Wherever you live, you are welcome to the launch of the ‘Pandemic Bookclub’. A partnership between The Ennis Bookshop and Ennis Chamber of Commerce.
Founded during the lockdown days of COVID-19 to help keep us sane, we are determined to keep this bookclub going into the future, to a time when those who partake can actually meet and chat books in the ‘real’ world of the Ennis Bookshop….after hours for the adults and daytime for the children(!)
Here’s the plan. We will upload a reading list every other week, covering a children’s book, teenage book, a work of fiction and a work of non-fiction. Check our social media platforms for details: @EnnisChamber (Twitter & Facebook), ennischamber1 (Instagram)
All books featured on this inaugural list are priced below and available to order from firstname.lastname@example.org
The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri
Published by Bonnier
This compassionate and moving novel is beautifully written. It tells of Nuri, a beekeeper and his wife, Afra, an artist. They live happily in the beautiful Syrian city of Aleppo – until the unthinkable happens and they are forced to flee. But what Afra has seen is so terrible she has gone blind and so they must embark on a perilous journey through Turkey and Greece towards an uncertain future in Britain.
Mother Tongue by Patricia Forde
Published by Little Island
After Global Warming came ‘The Melting’, then came Ark. The new dictator of Ark wants to silence speech for ever. But Letta is the wordsmith, tasked with keeping words alive. Out in the woods, she and the rebels secretly teach children language, music and art. Now there are rumours that babies are going missing. When Letta makes a horrifying discovery, she has to find a way to save the children of Ark – even if it is at the cost of her own life.
The Taylor Turbochaser by David Baddiel
Published by Harper Collins
Amy Taylor loves cars. Here are her favourites:
1. The Aston Martin DB5
2. The Mercedes 300 SL Gullwing
3. The Jaguar E-Type
4. The Ford Transit Van (?)
Well, a Ford Transit van. Which might sound strange. You’ll have to read this book to find out why.
The Taylor Turbochaser is a road-trip rollercoaster… with a twist. At its heart is the unforgettable Amy Taylor, who loves cars, and dreams of being a driver. But there’s a major catch: her slow old wheelchair with its broken wheel. Amy finally gets a new electric one, but standard engines only have so much power. That’s where Rahul comes in – Amy’s best friend and genius inventor. Soon Rahul turns a wheelchair into… a supercar! And so, the Taylor Turbochaser is born.
Stories from the Deep, by Ken O’Sullivan
Published by Gill Books
Spun from the author’s first-hand experience as an underwater cameraman and filmmaker, from memory, natural history and the culture of Ireland’s coastal communities, Stories from the Deep is a profound and lyrical exploration of Ireland’s ocean waters through narrative and poetry, by Clare man Ken O’Sullivan.
From encounters with its rarest and most striking fauna, like the blue whale and basking shark, to the broader considerations of its impact on language, on history, and our shared sense of place, this genre-defying work is an eloquent and urgent tribute to the enduring beauty of our natural heritage.