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First Flush is the number one resource for new Irish book releases. See which books will be on the shelves each month—search by genre, keyword, author or title—or just browse through the archives.

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Total State: Totalitarianism and How We Can Resist It

Authoritarian nationalism is on the rise in Europe and elsewhere. Freedom is endangered in Eastern Europe. In the Middle East, militant Islam threatens peace, stability and liberty. The US has recently faced an existential crisis, with the rise of populism and the unprecedented polarisation of left and right. Brexit has endangered the integrity of the EU, which has hitherto operated as a defender of peace and freedom. At the same time, threats have arisen in the West to the traditional value of free speech. Drawing widely on relevant literature, including political theory from Plato to Hannah Arendt, this book highlights the above and related issues. In practical terms it suggests some ways in which the tendency to undermine freedom might be countered, through a political re-assertion of the value of liberty.
Dr. Paul O'Brien
Published: February / 
2023
Eastwood Books
9781913934217
288  Pages
€16.99
£14.99
Paperback
Ireland
Social and Cultural History

They All Lied

An edge-of-your-seat thriller from the award-winning, bestselling psychological crime writer.
Louise Phillips
Published: February / 
2023
Hachette Books Ireland
9781529304572
448  Pages
£8.99
Paperback
Ireland
Crime & mystery

The Life and Times of Mary Ann McCracken, 1770-1866: A Belfast Panorama

Mary Ann McCracken was an abolitionist, a social reformer and an activist who fought for the rights of women and championed Belfast’s poor throughout a long life that encompassed the most turbulent years of Irish history. Her legacy, however, is overshadowed by that of her brother, the executed United Irishman Henry Joy McCracken, despite outliving him by sixty-eight years. Through the Poor House Ladies Committee, she helped to educate children, allowing them to secure apprenticeships that would provide them with livelihoods. She was President of the Ladies Industrial School, and she campaigned to abolish the use of climbing boys in chimney sweeping. Mary Ann was deeply involved in early women’s suffrage campaigns and prison reform schemes, and she was a life-long abolitionist. In her late eighties, McCracken could still be found on the docks, handing out anti-slavery leaflets to emigrants embarking for the United States. The motto of this remarkable woman, which accurately sums up her character, was it is ‘better to wear out than to rust out’. But Mary Ann McCracken’s radical, humanitarian zeal and generous strength of character were indefatigable, and her contribution to Belfast life is still felt and celebrated today. Both Mary Ann McCracken and her biographer, Mary McNeill, were tireless activists for children and the disadvantaged throughout their respective lives.
Mary McNeill
Published: February / 
2023
Merrion Press
9781785374586
340  Pages
€ 14.99
£12.99
Paperback
Ireland
Biography: historical, political & military

The Houseshare

Number 24 Ulysses Crescent is an elegant three storey mansion overlooking the beautiful Dublin Bay. Converted into luxurious seaview apartments, it's now home to a close-knit group of tenants ...There's former style icon Evelyn, who lives life as vibrantly as ever, not knowing her past is about to catch up with her; enigmatic sculptor Mike, who uses his art as a way to wrestle with his ghosts; cafe-owner Nessa whose gift for reading the Tarot hasn't yet shown her if she'll find love; and Bruce and Stella, recently separated and now co-parenting their toddler from separate flats. Then there's Morah, the caretaker, who keeps a watchful eye on everyone - especially, for reasons only known to herself, the irrepressible Evelyn. When Evelyn's granddaughter Truth, a high-flying London lawyer, arrives for the summer desperate to escape an online hate campaign, the residents of Number 24 are about to discover that the past is never truly over, especially when it comes to matters of the heart. The Houseshare is a spell-binding summer tale of romance, friendship and how some secrets can never stay hidden.
Fiona O'Brien
Published: February / 
2023
Hachette Books Ireland
9781529354614
352  Pages
£8.99
Paperback
Ireland
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

Perpetual Comedown

As a doctoral student at Trinity College Dublin, Darren Walton is trying to decode an elaborate conspiracy he stumbled across as an undergraduate. To do so he must locate an alternate Ireland named Camland, the existence of which is proven when he discovers a literary journal whose contents mirror his own past. With proof of his wild theories, Darren is sure academic fame is imminent. But for this he is willing to sacrifice not just his sanity and physical safety, but also his relationships with the ones who love him most. In breathless prose, Declan Toohey weaves a contemporary yarn of academic intrigue and youthful irreverence, sexual fluidity and neurodiversity. Experimental, trippy, hilarious, compassionate, Perpetual Comedown is a riotous reckoning in the construction of the self.
Declan Toohey
Published: February / 
2023
New Island Books
9781848408487
256  Pages
€ 15.95
£13.99
Paperback
Ireland
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

