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Mairead Owens, City Librarian for Dublin City Libraries, shares her favourite books of 2020 ...

Mairead Owens’ top 10 reads of 2020

Mairead's top 10 reads of 2020

Tatty by Christine Dwyer Hickey

Dublin’s ‘One City One Book’ for 2020. Delighted to re-read this book and recall again the family circumstances of the girl whose voice we listen to in Tatty.

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

A wonderful story about a miscarriage of justice. Loved how Tayari shared her characters with the reader.

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Great page turner and much enjoyed.

Home by Marilynne Robinson

Picked this book up by chance. An enthralling story about a family and the issues that they face.

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Enjoyed hearing of some of the experiences of the first lady.

Normal People by Sally Rooney

Brought me back to student days in Trinity.

Leonard and Hungry Paul by Rónán Hession

Irish debut novel Leonard and Hungry Paul is a lovely, warm-hearted read of all that is special about everyday life. It is witty and brought a smile to my face during a difficult year.

Milkman by Anna Burns

The winner of the International Dublin Literary Award 2020. An extraordinary book.

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

Great holiday read. An aristocrat who is on house arrest in Moscow’s Metropole Hotel.

Strange Flowers by Donal Ryan

Beautifully written compassionate book about home, love, loss and village life.

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