A riveting read” The Sunday Times

  • Into the Grey

    Into the Grey

    By Celine Kiernan

    "The scream was awful - a horrible desolate cry…the child led my unresisting brother up the path and further into the tangled garden. Out of my sight." A gripping thriller, featuring possession, war and the creeping terror of The Grey for Patrick, a fifteen-year-old out of his depth.

  • Irish Love Poems

    Irish Love Poems

    By Prof. A. Norman Jeffares

    An abundant harvest of poems, ballads and lovesongs from throughout Ireland's history - from anonymous ballads to the work of Yeats and Heaney.

  • Irish Wit

    Irish Wit

    From Behan and Wilde to Yer Man in the Pub
    Written by Sean McCann, Illustrated by Tom Mathews

    Irish wit is an art form, centuries old yet up-to-the-minute wise, inculting, obscure, profound and idiotic. For years the Irish have mixed wit with wisdom, as they have porter and whiskey.

  • James Joyce

    James Joyce

    Portrait of a Dubliner
    Written by and Illustrated by Alfonso Zapico, Translated by David Prendergast

    The life of James Joyce in the form of a graphic novel. This story is dotted with anecdotes, as well as a captivating and beautifully drawn journey through the cities of Dublin, Trieste, Paris and Zurich. A stunning one-of-a-kind publication about Joyce's life.

  • Jigsaw Stew

    Jigsaw Stew

    By Conor McHale

    Jack MacAnoolie tries to save his family when they eat stew made from a jigsaw!
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  • Jimeen


    An Irish Comic Classic
    Written by Pádraig O Siocfhradha, Illustrated by Kieron Black, Translated by Ide Ni Laoghaire and Peter Fallon

    Jimeen is Ireland's favourite rogue, a classic character loved by generations of children. He is always in trouble - he simply cannot resist it. But it is never his fault!

  • Joe Cahill

    Joe Cahill

    A Life in the IRA
    Written by Brendan Anderson and Joe Cahill

    'I was born in a united Ireland, I want to die in a united Ireland.'
    Born in Belfast in 1920, Joe Cahill has been an IRA man motivated by this ambition all his life. Here Cahill gives his full and frank story.

  • The Joyce We Knew

    The Joyce We Knew

    Memoirs of Joyce
    Edited by Ulick O'Connor

    These fascinating reminiscences by some of his friends and contemporaries give a deep insight into James Joyce and bring to light many less well-known characteristics.

  • Just Joshua

    Just Joshua

    By Jan Michael

    A heart-warming story of one boy's search for identity.

  • Kate


    By Siobhán Parkinson

    Set in the competitive world of Irish dancing, Siobhán Parkinson's latest book will delight girls from aged 10 upwards.

  • Katie's Cake

    Katie's Cake

    Written by Stephanie Dagg, Illustrated by Stephen Hall

    Katie finds that it's not easy to replace icing once you've licked it all off the cake.
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  • Katie's War

    Katie's War

    By Aubrey Flegg

    Caught in the Irish Civil War, Katie has divided loyalties: her shell-shocked father fought in the First World War and wants peace, but others still want to fight for a united Ireland.

  • Leave it to Eva

    Leave it to Eva

    By Judi Curtin

    Fun, feisty Eva Gordon always tries to help her friends, but this time she might have a problem that’s too big even for her …



  • The Leprechaun Who Wished He Wasn't

    The Leprechaun Who Wished He Wasn't

    Written by Siobhán Parkinson, Illustrated by Donald Teskey

    Laurence is a leprechaun who has been small for 1100 years and is sick of it! He wants to be TALL. He wants to be cool. Then he meet Phoebe, a large girl who wants to be small.

  • Lily at Lissadell

    Lily at Lissadell

    Written by Judi Curtin, Cover design or artwork by Rachel Corcoran

    When Lily is a young teenager, the time comes for her and her friends to leave school and find work; some are emigrating to America, some going to work in shops. Lily is going into service in the Big House – Lissadell. A warm and engaging story about friendship, life in the early 20th century and how the political world affects everyone.