No Middle Path: The Civil War in Kerry

The violence and divisions caused by the Irish Civil War of 1922–23 were more vicious, bitter and protracted in County Kerry than anywhere else in Ireland. For generations, the fratricide, murder and executions that occurred there have been synonymous with the worst excesses of the brutality which followed the split over the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921. In this compelling new history of the conflict in his native county, Owen O’Shea offers fresh insights into atrocities such as the landmine executions at Ballyseedy and Knocknagoshel, and their cover-ups, and also the misery and mayhem of the conflict for the wider population. The immense trauma and hardship faced by combatants and their families, as well as the legacy of ill health and psychological scars left on survivors are explored for the first time. Also presented is a catalogue of the intimidation, destruction and lawlessness which severely affected civilians who had no involvement in the war but suffered greatly, sometimes losing their lives.
Owen O'Shea
Published: February / 
2023
Merrion Press
9781785374531
272  Pages
€ 16.99
£14.99
Paperback
Ireland
European history

Joyrider: How gratitude can help you get the life you really want

Gratitude is your soul's superfood, but cheaper than goji berries, and twice as good for you. I like to think of it as mindfulness for cynics or the "gateway drug" to spirituality. It's a very tangible thing you can do everyday that will shift your focus to what you have rather than pining and obsessing over what you don't have. Away from a state of lack into limitless abundance...' So what happens when we stop taking things for granted and start putting some gra* into our gratitude? When we consciously turn our heads and hearts to what we have and focus on the good? In Joy Rider, television presenter and host of the podcast Thanks A Million, Angela Scanlon, presents her guide to tapping into your own natural super resource - joy. This book is an invitation to embrace the kind of gratitude that cuts through the bulls**t of life to its truth, connecting us with the present and grounding us in self. When there is so much to feel anxious about, Angela shares with readers how focusing our attention on the small, incremental positives in life can completely change it for the better.
Angela Scanlon
Published: February / 
2023
Vermilion
9781785043918
304  Pages
£11.99
Paperback
United Kingdom
Autobiography: arts & entertainment

Irish Myths and Legends Vol 2: Cuchulain and the Red Branch of Ulster

Lady Augusta Gregory’s collection and translation of Irish folk legends brings, as Yeats observed, ‘Ireland’s gift of imagination to the world’. Following on from the bestselling Irish Myths and Legends: Gods and Fighting Men, this second volume, originally titled Cuchulain of Muirthemne, tells of the brave exploits of Ireland’s answer to Achilles, the fearless Cuchulain and the Red Branch of Ulster, as well as the overpowering love of his wife Emer. Forming part of the bedrock of Gaelic legend, and translated faithfully from the idiom of Irish oral storytellers, this new volume is essential reading for anyone with an interest in Gaelic culture.
Lady Augusta Gregory
Published: February / 
2023
New Island Books
9781848408876
340  Pages
€ 22.95
£19.99
Hardback
Ireland
Myth & legend told as fiction

Every Gift a Curse

A spellbinding supernatural teen drama and final book in the Gifts series from a New York Times bestselling author. With the return of the Housekeeper on the cards, Maeve must find out everything she can about the vengeful tarot spirit in order to finally defeat her. Crossing over into a parallel dimension inside the old school building, she explores the history of the Housekeeper – and spends too long in a world and a mind not her own. With the Children of Brigid closing in once more, and Maeve's friend group now fractured across Ireland, can they hope to ultimately save the town – and Maeve – from the grip of a power greater than they ever imagined?
Caroline O'Donoghue; Stefanie Caponi
Published: February / 
2023
Walker Books Ltd
9781529507973
416  Pages
£8.99
Paperback
United Kingdom
Fantasy & magical realism (Children's / Teenage)

Best of Dublin: A Guide to City & County

This concise guide, beautifully illustrated with photos and maps, features cultural gems, elegant Georgian architecture and tourist favourites. Everything from Trinity College to Croke Park, the Custom House to Mountjoy Square, the Guinness Storehouse and Temple Bar, as well as highlights from further afield.
John Gibney
Published: February / 
2023
O'Brien Press Ltd
9781788491648
80  Pages
€ 9.99
£8.99
Paperback
Ireland
Travel & holiday guides
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