Book Excerpts


TAN (David Lawlor) - It’s 1914 and Liam Mannion is forced into exile for a crime he didn’t commit. He flees Balbriggan, the only home he has ever known and travels to England, where he enlists and endures the torment of trench warfare in France. Five years later he’s back in England, a changed man, living in the shadow of his battlefield memories

Thursday Quotables – Tan

‘So long ago… a different world, Liam… How the fuck are ye, and what the fuck are ye doin’ in that get up?’ his voice took on an angry edge. Liam leaned the rifle against…


AN ENCOUNTER a short story from DUBLINERS (James Joyce) Joyce's first major work, written when he was only twenty-five, brought his city to the world for the first time. His stories are rooted in the rich detail of Dublin life, portraying ordinary, often defeated lives with unflinching realism.

Thursday Quotables – An Encounter

In the morning I was first-comer to the bridge as I lived nearest. I hid my books in the long grass near the ashpit at the end of the garden where nobody ever came and…


THE GHOST OF THE RATH (Rosa Mulholland) Twelve Irish Ghost Stories - A classic gothic story with a great setting and atmosphere

Thursday Quotables – The Ghost of the Rath

After a few intolerable moments I felt better, but the heavy air pressed on me stiflingly and I rushed from the inner room into the larger and outer chamber. Here a blast of cool air…






TIME AND REGRET (M.K. Todd) - A novel with a dueal timeline: Martin takes part to WWI, which will change his life forever. In 1991, Grace, Martin's granddaughter, tries to solve a mystery happened during the war

Thursday Quotables – Time and Regret

Martin nodded but said nothing. He was worried that decreasing visibility from the rain and sleet would hamper their efforts. German barrages still concentrated on positions they’d left more than an hour ago, but it…




GODS OF NEW ORLEANS (AJ Sikes) AFter feeing the terrible event occured in Chicago, Emma Farnsworth arrives with his little crew in New Orleans, where Eddie has promised her everything will be fine. Things turn out to be quite different

Thursday Quotables – Gods of New Orleans

Emma tried to radio one more time, muffling her voice in her collar like she’d done before. “Airship Vigilance requesting refuel on Farnsworth Wind and Water account.” She gave the account number and drew in…


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