The Books Of The Year

Vanessa O'Loughlin, founder of and Mary Burnham of Dubray Books run down the must-reads of 2016

As we approach the end of 2016, it's a good time to look back at the best books of the past year.

Vanessa O'Loughlin, founder of and Mary Burnham of Dubray Books joined Ciara Kelly on High Noon today to run through them.


Vanessa's Choices:

As We Shall Know - Donal Ryan

Dublin Since 1922 – Tim Carey

The Girl from the Savoy - Hazel Gaynor

The Constant Soldier - William Ryan

The Drowning Child Alex Barclay

Distress Signals - Catherine Ryan Howard

The Sandwich Years - Alana Kirk

Pain Free Life - Andrea Hayes

My Life Goals Journal – Andrea Hayes

Knights of the Borrowed Dark - Dave Rudden Winner

Needlework - Deirdre Sullivan

The Book of Shadows - ER Murray

Kerrie O’Brien Poetry – Illuminate


Mary's Choices:

Best non-fiction

  • Hillbilly Elegy by J.D Vance
  • I Read the News today, Oh Boy by Paul Howard


Best Bio

  • When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi


Best Fiction

  • The New Mrs Clifton by Elizabeth Bun
  • The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain
  • Nutshell by Ian McEwan
  • My Name is Leon by Kit de Waal
  • The Underground Railway by Coulson Whitehead (Obama’s summer reading list)


Most irritating books

  • HYGGE: Hygge (pronounced hue-gah) is a Danish word that is a feeling or mood that comes with taking genuine pleasure in making ordinary, every day moments more meaningful, beautiful or special - can I be sick now?
  • Enid Blyton books for adults by Bruno Vincent
  • Five on Brexit Island
  • Five Give up the Booze
  • Five go Gluten Free
  • Five go on a Strategy Away Day