  • Lily Steps Up

    Lily Steps Up

    A Lissadell Story
    Written by Judi Curtin, Cover design or artwork by Rachel Corcoran

    Lily and Nellie work hard as housemaids in Lissadell. And yet their days are full of friendship, fun, and even madcap bicycle rides with Maeve, daughter of the famous Republican, Countess Markievicz. But Nellie is all alone in the world; she grew up in the workhouse, where she was separated from her sisters. Lily longs to help her, but how can she?

  • The Little Black Sheep

    The Little Black Sheep

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    Written by and Illustrated by Elizabeth Shaw

    This charming book tells the adventures of an outcast little black sheep: how he saved the whole flock in a snowstorm, put Polo the bossy sheepdog in his place - and gave the shepherd a great idea!

    A story about being different, and becoming a hero.

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  • The Lough Neagh Monster

    The Lough Neagh Monster

    Written by Sam McBratney, Illustrated by Donald Teskey

    When NESSIE arrives from Scotland to visit her monster cousin NOBLETT there is bound to be trouble.
    Noblett loves his peaceful secret garden and has little time for his troublesome cousin from Loch Ness.

  • Mad Grandad and the Flying Saucer

    Mad Grandad and the Flying Saucer

    Written by and By (artist) Oisín McGann

    Lenny and Mad Grandad take their new flying saucer for its first flight. Getting into space is easy: getting home alive might be harder!

  • Mad Grandad and the Robot Garden

    Mad Grandad and the Robot Garden

    Written by and By (artist) Oisín McGann

    A Mad Grandad story: the new robot gardener looks like a great way to cut down on boring work: but the robot has other plans!

  • Magical Celtic Tales

    Magical Celtic Tales

    Written by Una Leavy, Illustrated by Fergal O'Connor

    Magical Celtic Tales is a collection of ten wonderful stories - some well known, others almost forgotten - from Brittany, Cornwall, Ireland, The Isle of Man, Scotland and Wales.

  • The Mammy

    The Mammy

    By Brendan O'Carroll

    Book 1: The Agnes Browne Trilogy THE MAMMY describes the joys and sorrows of Agnes, mother of the famous Mrs. Browne's Boys from the daily radio soap. A book of hilarious incidents, glorious characters, and a passion for life.

  • Marco Moves In

    Marco Moves In

    Written by Gerry Boland, Illustrated by Áine McGuinness

    A grizzly bear walked all the way from the zoo to my front door and not a single person noticed him. I suppose it helped that it was night, and that he was wearing a big black duffle coat.

    Patrick makes his unexpected guest at home, while keeping him hidden from the neighbours, police and his very distractable mum!

  • Marco: Master of Disguise

    Marco: Master of Disguise

    Written by Gerry Boland, Illustrated by Áine McGuinness

    Most of my class class had a pet of some sort. But no one I knew had a grizzly bear sleeping in their garden shed. Marco wasn't a pet, of course. He was my friend. My best friend.

    Can Patrick stop Marco being sent back to the zoo? An absurd and hilarious tale of real friendship.

  • Marco: Moonwalker

    Marco: Moonwalker

    Written by Gerry Boland, Illustrated by Áine McGuinness

    In their latest escapade, Marco Moonwalker, Patrick discovers that Marco can play the trombone, banjo and even dance like Michael Jackson! But disaster strikes when he is spotted without his mask: how will Patrick and Mum get him out of the Zoo again?

  • The Midnight Carnival

    The Midnight Carnival

    Step right up, don't be shy
    By Erika McGann

    Book four in the magical series. Under cover of darkness a carnival arrives on the green in the centre of Dunbridge. It doesn't take long for Grace and her friends to discover it is cursed...

