If you have a book lover in your life, you can’t go wrong with a book for Christmas! We’ve put together a list of books for the book lover in your life, from your mam to your grandparents and everyone in between!
For Your Mam
Décor Galor by Laura De Barra
“With Gaff Goddess Laura de Barra proved she was the queen of She-IY, but that was just the beginning. In Décor Galore she takes us room by room with genius and stunning tips for how to revamp your home on any budget. Whether you want to maximise storage, create layered lighting, or install a new kitchen, Décor Galore has got you covered. Creative, stylish and incredibly practical, Laura will change how you view your space and open up a world of new possibilities.
Gaff Goddess empowered you to pick up a drill and now Décor Galore will empower you to create the home you’ve always wanted.”
For Your Sister
Oh My God What A Complete Aisling Diary by Sarah Breen & Emer McSlysaght
“Being organised is one of the cornerstones of every Aisling’s personality. But it takes lots of work behind the scenes to keep track of whose turn it is to host book club or to remember when you’re entitled to a reduced-price scale and polish (isn’t that what you’re paying PRSI for?). A good diary, like this one, is your secret weapon.
It provides a place to keep your special dates, appointments, goals, lists and plans. There are two pages per week, the all-important space for your Important Bits as well as lots of extra pages for notes and ideas.
Each month is introduced with an iconic and sometimes inspirational quote from a selection of Aisling’s favourite people. There are also twelve exclusive extracts from Aisling’s own diary. Think of it as a little incentive to keep you going until the end of the year. Because we all need a little push sometimes, don’t we?
A must-have for every handbag or desk, Oh My God, What a Complete Diary 2022 will also spread a little bit of joy each day.”
For Your Bestie
The Magpie Society: Two For Joy by Zoe Sugg & Amy McColluch
“THE CHILLING CONCLUSION TO #1 BESTSELLING SERIES THE MAGPIE SOCIETY
A DEADLY DISAPPEARANCEA RACE AGAINST TIMEAnd, at the eleventh hour . . .A SHOCKING REVELATION
Audrey and Ivy, determined to bring their fellow student Lola Radcliffe’s killer to justice, find themselves in the middle of another mystery when a friend disappears in suspicious circumstances.
Their only clue is a mysterious card left by the enigmatic Magpie Society. With time running out and the police baffled, Audrey and Ivy must delve deeper than ever into the dark secrets that their school is hiding.
But someone is playing a deadly game. And to beat them, Audrey and Ivy have to start rewriting the rules…”
For Your Grandparents
The Presidents Letters by Flor Mac Carthy
“Shortlisted for the An Post Irish Book Awards Irish-Published Book of the Year A TREASURE TROVE OF LETTERS TO AND FROM OUR NINE PRESIDENTS FROM 1938 TO THE PRESENT DAY With over 400 letters, memos, cards, telegrams, drawings, notes and photographs, The Presidents’ Letters reveals a personal and unexpected story of Ireland since the inauguration of our first president, Douglas Hyde. Most of these have never been published before and a handful have never been seen by the public. They are letters of congratulations, of resignation, of sympathy. A handwritten note from a president to a queen, a message sent to the moon, a fond farewell from a poet. There are letters of joy and loss, begging letters and threatening ones, sent from palaces, parliaments and prisons, from war zones, refugee camps and homeless shelters. Meticulously researched and hand-picked for this unique book, these correspondences bring to life our presidents, Áras an Uachtaráin and all those who have passed through its doors. The Presidents’ Letters is a beautiful homage to the art of the letter, exploring how each of our presidents defined their eras and how they strengthened the relationship between Ireland and all who identify as Irish. The book is divided into thematic sections, rather than separate chapters on the individual presidencies and featuring contributions in the form of one-page chapter introductions to contextualise the correspondence.”
For Your Dad
Did Ye Hear Mammy Died? by Seamus O’Reilly
“Did Ye Hear Mammy Died? is Seamas O’Reilly’s memoir of growing up as one of eleven children in rural Northern Ireland in the 1990s after the death of their mother when Seamas was five. He delves into his family – his pleasingly eccentric, reticent but deeply loving father; his rambunctious siblings, intent on enforcing a byzantine age-based hierarchy; and the numerous bewildering friends, relations and neighbours who blew in and out to ‘help’. Seamas describes how his mother’s death changed his childhood relationships with everyone and everything, as knowledge of his tragic experience preceded him. He writes hilariously and tenderly of how his father, Joe, strove to give his children a happy home and a good education – building bookshelves in every room so as to avoid having to lecture them on the importance of academic achievement; videotaping and obsessively cataloguing more than 800 films so as not to have to take out a Blockbuster subscription; having the local nuns cook their Christmas turkey every year. This unusual childhood took place in Northern Ireland at the end of the Troubles, on the Irish border that Brexit has made once more into a hotly contested political frontier. Seamas describes living on that boundary, including the time an IRA bomb blew out their windows when he was three. We then follow Seamas through his teenage years as a nascent political radical and amateur satirist, and his arrival in Dublin as a university student. Did Ye Hear Mammy Died? is the story of a boy growing up; a family bonded by loss, love and mockery; and their triumphs and disasters as they reached for their goal of some kind of normality.”
For Young Readers
A Hug For You by David King
“Nothing warms us up quite like a hug, but what can we do when we can’t be together? This is the story of a new hug’s adventure and the boy who shared it with the world. Adam King stole the hearts of the nation when he introduced us to his Virtual Hug, a heart-shaped sign he carried during the COVID-19 pandemic to help him stay connected to his teacher while he was learning from home. He also took it to his regular hospital appointments to show his doctors, nurses, and care staff that he was still giving them a hug, just in a different way. This picture book, inspired by true events, tells the story of one little boy with a big idea that came straight from the heart. The virtual hug makes its way onto mugs, postage stamps and even all the way to outer space, spreading warmth and connection to people all over the world.”