Tony Canavan presents a selection of books to read while holidaying at home or abroad this summer.


Summer is here (and let’s hope that the Irish weather obliges) and we start thinking of holidays. Like last year, we have gone through some recent books from Irish publishers and come up with a selection of reads to suit all tastes and all holidays. From our readers’ feedback, we know that Books Ireland fans enjoy a variety of holidays: a ‘staycation’ somewhere in Ireland; taking it easy under the sun in a Spanish resort; soaking in culture in a city in Europe or further afield; exploring new experiences in the Orient; or backpacking just about anywhere. We know it’s the holidays, so we’ve not included too many serious or heavy reads. We’re sure you’ll find something on the lists below to suit you. Let us know your recommendations @ BooksIrelandmag #SummerReads.

Here’s a taste of our 4-page summer reading guide…

Evil under the sun

The crime genre has really taken off in Ireland, and Irish writers are worldwide bestsellers. For those who want to spend their holiday with a psychopath, murderer, con man or rogue (in their imaginations anyway), here’s a selection of crime books.

Angels in the Moonlight. Caimh McDonnell. McFori Ink; 317pp; €9.99/£8.99/US$11.99 pb; 23cm; 978-0-9955075-4-8.

Bogmail: a tale of murder. Patrick McGinley. Apollo; 288pp; £8.99 pb; 20cm; 978-1786696618.

The Confession. Jo Spain. Quercus; 396pp; £12.99 pb; 23cm; 978-1-78648-839-8.

The Cruelty Men. Emer Martin. Lilliput Press; 443pp; €16 pb; 23cm; 978-1-84351-739-9.

Disorder. Gerard Brennan. No Alibis Press; 287pp; £8.99 flapped pb; 19cm; 978-1999882204.

Ever This Day. Helen Moorhouse. Poolbeg Crimson; 368pp; €14.99; 23cm; 9781781998540.

One Good Reason. Susan Stairs. Hachette Books Ireland; 315pp; £13.99 pb; 23cm; 978-1-473-61814-5.

The Spinster Wife. Christina McKenna. Lake Union Publishing; 391pp; €12.59pb; 23cm; 978-1612186993.

There Was a Crooked Man. Cat Hogan. Poolbeg Crimson; 331pp; €14.99 pb; 23cm; 978-1-78199-850-2.

To Keep a Bird Singing. Kevin Doyle. Blackstaff Press; 272pp; €12.99/£8.99 pb; 22cm; 978-1-78073-171-1.

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