  • Million Dollar Gift

    Million Dollar Gift

    By Ian Somers

    Ross Bentley has the gift of telekinesis but has always kept it hidden, even from those closest to him. When he learns of The Million Dollar Gift, a contest to find people with superhuman skills, he can’t let the chance go by, and enters. But all is not as it seems and soon he must use his skills to protect himself in a dark, dangerous world.

  • The Miraculous Parish / An Paróiste Míorúilteach

    The Miraculous Parish / An Paróiste Míorúilteach

    Selected Poems / Rogha Dánta
    Written by and Foreword by Máire Mhac an tSaoi, Introduced by and Edited by Louis de Paor

    Máire Mhac an tSaoi is the greatest living Irish language poet. The first ever translations of her work into English, overseen by Louis de Paor, who has also written a comprehensive introduction, make this beautiful book an unmissable event for all lovers of the Irish language.

  • Missing Ellen

    Missing Ellen

    By Natasha Mac a'Bháird

    Ellen and Maggie have been best friends for as long as they can remember. But now Ellen’s not there and Maggie’s left alone and she feels no one understands what she is going through. Can Maggie get used to missing Ellen?

  • Moncaí Dána

    Moncaí Dána

    Written by Aine Ní Ghlinn, Illustrated by Aileen Caffrey

    Is moncaí dána é Colm. Féach cad a tharlaíonn do Cholm agus dá chairde!
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  • The Moon King

    The Moon King

    By Siobhán Parkinson

    A young boy creates his own world to try to cope with his traumatic past.

  • The Moon Spun Round

    The Moon Spun Round

    W. B. Yeats for Children
    Written by W. B. Yeats, Edited by and Introduced by Noreen Doody, Illustrated by Shona Shirley Macdonald

    The Moon Spun Round takes children of all ages on an imaginative journey through W.B. Yeats’s poetry, folktales and childhood writing. Mysterious and beautiful illustrations spin out from Yeats’s haunting and enchanted words and rhythms.

  • Mother From Hell

    Mother From Hell

    Two Brothers, a Sadistic Mother, a Childhood Destroyed.
    Written by Kenneth M. Doyle and Patrick Doyle, With Nicola Pierce

    Starved, beaten and sent out to steal by their mother, Kenneth and Patrick Doyle's story is a catalogue of abuse.

  • My Nasty Neighbours

    My Nasty Neighbours

    By Creina Mansfield

    David and his family are typical - three messy, noisy teenagers; two tidy, organised parents. It just doesn't work, does it? But when Mum inherits some money, they find a solution -- two houses next door to each other

  • Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth

    Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth

    Exploring the Majestic Passage Tombs of Ancient Ireland
    By Liam Mac Uistin

    Older than the Egyptian pyramids, older than Stonehenge, for 5,000 years the ancient megalithic tomb at Newgrange in County Meath has housed the remains of Stone Age ‘aristocracy’, sheltering the spirits of the long dead from the outside world.

  • No Goodbye

    No Goodbye

    By Marita Conlon-McKenna

    It's hard to pretend that everything is normal when your whole life has been turned upside down … Four children come to terms with their mother's sudden departure.

  • No Peace for Amelia

    No Peace for Amelia

    By Siobhán Parkinson

    It's 1916 but Amelia Pim's thoughts are on Frederick Goodbody and not on the war in Europe. Then Frederick enlists. The pacifist Quaker community is shocked but Amelia is secretly proud of her hero …

  • No Shoes for Tom

    No Shoes for Tom

    Written by Una Leavy, Illustrated by Margaret Suggs

    Tom just HATES wearing shoes! He has such fun with his bare toes. But then the snow comes …
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  • Nobody Will Believe You

    Nobody Will Believe You

    A Story of Unbreakable Courage
    Written by Mary Manning, With Nicola Pierce

    This is the truly shocking and harrowing story of a young girl whose stepfather began raping her when she was just twelve years old. After twenty years she finally found the strength to break free. An inspiration story of courage and survival.

