Books Of The Month – December 2016

Two jewels for you to read along with in December – Jess Kidd’s new debut novel “Himself” and, from 1938, the absolute classic that is Daphne DuMaurier’s “Rebecca”.

First is one that really should have been in last month’s pair if I’d gotten my act together and read it when I got it! For someone brought up in London in an Irish family, Jess Kidd’s touch with voice and character is as assured as if she’d lived in the fictional Mayo village she’s writing about. It’s a murder/mystery (but much more than that) with incredible characters. Stylish, genuinely creepy, warm, wryly real, smart and compelling.

For our second book this month, every now and then here I think we have to delve back into an absolute classic. Either because it’s time to revisit or, like me, horror of horrors, you’ve never read Rebecca…

A young woman meets a widower in the south of France, has a whirlwind courtship and agrees to marry him. It’s only when they move home to his mansion in Cornwall that things take a sinister turn…

As usual, our friends at Dubray Books have been kind enough to offer a 10% discount if you buy either online with them – just use the code RICKDEC16.

On that same topic, if you’re a bookstore anywhere in the country and want to offer discounts to book club members for books of the month get in touch –

So, who’s in for either of the above?

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John Boyne In Ennis!


I love this cut together photo – I look smilingly out at you and John looks like he’s harshly disapproving of my haircut…

It’s the first announced author event of 2017, I’ll be interviewing him about his career as one of Ireland’s most successful contemporary writers and about his upcoming The Heart’s Invisible Furies on glór in Ennis on March 4th as part of the Ennis Book Club Festival.

For more details and tickets, check out the Ennis Book Club Festival Website.