Book Haul: February

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This has been a long and a short month both in one. I’ve had countless things to do and many headaches to fight and even an illness (which is still present), which meant that I practically didn’t read and didn’t have time for anything really. Nevertheless I managed to buy so many books (obviously buying > reading), that I actually feel like it can’t be only this month. 

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Brilliant Book Titles #91

South Dublin Reads

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You can reserve a copy online at South Dublin Libraries’ catalogue here.

Blurb:
‘A mind-expanding tour of the world without leaving your paintbox. Every colour has a story, and here are some of the most alluring, alarming, and thought-provoking. Very hard painting the hallway magnolia after this inspiring primer.’
Simon Garfield


The Secret Lives of Colour tells the unusual stories of the 75 most fascinating shades, dyes and hues. From blonde to ginger, the brown that changed the way battles were fought to the white that protected against the plague, Picasso’s blue period to the charcoal on the cave walls at Lascaux, acidyellow to kelly green, and from scarlet women to imperial purple, these surprising stories run like a bright thread throughout history. In this book Kassia St Clair has turned her lifelong obsession with colours and where they come from (whether Van Gogh’s chrome…

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5 Books for LGBT History Month

South Dublin Reads

February is LGBT History Month in the UK, although it slowly is making its way over here (we were one of the first to do programmes for it). Here’s five gay history books to celebrate the month

gay life and culture.jpgGay Life and Culture: A World History
Gay Life and Culture is the first ever comprehensive, global account of gay history. It is spectacularly illustrated throughout and includes an extensive selection of images, many of them only recently recovered. From Theocritus verses to Queer as Folk, from the berdaches of North America to the boywives of Aboriginal Australia, this extraordinarily wide-ranging book illustrates both the commonality of love and lust, and the various ways in which such desires have been constructed through the ages.

queer-londonQueer London: Perils and Pleasures in the Sexual Metropolis, 1918-1957 by Matt Houlbrook
In August 1934, young Cyril L. wrote to his friend Billy about all the exciting men…

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The Killing Jar by Nicola Monaghan

South Dublin Reads

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A gripping, mile-a-minute debut about selfishness, self-obliteration and one girl’s perseverance. The Killing Jar tells the story of Kerri-Ann who lives on a drug-riddled estate. She doesn’t know who her father is, and her mother is a junkie.

By the age of 10 she’s selling drugs at school. By 12, she’s been beaten up by a customer, hidden stolen guns, done time in a girl’s home, and already has a taste for whiz. She is also left to care for her little brother Jon.

She has one true friend, Mark who is the one person she can trust. Friendship turns to love- but can it stand the caustic world they live in?

This book is fast-paced and, to be honest, very chilling! Once I started I couldn’t put it down.

Definitely recommended.

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You can reserve a copy online at South Dublin Libraries’ catalogue here.

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