  • The O'Brien Book of Irish Fairy Tales and Legends

    The O'Brien Book of Irish Fairy Tales and Legends

    Written by Una Leavy, Illustrated by Susan Field

    Irish fairy tales and legends are full of enchantment, brave deeds and lost loves. Told from generation to generation, they are as fascinating now as they were to their original listeners. With stunning illustrations to draw the reader back to a time of heroes and myth. Now available in paperback.

  • Olanna's Big Day

    Olanna's Big Day

    Written by Natasha Mac a'Bháird, Illustrated by Ray Forkan

    How can Olanna help when disaster strikes in the St. Patrick's Day Parade?

  • On the Brinks

    On the Brinks

    By Sam Millar

    The incredible true life story of Sam Millar, from his childhood in Belfast to membership of the IRA, time spent in Long Kesh internment camps and carrying out the $7 million Brinks heist, one of the biggest robberies in U.S. history. Subject of RTE Documentary on One: The Seven Million Dollar Man.

  • Only Eva

    Only Eva

    By Judi Curtin

    Eva Gordon doesn't like mysteries – so when new girl Aretta hurries away after school every day Eva's determined to find out why. And Aretta's not the only person Eva's interested in – her friend's granny has been parted from her beloved dog, so Eva decides to cheer her up. But can she?

  • Past Darkness

    Past Darkness

    By Sam Millar

    Fourth installment in the Karl Kane detective series by Sam Millar.

  • The Poison Throne

    The Poison Throne

    Written by and Illustrated by Celine Kiernan, Illustrated by Finbarr O'Connor

    A Friend. A Father. A Kingdom. Which one would you sacrifice? This gothic tale of intrigue, adventure and romance follows Wynter Moorehawke as she is forced to make choices for herself, her family and country, and discover who, if anyone, she can really trust.

  • Queen of Coin and Whispers

    Queen of Coin and Whispers

    A kingdom of secrets and a game of lies
    By Helen Corcoran

    Faced with dangerous plots and hidden enemies, can Lia and Xania learn to rely on each other, as they discover that all is not fair in love and treason?

  • The Rainbow Bridge

    The Rainbow Bridge

    By Aubrey Flegg

    Book 2: The Louise Trilogy
    In another time and another country, the portrait of Louise Eeden continues to influence the lives of all it touches.

  • The Real Rebecca

    The Real Rebecca

    By Anna Carey

    Rebecca’s mum Rosie writes books for adults, but when she writes a novel for teens, everyone thinks it's based on her daughter!

    Rebecca is horrified and vows to prove that she is different.

    But how will she show the world the real Rebecca?

  • Rebecca Rocks

    Rebecca Rocks

    By Anna Carey

    Holidays mean no school for THREE months! Rebecca’s band Hey Dollface are going to a summer camp to become total rock stars. But there’s another band, the Crack Parrots, and they’re going to be trouble. As for romance, Cass's love life is complicated, while Rebecca’s doesn’t really exist at all …

  • Rebecca's Rules

    Rebecca's Rules

    By Anna Carey

    Rebecca’s back and life is not quite working out. Her boyfriend has moved to Canada. She has annoyed my best friends Cass and Alice by moping. Things have got to change. So she's made some new rules. The most important one is: find something exciting to do. Something fun. Something new. Something like joining the school musical …

  • The Rebel Prince

    The Rebel Prince

    By Celine Kiernan

    United Friends. A Divided Kingdom. Who will prevail?

    After a joyful reunion, it seems that the years of war have left their scars on brothers Alberon and Razi, and it is not long before their differences come between them. Who will survive the final battle?


  • The Redemption Factory

    The Redemption Factory

    By Sam Millar

    A brutal and compelling tale of murder and corruption, set in the surreal environment of an abattoir.

