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We Asked For Your Book Recommendations - Here They Are

We Asked For Your Book Recommendations - Here They Are

In an unprecedented time during which many will spend hours in front of the TV streaming shows and movies, the option to pick up a book and read should not be disregarded.

On Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, we asked our audience if they could recommend just one book for people to read during the Covid-19 emergency, what would it be?

We've collated their replies below. Hopefully, you'll find something new and worthwhile.


  • My Father and Other Working Class Heroes by Gary Imlach.
  • Hanging From The Rafters by Kieran Shannon
  • Form by Kieran Fallon
  • Open by Andre Agassi
  • The Bloodied Field by Michael Foley
  • I Think Therefore I Play by Andrea Pirlo
  • The Miracle of Castel Di Sangro by Joe McGinnis
  • The Lost Soul of Eamonn McGee  by Paul D Gibson
  • A Strange Kind of Glory by Eamon Dunphy
  • Boy Wonder - Dave Hannigan,
  • I Believe in Miracles - Daniel Taylor
  • The Grudge - Tom English,
  • The Double - Adrian Russell
  • How To Skateboard And Not Kill Yourself by Rodney Mullen.
  • The Undisputed Truth  - Mike Tyson
  • Moneyball by Michael Lewis
  • What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami
  • Forever Young by Oliver Kay
  • Recovering by Richie Sadlier
  • The Boy on the Shed by Paul Ferris
  • 'Over The Bar' by Breandán ó hEithir
  • Back From The Brink by Paul McGrath
  • Rough Ride - Paul Kimmage
  • Days Of Heaven by Declan Lynch
  • Four Kings by George Kimble
  • The Choice by Philly McMahon
  • The Fight by Norman Mailer
  • From Dun Sion to Croke Park - Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh
  • Fighter by Andy Lee
  • The Dirtiest Race in History: Ben Johnson, Carl Lewis and the 1988 Olympic 100m Final by Richard Moore
  • Centaur by Declan Murphy
  • Massively Violent and Decidedly Average by Lee Howey


  • Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall
  • The Forgotten Soldier by Guy Sajer
  • The Grass Arena by John Healy
  • Papillon by Henri Charrière
  • Mr Nice by Howards Marks
  • The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
  • Chickenhawk by Robert Mason
  • An Unsung Hero: Tom Crean - Antarctic Survivor by Michael Smith
  • In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  • Confessions of an Economic Hitman by John Perkins
  • Sapiens by Noah Yuval
  • Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Me by Elton John
  • Red Notice by Bill Browder
  • War Junkie by Jon Steele
  • Spearhead: An American Tank Gunner, His Enemy, and a Collision of Lives in World War by Adam Makos
  • The Collected Letters of John B. Keane
  • The New Science of Strong Materials: Or Why You Don't Fall through the Floor by JE Gordon
  • Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell
  • Homicide: A Year On The Killing Streets by David Simon
  • The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein
  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck by Mark Manson
  • Tony 10 by Declan Lynch
  • Them: Adventures with Extremists by Jon Ronson
  • The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson
  • Things the Grandchildren Should Know by Mark Oliver Everett
  • Directorate S by Steve Coll
  • McCarthy's Bar by Pete Mc Carthy


  • I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
  • The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  • Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
  • 11.22.63 by Stephen King
  • Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
  • Jack Reacher (Series) by Lee Child
  • Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
  • The Cartel. The Force. The Power of the Dog all by Don Winslow
  • The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne
  • Sushi for Beginners by Marian Keyes
  • That They May Face the Rising Sun by John McGahern
  • The Spy Who Came In from the Cold by John le Carré
  • Emerald Square by Lar Redmond
  • The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant by Stephen R. Donaldson
  • The Matthew Shardlake series by C J Sanson
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  • Harry Bosch series by Michael Connelly
  • The Tao of Pooh and The Te of Piglet by Benjamin Hoff
  • Emperor Series by Conn Iggulden
  • Puckoon by Spike Milligan
  • The Eagle Has Landed by Jack Higgins
  • The Hunt For Red October by Tom Clancy
  • On The Road by Jack Kerouac
  • The Stand by Stephen King
  • The Kingkiller Chronicle (Series) by Patrick Rothfuss
  • Charlie Parker (Series) by John Connolly
  • Ross Carroll Kelly (Series) by Paul Howard
  • From a Low and Quiet Sea by Donal Ryan
  • Star of the Sea by Joseph O'Connor
  • The Other People by C.J. Tudor
  • The Poor Mouth by Flann O'Brien

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