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Elizabeth is Missing
Elizabeth is Missing
by Emma Healey
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.85

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent novel about family and growing old, 31 May 2015
This review is from: Elizabeth is Missing (Paperback)
This is an excellent first novel from Emma Healey. It's about growing old, family and memory. The book is written from the point of view of an elderly lady, who, it becomes clear from a number of tragi-comic incidents, is suffering from memory loss.
However she is sure of one thing. Her friend Elizabeth is no longer at her house and she is determined to find her.
From this starting point Healey gradually combines this seemingly mistaken belief with a separate long forgotten mystery. The tone of the novel is generally sad as we see how an intelligent woman's mind has deteriorated. However there is also joy in seeing the love and care given to her by her daughter.


Just Follow the Floodlights!: The Complete Guide to League of Ireland Football
Just Follow the Floodlights!: The Complete Guide to League of Ireland Football
by Brian Kennedy
Edition: Paperback
Price: £18.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive history of the league of Ireland -club by club, 31 May 2015
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As a long time fan of Cork City it's always good to see a book being published about the League of Ireland. It's even better to read it and find that it's quite good. This is definitely a labour of love from the author, a Waterford United fan. Over the course of a season he travelled to matches in all the LOI grounds. He uses this as a starting point for a chapter on each club, giving a comprehensive history of each of them as well as ground details. There is some great detail in each chapter. He has obviously read an enormous amount about the league and talked to people with a lot of knowledge of each club.
There are also some great photographs reminding us of the great players who have played in the league.There is a separate chapter on the (many) clubs who are no longer in the league.
It is typical of the sometimes chaotic history of the league that even since this book was published in 2011, Salthill, Mervue and Monaghan have left the league, Galway Utd have left and returned and Cabinteely have joined.
One small complaint is that the book could do with a list of the trophy winners for each season. Maybe that will be in the second addition!


Death of a Football Club?: The Story of Cork City FC: Season 2008
Death of a Football Club?: The Story of Cork City FC: Season 2008
by Horgan L Neal
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent behind the scenes look at a League of Ireland club in financial difficulty, 15 Mar. 2015
The history of the League of Ireland is full of financial difficulties and clubs folding. This is even more prevalent in the history of clubs based in Cork. This well written book is a welcome insight into what actually happens inside a club when it gets into serious financial difficulty.
Neal Horgan has been a long serving full back in successful Cork City teams through the 00's, winning leagues and Cups. The future of the club looked bright when it was taken over by a wealthy investment group. However when the group withdrew their backing midway through the 2008 season the lives of all involved in the club were thrown into turmoil.
Based mostly on a diary kept by Horgan the book details the day to day worries of the playing staff. Are they going to some or any of their wages? The players speculate on their futures, while trying to perform on the pitch. Manager Alan Mathews emerges as a good guy, acting as intermediary between the players and the owners and then the court appointed examiner. Mostly he seems to be delivering bad news to all concerned, not least himself as he had left a job in the bank to become a full time manager.
At the end of the season some stability is on the horizon in the form of a new owner but as anyone familiar with the recent history of the club will know the 2009 season held even more turmoil. There is certainly another book waiting to be written on those events!!
Horgan is honest about his own feelings caused by the uncertainty.
A must read for any Cork City or League of Ireland fan.


The Dynamics of War and Revolution: Cork City, 1916-1918
The Dynamics of War and Revolution: Cork City, 1916-1918
by John Borgonovo
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £35.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Detailed study of Cork City as a microcosm of Ireland during the initial period of the revolutionary years, 7 Mar. 2015
I've always been interested as to how the political situation changed so dramatically in the Southern 26 counties of Ireland between the Westminster elections of 1914 and 1918. In 1914 the Irish Parliamentary Party MP's were in a huge majority. In 1918 the absentionist Sinn Fein had a similar majority.
In this book the author uses the microcosm of Cork City to examine this change. The book is obviously the result of enormous research. The bibliography runs to 15 pages and the notes and references run to over 50. Each chapter looks at aspects of public and political life in the city, such as the influence of the labour movement, women's organisations, the effect of the aftermath of the 1916 Rising and the conscription crisis of 1918. He succeeds in explaining how the city changed from general support of the British war effort in 1914 to radical nationalism by 1918.
A great addition to the books on this fascinating period of Irish history.


The Home Rule Crisis: 1912-14 (Cork Studies in the Irish Revolution)
The Home Rule Crisis: 1912-14 (Cork Studies in the Irish Revolution)
by Gabriel Doherty
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent summary of the Home Rule issue, 7 Mar. 2015
Ireland is having a decade of centenary commemorations of historical events that occurred between 1913-1923. One of the events of that period that little is known about today is the Home Rule crisis. This book is made up of contributions to a conference on Home Rule in University College Cork in 2014. They cover a wide range of topics such as the anti Home Rule movement in Ulster, the legacy of previous Home Rule bills that failed in the 19th century and the attitude taken by the Irish Catholic church to the Bill. The articles are mostly written by historians but are well written and explain the intricacies of the events.
I learned a lot of things, such as that Ulster was "temporarily" exempted from the terms of the Bill as part of the reaction to the strong Unionist opposition. The Irish Party was forced to accept this albeit under protest. Of course this partition was repeated in the "end game" of the Irish issue in the 1920's.
I'd highly recommend this book for anyone wanting to learn about this interesting area of Irish history.