  • Resonance


    By Celine Kiernan

    Ireland, 1890: two immortals prowl in search of food for their ‘Angel’ and they will stop at nothing to maintain their grip on life. A seamstress, the young man who loves her, and a magician soon find themselves imprisoned in the immortals' country estate. Here, they are nothing but food and entertainment. Soon they will be nothing at all.


  • The Rising of Bella Casey

    The Rising of Bella Casey

    By Mary Morrissy

    From a piano abandoned on the strife-torn streets of Dublin in Easter 1916, Mary Morissy spins the reader backwards through the life of one-time enigmatic beauty Bella Casey, sister to the famed playwright Sean O’Casey.

    An ambitious novel about love, history and literature.

  • The Romanian Builder

    The Romanian Builder

    Written by P.R. Prendergast, Illustrated by Ross Stewart

    How can Joe find out all he wants to know about building when Radu doesn't speak English?

  • Ross O'Carroll-Kelly: The Teenage Dirtbag Years

    Ross O'Carroll-Kelly: The Teenage Dirtbag Years

    Written by Ross O'Carroll-Kelly, With Paul Howard, Illustrated by Alan Clarke

    So there I was, roysh, class legend, schools rugby legend, basically all-round legend, when someone decides you can't, like, sit the Leaving Cert four times. Well that put a focking spanner in the works.

    The second, like, un-focking-missable book from Ross O'Carroll-Kelly

  • Rugby Flyer

    Rugby Flyer

    Haunting history, thrilling tries
    By Gerard Siggins

    Eoin and his new friends are taken on a trip to Twickenham to play & watch rugby. There, he meets a ghost: Prince Obolensky, a Russian who played rugby for England, scored a world famous try against New Zealand in Twickenham and later joined the RAF and died in WW2.

  • Rugby Heroes

    Rugby Heroes

    Ghostly Ground, Deadly Danger
    By Gerard Siggins

    Take a dive into history – with some help from rugby legends of the past!

    Eoin Madden is Castlerock College’s star player and he's been called up for Ireland in the Under 16 Four Nations! When his oldest and best ghostly friend calls for help, can Eoin and his band of heroes their deadliest mystery yet?


  • Rugby Rebel

    Rugby Rebel

    Discovering History - Uncovering Mystery
    By Gerard Siggins

    Book three in Gerard Siggins' supernatural Rugby series.

  • Rugby Redzone

    Rugby Redzone

    Sports Academy Book 2
    By Gerard Siggins

    Five kids with one dream: to become the greatest sports stars in the world!

    Read all about Kim and her friends at Sports Academy where, with the help of eccentric, genius coaches, they are transformed into serious players in their own sports.

  • Rugby Runner

    Rugby Runner

    Ancient Roots, Modern Boots
    By Gerard Siggins

    Eoin Madden is captain of the Junior Cup team, training with Leinster and aiming for Ireland's Under 16 World Cup team. He also has to deal with grumpy friends, teachers piling on the homework – AND a ghost on a mission that goes back to the very origins of the game of rugby. 

    Books, crooks and rucks - it’s all to play for this term!


  • Rugby Spirit

    Rugby Spirit

    A new school, a new sport, an old mystery...
    By Gerard Siggins

    Eoin has just started a new school … and a new sport. Everyone at school is mad about rugby, but Eoin hasn’t even held a rugby ball before! And why does everybody seem to know more about his own grandad than he does?

  • Rugby Warrior

    Rugby Warrior

    Back in school. Back in sport. Back in time.
    By Gerard Siggins

    Eoin Madden is now captain of the Under 14s team and has to deal with friction between his friend Rory and new boy Dylan as they battle for a place as scrum-half. Fast-paced action, mysterious spirits and feuding friends – it’s a season to remember!

    Sequel to the hugely successful Rugby Spirit.

  • Safe Harbour

    Safe Harbour

    By Marita Conlon-McKenna

    Sophie and Hugh are left homeless when their house is bombed during the London Blitz. Their mother is seriously injured and their Dad is away fighting, so the children are sent to their grandfather in Ireland.

