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Celebrate St Patrick’s Day 2020 with an craic-ing Irish read.

Fairies, shamrocks, leprechauns, pookas and banshees – Irish myth and folklore runs deep in the collective consciousness. In times gone by, traditional storytellers called Seanchaí kept the ancient Celtic lore and wisdom alive. And today, storytelling remains something akin to a traditional Irish pastime. It’s no wonder Ireland remains a wellspring of imaginative literature. To celebrate St Patrick’s Day 2020, here’s just some of the emeralds from the Irish storytelling chest.

  • A collection of fifteen stories, evoking the voices and lives that teem in Joyce's vision of his native city

  • The new classic from the queen of contemporary fiction.

  • From the greatest living Irish author, a brilliant and moving novel about fame, sexual power, and a daughter’s search to understand her mother’s hidden truths

  • Iris Murdoch's Booker Prize-winning novel – now republished as part of the Vintage Classics Murdoch Series. Six gorgeous editions of her best, funniest and most subversive novels published to mark her centenary.

  • Two of John Banville’s most compelling novels are collected together in a single volume for the first time, in a beautiful hardback gift edition from Everyman.

  • Maurice Swift is an aspiring novelist struggling to come up with the story that will make his name, and he doesn't care where that story comes from. Even if he has to beg, borrow, steal or worse, he will make it to the top. Whatever the cost...

  • A spellbinding stand-alone from a literary writer who turns the crime genre inside out, The Wych Elm asks what we become, and what we're capable of, if we no longer know who we are.

  • A Line Made by Walking, by the critically acclaimed author of Spill Simmer Falter Wither, is a beautiful and elegant novel by a writer whose empathy shines a bright, piercing light on the heart-breaking realities of being alive.

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