As always cookery books top the bestseller lists and this year Neven Maguire, Rachel Allen, Donal Skehan have new books available for Christmas. Susan Jane White’s The Virtuous Tart won the Irish Cookbook of the Year Award 2015 and would be a welcome gift for anyone trying to be healthier in 2016.
Sports fans are well catered for in the bookshops. New releases include Until Victory Always – a memoir by Donegal football manager Jim McGuinness; an autobiography by Henry Sheflin - one of the greatest hurlers of all time and rugby legend Peter Stringer’s autobiography entitled Pulling My Strings.
With the upcoming 1916 centenary, history buffs can find plenty of new releases on the subject. Easter Dawn: The 1916 Rising by Turtle Bunbury and The Easter Rebellion 1916 by Conor McNamara are particularly attractive, well- illustrated books that provide a overview of The Rising.
Those looking for some inspiration and positivity at this time of the year should treat themselves to Counting My Blessings: Francis Brennan's Guide to Happiness or Mary Kennedy’s What Matters.
For those interested in reading fiction there are books to suit all tastes.
The Little Red Chairs by Edna O’Brien was published in October, 10 years after her last novel.
Thirteen Ways of Looking by Colm McCann and A Slanting of the Sun by Donal Ryan are short story collections by two of Ireland’s most renowned authors.
To get you in the Christmas mood there’s Limerick author Roisin Meaney’s I’ll be Home for Christmas or Patricia Scanlan’s A Gift for You – a collection of seasonal short stories.