  • Saga


    By Conor Kostick

    Ghost, a fifteen-year-old air-boarding punk lives in a vast dark futuristic metropolis. But a mysterious stranger appears to break her out of jail, then challenges the whole basis of reality.

  • Sally Go Round The Stars

    Sally Go Round The Stars

    Favourite Rhymes from an Irish Childhood
    Written by Sarah Webb and Claire Ranson, Illustrated by Steve McCarthy

    A major, beautifully-illustrated collection of favourite nursery rhymes known and loved throughout Ireland. It includes favourite international, British and Irish rhymes as well as special Irish favourites.


  • The Scrapper

    The Scrapper

    By Brendan O'Carroll

    Dublin boxer Sparrow McCabe has the World Featherweight title for the taking: but he can't throw that final punch and suddenly it’s all over. Fast forward fifteen years and Sparrow is working as a driver for gangsters. But when murder enters the picture, there's a new fight he can't afford to lose.

  • See If I Care

    See If I Care

    Written by Judi Curtin and Roisin Meaney

    Life is not going well for reluctant penpals Luke and Elma, so they invent new, more glamorous lives for themselves in their correspondance, little realising how similar their true lives actually are...

  • Sinn Féin

    Sinn Féin

    A Hundred Turbulent Years
    By Brian Feeney

    The fascinating story of one of the oldest and most controversial parties in Irish politics over the last hundred years.

  • Sisters ... No Way!

    Sisters ... No Way!

    By Siobhán Parkinson

    Cindy, a with-it and cynical young teen, still traumatised by her mother's recent death, is appalled when her father falls in love with one of her teachers, a woman with two teenage daughters of her own ...

  • Snip Snip!

    Snip Snip!

    Written by Creina Mansfield, Illustrated by Maeve Kelly

    Erin loves to cut things with her scissors, but cutting things can cause lots of trouble.
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  • Socks for Mr Wolf

    Socks for Mr Wolf

    A Woolly Adventure Around Ireland
    By Tatyana Feeney

    Mr Wolf loves looking good. Mr Wolf loves to dance. But more than anything in the world Mr Wolf loves his beautiful socks. Until one day, a hole appears in one … WHAT can he do? Follow Mr Wolf on a woolly adventure around Ireland as he tries to save his socks!


  • Sold into Marriage

    Sold into Marriage

    One Girl's Living Nightmare
    By Sean Boyne

    The terrifying true story of a 16-year-old girl sold into marriage by her father: this took place in 1973 in Ireland.

  • Spirit of the Titanic

    Spirit of the Titanic

    Written by Nicola Pierce, Illustrated by Emma Byrne

    The ghost of fifteen-year-old Samuel Scott moves restlessly aboard the Titanic as she sails to her doom in 1912. An eyewitness to the final days in the lives of rich and poor, crew and passengers, this is Samuel’s story …

  • Star Dancer

    Star Dancer

    By Morgan Llywelyn

    From the land of the racehorse, an international bestselling author writes a horse story for children. An adventure story about growing up, filled with thrills and excitement, and a tingle of danger.

  • The Stolen Village

    The Stolen Village

    Baltimore and the Barbary Pirates
    By Des Ekin

    In 1631 Barbary pirates kidnapped the inhabitants of Baltimore, West Cork in a daring night time raid. Only two of them ever returned. Here is the story of their kidnap, sale in the slave markets of Algiers and the political fallout from the attack.

  • Strongbow


    The Story of Richard and Aoife
    By Morgan Llywelyn

    The dramatic story of the Norman conquest of Ireland in the 12th century. Full of battles and warfare, but a story of love, too, between an unlikely pair - wilful and wild Irish princess Aoife, and Strongbow, the Norman invader.

