The Rick O’Shea Book Club

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Every month over on my FB Book Club I pick books of the month for everyone to read but that’s just a tiny fraction of the chat that goes on!

At the moment that’s over 22,000 of us, making us Ireland’s biggest online book club. We do regular author interview events all across the country too.

You can find out what we’re reading this month by joining The Rick O’Shea Book Club on Facebook.

The club now has a website at




Our monthly picks so far since we started have been:

Aug 2014:          Liz Nugent – Unravelling Oliver

Sept 2014:         Martin Amis – The Zone of Interest and Emily St. John Mandel – Station Eleven

Oct 2014:           David Nicholls – Us

Nov 2014:          Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner – Freakonomics and Margaret Atwood – Oryx & Crake

Dec 2014:           Donal Ryan – The Thing About December

Jan 2015:            Various – Dubliners 100

Feb 2015:           John Wyndham – The Day of the Triffids and Hugh Howey – Wool

Mar 2015:          David Sedaris – Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls and Takashi Hiraide – The Guest Cat

April 2015:         Marcus Sedgwick – The Ghosts of Heaven, Sally Green – Half Bad, David Almond – A Song for Ella Grey and Louise O’Neill – Only Ever Yours

May 2015:          Terry Hayes – I Am Pilgrim and Lisa McInerney – The Glorious Heresies

June 2015:          Sara Baume – Spill, Simmer, Falter, Wither and Claire North – The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

July 2015:          Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – Americanah and Jim Crace – Harvest

August 2015:    Mark Haddon – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and Paul Murray – The Mark and the Void

Sept 2015:         Oliver Sacks – The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat and Hannah Kent – Burial Rites

Oct 2015:           M.R. James – Ghost Stories and Chuck Palahniuk – Haunted

Nov 2015:          Sarah Crossan – One and Hanya Yanagihara – A Little Life

Dec 2015:           Donal Ryan – A Slanting Of The Sun and Jenny Offill – The Department Of Speculation

Jan 2016:           Michel Faber – The Book Of Strange New Things, Laline Paul – The Bees, Jessie Burton – The Miniaturist and Anthony Doerr – All The Light We Cannot See.

Feb 2016:           Yuval Noah Harari – Sapiens

March 2016:      Richard Beard – Acts Of The Assassins

April 2016:         Lia Mills – Fallen and Joanna Walsh – Vertigo

May 2016:        Richard Dawkins – The God Delusion and Becky Chambers – The Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet

June 2016:       Conor O’Callaghan – Nothing On Earth and Michael Chabon – The Amazing Adventures Of Kavalier And Clay.

July 2016:        Liz Nugent – Lying In Wait and Kent Haruf – Our Souls At Night

August 2016:    Mike McCormack – Solar Bones and Naomi Klein – This Changes Everything

September 2016:    Lionel Shriver – The Mandibles and M.R. Carey – The Girl With All The Gifts

October 2016:     Donal Ryan – All We Shall Know and Margaret Atwood – Hag-Seed

November 2016:    Anakana Schofield – Martin John and Becky Chambers – A Closed And Common Orbit

December 2016:     Daphne DuMaurier – Rebecca and Jess Hill – Himself

January 2017:      Cecelia Ahern – Lyrebird and Kevin Barry – Beatlebone

February 2017:      Michael Chabon – Moonglow and Sarah Pinborough – Behind Her Eyes

March 2017:     John Boyne – The Heart’s Invisible Furies and Sara Baume – A Line Made By Walking

April 2017:      Samer – The Raqqa Diaries: Escape From Islamic State and Ciaran McMenamin – Skintown

May 2017:      Lisa McInerney – The Blood Miracles and Ray Bradbury – Fahrenheit 451

June 2017:      Sally Rooney – Conversations With Friend and Edouard Louis – The End Of Eddy

July 2017:         Mark O’Connell – To Be A Machine and Sinead Crowley – One Bad Turn

August 2017:      Sarah Winman – Tin Man and June Caldwell – Room Little Darker

September 2017:    Gabriel Tallent – My Absolute Darling and Elan Mastai – All Our Wrong Todays

October 2017:   Bram Stoker – Dracula and Roddy Doyle – Smile

November 2017

Shaun Bythell – The Diary Of A Bookseller, Cat Hogan – There Was A Crooked Man, Barry McKinley – A Ton Of Malice, Andy Weir – The Martian

December 2017

Lisa Harding – Harvesting, Sarah Crossan – Moonrise, Salman Rushdie – The Golden House, George Saunders – Lincoln In The Bardo

January 2018

Matt Haig – How To Stop Time, Min Jin Lee – Pachinko, Karl Geary – Montpelier Parade, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn – One Day In The Life Of Ivan Denisovich

February 2018

Catherine Gray – The Unexpected Joy Of Being Sober, Jess Kidd – The Hoarder, John Connolly – he, Caimh McDonnell – Angels In The Moonlight

March 2018

Louise O’Neill – Almost Love, Jon McGregor – Reservoir 13, Fumio Sasaki – Goodbye, Things, Aidan Comerford Cornflakes For Dinner

April 2018

John Connell – The Cow Book, Donal Ryan – From A Low And Quiet Sea, Liz Nugent – Skin Deep, Tom Rachman – The Italian Teacher

May 2018

Kit de Waal – The Trick To Time, Jade Sharma – Problems, Jung Yun – Shelter, E.M. Forster – Howards End

June 2018

Caoilinn Hughes – Orchid And The Wasp, James Smythe – I Still Dream, Maja Lunde – A History Of Bees, John Wyndham – The Midwich Cuckoos

July 2018

Danny Denton – The Earlie King And The Kid In Yellow, David Sedaris – Calypso, David Graeber – Bullshit Jobs – A Theory, Helen Cullen – The Lost Letters Of William Woolf

August 2018

Emilie Pine – Notes To Self, Matt Haig – Notes On A Nervous Planet

September 2018

Darragh Martin – Future Popes Of Ireland, William Wall – Grace’s Day

October 2018

Wendy Erskine – Sweet Home, Michael Hughes – Country

November 2018

Sally Rooney – Normal People, Sarah Perry – Melmoth