St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day

Date posted: March 17, 2014

To commemorate St. Patrick’s Day, today we’re highlighting short novels from bestselling Irish authors. All these titles are available in the Decoda Library.

An Accident Waiting to Happen by Vincent Banville (2002)
Private detective John Blaine is back treading Dublin’s mean streets. With his marriage now on track, and little baby Emily to keep his attentions closer to home, it could be said that things are going better than ever for the private eye. That is, until he gets a call from Bertie Boyer, owner of The Purple Pussy nightclub. Fry reading level: 5

The Builders by Maeve Binchy (2002)
Nan Ryan lives by herself at Number 14 Chestnut Road. When it’s heard that the builders are coming to work on the deserted house next door, everyone has an opinion… Fry reading level: 5.5

Full House by Maeve Binchy (2012)
Dee loves her children very much, but now they are all grown up, shouldn’t they leave home? Rosie moved out when she got married, but it didn’t work out, so now she is back with her parents. Helen is a teacher, and doesn’t earn enough for a place of her own. Anthony writes songs, and is just waiting for the day when someone will pay him for them. It doesn’t cost them anything, and surely their parents like having a full house? When a crisis occurs, Dee decides things have to change for the whole family … whether they like it or not. Fry reading level: 3.

Mad Weekend by Roddy Doyle (2006)
A story of male friendship, sometimes gone astray. Dave, Pat and Ben have been best friends since they were kids. They do everything together, and they all love their dear Liverpool football club. On a trip to see their favorite team in action, they have a few too many drinks before the match. Dave and Pat get busy chatting up two local girls. Suddenly it’s time to leave for the game. But where is Ben? Fry reading level: 2,3.

Not just for Christmas by Roddy Doyle (1999)
Danny Murphy gets a call from his brother, Jimmy, who he hasn’t seen in more than 20 years. The story leads up to their reunion. (This is not a book about Christmas.) Fry reading level: 5.3

The Quiz Master by Michael Scott (2004)
Spider is an easy-going pub-quiz expert. Life has been tough for him, but it’s about to get much worse. When his girlfriend, Gillian, announces that she’s pregnant, he knows he wants to marry her. In a bid to win a million euros, and the freedom to marry Gillian, Spider enters a TV quiz show. Fry reading level: 4,5

Second Chance by Patricia Scanlan (2000)
A cast of characters have a day none of them will ever forget. But for two of them, it’s the day they get a second chance.

Star Sullivan by Maeve Binchy (2006)
Star Sullivan wants everyone to be happy – her father to stop gambling, her mother not to work so hard, her brother to stay out of trouble, her sister to stop worrying about every little thing she eats. Then Laddy moves in next door, and everything begins to change.

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