Poolbeg Press

Book Cover - Oliver Cromwell: The Most Hated Man in Irish History

Oliver Cromwell: The Most Hated Man in Irish History

This time-slip novel tells the story of Cromwell’s Irish campaign. It is a well-grounded and well-researched book. It gives up-to-date references and online resources that would be very useful to students and teachers. The time-slip elements are imaginatively handled.

Book Cover - Votes for Women! The Irish Women’s Suffrage Movement

Votes for Women! The Irish Women’s Suffrage Movement

Votes for Women! is number 14 in the hugely popular Heroes In a Nutshell series from Poolbeg Press. Published to coincide with the 100-year anniversary of the granting of the parliamentary vote for women in Ireland, four of the women closely associated with the Irish Women’s Suffrage Movement are featured in short accessible biographies.

Book Cover - Dark Wood Dark Water

Dark Wood Dark Water

Callaghan’s début novel delves into the supernatural goings on in the Irish town of Bailey. The story follows three teenagers Josh, Kate and Gabe who each lose a loved one to the water. Forming an unlikely alliance with historian Naylor, they work together to uncover the centuries-old evil in their hometown.

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Leo’s War

Deeply rooted in the genre of historical fiction, Murphy’s newest novel Leo’s War follows a twelve-year-old boy named Leo. This multi-cultural and multi-generational novel revolves around Leo and his disabled sister Ruby as Hitler’s Nazis invade Italy.

Book Cover - James Joyce: Literary Legend

James Joyce: Literary Legend

James Joyce: Literary Legend is the latest instalment of Poolbeg’s In a Nutshell series. The illustrated paperback describes the life and career of one of Ireland’s greatest writers.

Book Cover - Daughter of the Storm

Daughter of the Storm

Set in a small isolated island community Daughter of the Storm is a compelling second novel by Tina Callaghan. The story begins with American teen Lia (16) who has run away from New York seeking answers following the death of her father. Lia travels to Ireland to see her uncle, Harry Crowe, a publican who still lives on the small island her father emigrated from. But this is a novel of duelling narratives told from not just Lia’s perspective, but also the other inhabitants of the island.

Book Cover - The Girl Who Ate the Stars

The Girl Who Ate the Stars

1940. In order to escape the bombs falling over Manchester as World War II rages, Lottie and Albert Hope are sent from their home to a small Irish village called Kilbree. While walking in the woods one day, they meet a young boy named Blaise and find themselves drawn into a mysterious otherworld populated by werewolves.

Book Cover - The Boole Sisters

The Boole Sisters

The story of the Boole sisters is told creatively from start to finish in this instalment of the In a Nutshell series. A delight for young readers, the lives of the four daughters of the famous George Boole are brought vividly to life.

Book Cover - The Irish Civil War 1922-1923: Ava’s Diary

The Irish Civil War 1922-1923: Ava’s Diary

The Irish Civil War was an extremely violent period of Irish History, one full of bloodshed, carnage and fighting between sisters and brothers. Ava is experiencing a time of turmoil in her own life nowadays, and this is recorded through her diary. One day she and her mysterious friend Mal discover a treasure trove of old diary entries from a girl named Molly in the attic of their flats. Together they go on a journey that takes them beyond Ireland, and sees them mature alongside the characters they are discovering from 1922.

Book Cover - Tom Crean: Hero of the South Pole

Tom Crean: Hero of the South Pole

From the outset, Crean is presented as somewhat of a rebel, running away from home at age fifteen. His bravery is a defining characteristic which is seen again and again through his determined acts of valour. His story is told simply in this short non-fiction adventure book. The text is factual, educational and not overly complex. While it can be enjoyed by all readers, it could be utilised effectively to engage a reluctant reader. Simple use of language, short sentences and
straightforward writing make this book accessible.