The Ecstasy and the Agony
The Ecstasy and the Agony
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars I was left with the impression that while the Waterford team were able to produce one- off great performances they weren't consi, 20 Jan. 2015
This is an interesting and thorough book about the highly successful Waterford team of the 90's and 00's. They ended the counties long wait for a Munster title but couldn't manage to end the even longer wait for an All-Ireland title. Tiernan's role as RTE's south east correspondent has given him access to all the characters of the era, both players and management.
The book describes the problems that hurling in the county had experienced before the appointment of Justin McCarthy. Results improved under McCarthy and preparation become much more serious. Munster titles were finally won. But after a successful few years the coach was seen by the players as having his favourites and a players revolt resulted in Davy Fitzgerald taking over as coach. The team qualified for an All -Ireland final under the new coach but that didn't end well. I was left with the impression that while the Waterford team were able to produce one- off great performances they weren't consistent enough and the squad wasn't strong enough to go all the way.
The strongest point of this book is the honesty of the people interviewed for it. In fairness to Tiernan he reports both sides of the issues raised in the book but lets the reader make their own mind up.


Inside Team Sky: The Inside Story of Team Sky and their Challenge for the 2013 Tour de France
Inside Team Sky: The Inside Story of Team Sky and their Challenge for the 2013 Tour de France
by David Walsh
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite independent look at how a top class pro cycling team operates, 26 Dec. 2014
The premise of this book never quite sat right with me. David Walsh, sports writer with the Murdoch owned Sunday Times, writing an "inside story" of a season of the Team Sky cycling team, whose main sponsor is also part of the Murdoch empire.
Walsh's reputation as a fearless investigative reporter who never gave up on revealing the truth about Lance Armstrong is such that he probably thought that this obvious conflict of interest would be glossed over.
However it was always in the back of my mind as I read the book. I have no doubt that Walsh approached his task with complete professionalism but each time he voices his obvious admiration for the Team Sky methodology I wondered if this could be taken at face value. After all if Team Sky were so anxious to have an independent pair of eyes have access to all areas of their operation for a year why not choose someone like Paul Kimmage, equally respected as an anti-doping campaigner but who longer is part of the Murdoch empire?
We see Sky's reaction to questions over the veracity of some of Chris Froome's brilliant performances in the Tour de France. Having said Team Sky will not accept any whiff of doping in the team they seem taken aback that journalists would question whether Froome is for real.
Despite what I've said above the book is a fascinating account of how a top class cycling team operates. Walsh gets great insights into all the people in the team, both cyclists and back-room team members.


Penguins of Madagascar [DVD]
Penguins of Madagascar [DVD]
Dvd ~ Simon J. Smith
Price: £5.00

11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly entertaining movie that will be enjoyed by both kids and adults, 26 Dec. 2014
This review is from: Penguins of Madagascar [DVD] (DVD)
The four wise cracking penguins had funny cameos in all three of the "Madagascar" movies and they have now been given a movie of their own. And the opportunity isn't wasted as this is a very funny movie that will be enjoyed be kids and adults alike.

The movie starts by showing how the team came together, then quickly moves to the "present time" as they meet their nemesis, an evil octopus bent on destroying the cute and cuddly image of penguins!

The action is non-stop and the one liners are more hit than miss.


Road to Valor: A True Story of WWII Italy, the Nazis, and the Cyclist Who Inspired a Nation
Road to Valor: A True Story of WWII Italy, the Nazis, and the Cyclist Who Inspired a Nation
by Aili McConnon
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.75

4.0 out of 5 stars A heroic tale worthy of a Hollywood blockbuster!, 26 Dec. 2014
This is a fascinating book about one of the all time legends of Italian cycling. Bartali still hods the record for the longest gap between Tour De France wins. The main reason for this gap was World War Two and Bartali's actions during the war that raise his story to more than just a standard sporting biography.
Bartali took major risks to be part of a network run by the Italian Catholic church that gave shelter to Italian Jews fleeing the Nazis and the Italian fascist government.
The authors have done some amazing research and the book goes into great detail about Bartali's poor childhood in Tuscany, the death of his young brother and his development into a great cyclist as well as his wartime heroics.
One small quibble is that descriptions of his pre war races give very few names of the rivals he was competing against but that doesn't take away from the high quality of this book.


Chef [DVD]
Chef [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jon Favreau
Price: £5.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice story- Great food - Great music, 5 Aug. 2014
This review is from: Chef [DVD] (DVD)
"Chef" is a slight but enjoyable comedy written and directed by (and starring) Jon Favreau. He plays Carl Casper, who is head chef in a restaurant in LA. He lives and breathes food and cooking but he follows the advice of the owner and plays it safe with the menu when a prominent critic visits the restaurant. He receives a very critical review and responds via Twitter. This in turn leads to a public shouting match with the critic going viral on social media.Feeling humiliated and frustrated he quits his job.

To cheer him up his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara) invites him on a trip with their son to Miami, the city where he fell in love with food. She also arranges a meeting that sets Chris back on the road to doing what he loves best, cooking. The movie becomes a road trip as Chris, his son and a friend decide to travel back to LA using an unusual vehicle. On the way father and son bond and Chris gets a lesson on how social media can help his new career as much as it destroyed his old one.

The movie is shamelessly sentimental at times but you forgive it this as the cast seem to be enjoying themselves so much and the food looks so great! The soundtrack also contains some great tunes that are guaranteed to get your feet tapping while your mouth waters at the sight of such beautiful food.
There are some great cameo performances from Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman and Robert Downey Junior.


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