Newletter #43: January 2019

A new series of ClubLeabhar.com has begun


The ClubLeabhar.com project is run by Gaelchultúr and funding is provided by Clár na Leabhar Gaeilge (Foras na Gaeilge). Since ClubLeabhar.com was established in late 2009 its aim has been to encourage people, both in Ireland and around the world, to read Irish language books. Individuals can become members of this online book club but we also want to encourage the members to get together in various locations, both in Ireland and elsewhere, to discuss the books featured on the site.


Each month, club members have access to English translations of the most difficult words and phrases contained in that month’s book and they have an opportunity to express their opinions of the work on the site’s forum. On top of that, a review podcast is made available each month, containing a lively, entertaining discussion of the Book of the Month, and sample questions are published on the forum to encourage discussion.


If you are not already a member of ClubLeabhar.com, you can become one straight away by click on this link. Membership is free and it only takes a moment to join. You will then have access to the glossaries, podcasts and extracts from all of the books that have been chosen so far.


This year once again, www.siopa.ie is offering a special 10% discount to readers wishing to buy all six books chosen by ClubLeabhar.com for the January - June period. Click here to avail of this offer.



The January-June 2019 ClubLeabhar.com series



January:


Cinnlínte: Saol an Iriseora by Deaglán de Bréadún

Deaglán de Bréadún presents us with the highlights of his career as a journalist, working with The Irish Times, The Irish Sun and other publications. Some of the personalities he met on his travels over the course of his career included Yasser Arafat, Boris Yeltsin, Mikhail Gorbachev, Charles J. Haughey, Ian Paisley and Brian Cowen. Deaglán speaks candidly and frankly about the challenges he faced and his achievements as a journalist, most of which occurred in times of war and conflict both at home and abroad.


February:


Fuascailt an Iriseora by Michelle Nic Pháidín

Bríd, from 2016's An tIrseoir, is back in Dublin, soldiering through the challenging aspects that come with the role of being a journalist. However, there is conflict brewing in the newsroom. When Bríd stumbles upon what might just be the story of the year, it becomes clear that the role of the journalist and the big, bad world out there are about to collide ...


March


Eachtraí Tintin: Portán na nOrdóg Órga by Hergé

Tintin and his canine counterpart, Báinín follow a trail of unusual clues that lead them to a drug cartel. Tintin finds himself held captive on a ship, the Karaboudjan, and Captain Mac Cadóige is out cold, leaving the crew in charge! With the scorching Sahara on one side, and the watery depths of the Mediterranean on the other, both Tintin and Báinín find themselves in mortal danger!


April


Titeann Rudaí as a Chéile, translated by Irene Duffy Lynch

Okonkwo is a renowned warrior and the most powerful and highly-regarded man in his tribe. His stubbornness and his inability to control his temper come at a cost, endangering his people with the arrival of white men as their presence threatens the traditions of his tribe.


This story, which is considered a twentieth-century classic, has been translated into over fifty languages and has sold over ten million copies to date. It gives readers a compassionate insight into the human condition.


May:


Gáire in Éag by Seán Ó Muireagáin

This is a collection of riveting stories that take place during the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Slip into the world and stories of a spy, of a tormented former soldier and of a murderer, written in the most frank of literary styles that take us back to 1970s Belfast, giving the reader a humane insight in the intricacies of the conflict.


June:


Dialann Emily Porter: An Jailtacht by Richie Conroy

History is written by heroines who took bold stands against their oppressors in the name of justice. From Joan of Arc to Emmeline Pankhurst, from Rosa Parks to me, Emily Porter. This is the story of how, in the summer of 1994, I stood up against my Oppressors (my parents) and how I came out the other side a changed person. It's a tale of a lost teenager, of lost innocence, and a lost pair of white Pepe jeans (I'm not too worried about the innocence but I really miss those jeans).



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