  • The Summit

    The Summit

    How Triumph Turned to Tragedy on K2's Deadliest Days
    Written by Pat Falvey and Pemba Gyalje Sherpa

    On 1 August 2008, thirty-four climbers from seven international expeditions joined forces in their attempt to reach the summit of K2. Tragedy struck and for three days Sherpa Pemba Gyalje and others tried to save the lives of those around them. A gripping eye-witness account of one of mountaineerings most controversial disasters.

  • Time After Time

    Time After Time

    By Judi Curtin

    Molly and Beth are best friends but they aren't too happy when their families move in together. But when the two are accidently transported back to the past, they have a chance to see the world through their parents’ eyes ...


  • To Hell or Barbados

    To Hell or Barbados

    The ethnic cleansing of Ireland
    By Sean O'Callaghan

    The previously untold story of over 50,000 Irish men, women and children who were transported to Barbados and Virginia.

  • To School Through the Fields

    To School Through the Fields

    By Alice Taylor

    Alice Taylor's classic account of growing up in the Irish countryside, the biggest selling book ever published in Ireland. Beautifully illustrated throughout with a new introduction by the author.

  • The Truth About Leprechauns

    The Truth About Leprechauns

    By Dr. Robert Curran

    Just what is a leprechaun? To some, he is full of harmless mischief, guarding his elusive crock of gold. To others, an evil gnome bent on disrupting mortal lives with black magic.

    Historian & folklorist Bob Curran turns the spotlight on the ‘real’ leprechaun – mysterious, complex and contradictory.

  • Under Fragile Stone

    Under Fragile Stone

    By Oisín McGann

    Volume II of The Archisan Tales. Taya and Lorkrin's parents are trapped when a mine tunnel collapses in a haunted mountain. Can they rescue them before it is too late?

  • Under the Hawthorn Tree

    Under the Hawthorn Tree

    Children of the Famine
    Written by Marita Conlon-McKenna, Illustrated by Donald Teskey, Cover design or artwork by PJ Lynch

    The first book in the famine trilogy
    Under the Hawthorn Tree is Ireland's top selling children's book and a classic for young readers worldwide. Set during the Irish famine, it follows three children as they travel across the country to find their family.

  • Vet on the Loose

    Vet on the Loose

    By Gillian Hick

    Whether castrating horses or tending to stoned Alsatians, Gillian Hick's sense of humour never deserts her in this engaging account of her life as a vet.

  • Viva Alice!

    Viva Alice!

    Written by Judi Curtin, Illustrated by Woody Fox, Cover design or artwork by Nicola Colton

    Alice and Megan go to Lanzarote with Grace, for some fun in the sun. But life's never simple when Alice is around, and now she wants to fix Grace’s brother’s love life! Alice's schemes seem crazy, but sometimes she really can sort things out. Maybe Megan just needs to trust her best friend – even if it means helping mean girl, Melissa ...

  • The Waiting Game

    The Waiting Game

    You never know who's watching ...
    By Sheila Bugler

    DI Ellen Kelly's career seems to be stalling – again. And her feelings for Jim O’Dwyer feel like they’re spiralling out of control. Meanwhile, someone is out there, stalking the weak, bringing misery and fear, and it’s Ellen’s job to stop them. Could it be that this time, for the first time, Ellen is the one trapped in the web?

  • Walter Speazlebud

    Walter Speazlebud

    Written by David Donohue, Illustrated by Aidan Harte

    Walter Speazlebud is an ordinary boy - with extraordinary powers. He can spell backwards - and he can make people go backwards in time!

  • The Watching Wood

    The Watching Wood

    By Erika McGann

    When Grace and her five best friends are forced to take part in the Witch Trials, they risk life and limb to compete against other trainee witches in magical, death-defying stunts. But when they are discovered to be mere humans, this supernatural world turns against them, and the real nightmare begins.

