Tuesday, December 06, 2016

This week's selection from Woodbine Books

Domestique — Charly Wegelius

This is a must read for anyone with even a interest in professional cycling. It looks at road racing from the perspective of a professional domestique or servant, a team member whose job it is to sacrifice himself in every race for his team or for the team leader. Its an eye-opening read of both the price that must be paid in order to do the job properly and the unexpected rewards that follow.

Dr James Barry — Michael du Preez & Jeremy Dronfield

Dr James Barry was many things — Inspector General of Hospitals, army surgeon, duellist, reformer, ladykiller and eccentric. Dr. Barry performed the first successful caesarean in the British Empire, outraged the military establishment, and gave Florence Nightingale a dressing-down at Scutari. A post-mortem revealed an astonishing secret — Dr. Barry was in fact a woman. This is her story.

The Memory Of Music — Olive Collins

This tells the story of an Irish mother's struggle to survive and protect her family through the turbulent early years of the Irish republic and the effects of those efforts on her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. It's a story of heroism, inspiration and hope.

The Moon Spun Around — WB Yeats

This is a beautifully illustrated book of W.B. Yeats poetry, folktales and an account of his daughter Anne's memories of childhood and is aimed at younger readers. It's a really high quality book and is beautifully bound. An unexpected surprise is the jacket which unfolds into a beautifully illustrated poster with the text of his poem 'Where Books Go'.

Santa's Sleigh is on its way to Kildare

This has proven to be one of our best sellers over the last few weeks. It describes how Santa will visit a wide variety of areas around Kildare on Christmas Eve — naturally Kilcullen gets a mention …