Eason Book Club: April/May Selections
Every month, we share our book recommendations with you through Eason Book Club. Chosen from our favourite reads, bestsellers and critically acclaimed books across all genres, we have something for all book lovers, no matter what you’re into.
This month’s book of the month is Skintown by Ciaran McMenamin.
For a look at all of our recommended titles this month, visit our Book Club page on Easons.com.
All Vinny wanted was a Hawaiian burger from one of the choice joints on Chippie Street. Just a few hours later, after a mindless act of kindness, Vinny somehow finds himself wedged into the back seat of a shiny black Ford Fiesta, two prime cuts of under-the-influence thuggery watching him from the front. And there’s nothing that can shift perspective more than the high adrenaline rush of an all-night rave and blissed-out sex, where all divisions dissolve along with inhibitions and most of your clothes. The morning after is going to hurt like hell. Skintown is Vinny’s drink- and drug-fuelled odyssey through fights, riots, fishing, ecstasy, sex and acid house. Bristling with a restless energy, this superb debut is a wild ride of a novel.
Horace Winter doesn’t, strictly speaking, have friends. Ever since the long-ago day when the Very Bad Thing happened, he prefers to spend his time in the company of moths and butterflies, who are far less likely to disappoint him than humans. But then, on the day Horace retires from his job as assistant bank manager, he takes a turn and, faced with devastating news, he is suddenly forced to confront his life. Then Horace meets Amanda. And Max. And ex-Corporal Migsie Spring. He discovers a letter his father never posted, and goes on a mission to find its addressee. He gets a man jailed (sort of) and rescues his son (sort of). He learns to fly a model airplane and takes his own first flight abroad, to England, and then takes his Morris Minor on a ferry to visit the beaches of Normandy. And all to answer one central question: is Horace Winter a moth? Or is he a butterfly?
Like all 20-year-olds, Ryan Cusack is trying to get his head around who he is. This is not a good time for his boss to exploit his dual heritage by opening a new black market route from Italy to Ireland. It is certainly not a good time for his adored girlfriend to decide he’s irreparably corrupted. And he really wishes he hadn’t accidentally caught the eye of an ornery grandmother who fancies herself his saviour. There may be a way clear of the chaos in the business proposals of music promoter Colm and in the attention of the charming, impulsive Natalie. But now that his boss’s ambitions have rattled the city, Ryan is about to find out what he’s made of, and it might be that chaos is in his blood.
From the award-winning author of If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things and Even the Dogs. Reservoir 13 tells the story of many lives haunted by one family’s loss. A GUARDIAN NOTABLE BOOK OF 2017