  • When Love Comes to Town

    When Love Comes to Town

    By Tom Lennon

    Meet Neil Byrne - try-scorer on the rugby field, prizewinning student, one of the in-crowd at the disco, regular guy, gay. Presenting one face to the world and burying his true feelings in fantasy, Neil tries to keep his secret.

  • Wildflower Girl

    Wildflower Girl

    Written by Marita Conlon-McKenna, Illustrated by Donald Teskey, Cover design or artwork by PJ Lynch

    The second book in the famine trilogy
    At seven, Peggy made a terrifying journey through famine-stricken Ireland. Now thirteen, and determined to make a new life for herself, she sets off alone to America …

  • Wings over Delft

    Wings over Delft

    By Aubrey Flegg

    When her father commissions a famous artist to paint her portrait, Louise Eeden reluctantly agrees. In the studio Louise unexpectedly finds freedom to be herself. But someone has been watching her every move...

  • A Winter of Spies

    A Winter of Spies

    Ireland’s War of Independence: when the truth can get you killed
    By Gerard Whelan

    Sarah becomes involved in spying for Michael Collins during the War of Independence.

  • The Wish List

    The Wish List

    By Eoin Colfer

    Meg Finn dies after a botched attempt to rob a pensioner, Lowry: her soul is up for grabs as the divine and demonic each want her! How can she tip the scales in her favour to save her soul? A tale of life, death and an unexpected hereafter.

  • The Wit of Oscar Wilde

    The Wit of Oscar Wilde

    By Sean McCann

    Oscar Wilde is probably the most quoted and quotable man in history. His genius manifested itself in his plays and poetry but he is equally famous for his penetrating wit, humour and brilliant repartee. A fantastic selection of hundreds of his most memorable insults, quips and quotations.

  • The Witch Apprentice

    The Witch Apprentice

    Written by Marian Broderick, Illustrated by Francesca Carabelli

    What if you were adopted by witches? There’s something very odd going on in Anna Kelly’s new home ...

  • A Witch in a Fix

    A Witch in a Fix

    Written by Marian Broderick, Illustrated by Francesca Carabelli

    A Book of Mischief and Magic!
    Anna’s science teacher really gets on her nerves – but is that a good enough reason to turn her into a giant rat?

  • The Witch in the Woods

    The Witch in the Woods

    Written by Marian Broderick, Illustrated by Francesca Carabelli

    Anna Kelly is a witch who’s more interested in sleepovers, school friends and soccer than practising her magic.

    When Verbena Vile, a mad, bad and dangerous witch, kidnaps Anna’s best friend Mary it’s up to Anna and her cat Charlie to rescue her …

  • Wolfgran


    Written by Finbar O'Connor, Illustrated by Martin Fagan

    A sequel to the story of Little Red Riding Hood, Wolfgran is a wonderfully irreverent take on the world of fairy tales. Disguised as a little old lady, the Wolf is causing mayhem as he prowls the city streets.

  • Wolfgran Returns

    Wolfgran Returns

    Written by Finbar O'Connor, Illustrated by Martin Fagan

    Inspector Plonker is once more on the trail of his old enemy, Wolfgran, but this time he's going undercover.

  • The Woman of the House

    The Woman of the House

    By Alice Taylor

    The Phelans have owned Mossgrove for generations. But when it is put up for sale, the lengths to which Irish people will go to keep their land become clear.

    An enchanting novel by Ireland’s favourite writer.

  • The Women

    The Women

    By Alice Taylor

    In her eagerly-awaited new book, Alice Taylor salutes the women whose energy and generosity made such a valuable contribution to all our lives.

  • You've Got A Friend

    You've Got A Friend

    By Judi Curtin

    The fantastic follow-up to Time After Time and Stand By Me

    Families are so complicated! Molly’s dad seems so lonely. He lives on his own, he won’t get a pet, he doesn’t get on with his brother … Best friends Molly and Beth suspect his problems lie in his past, but what can two thirteen-year-olds do about that?