Founded by Translink, Novel Journeys, is a virtual book club set-up to celebrate the benefits of reading.
In partnership with independent bookstore ‘No Alibis’, each month we will bring you a recommendation of a title that we can all read together.
This will be followed up by a discussion with a group of reviewers and guest panellists. Please see below for upcoming events.
Keep updated on social channels and follow the conversation using #NovelJourneys Instagram *Recommended books may contain adult themes or language not suitable for young teens
July 2021: The Troubles with Us by Alix O'Neill
Growing up on the Falls Road in 1990s Belfast, Alix O'Neill has seen it all – from burnt-out vehicles blocking the route to school to the police mistaking her father for a leading terrorist. Not that she or her friends are up-to-speed with the goings-on of the resistance. They’re too preoccupied with the obsessions of every teenage girl – booze, boys and Boyzone. Desperate to leave Northern Ireland and the trials of her mother's unorthodox family - a loving yet eccentric band of misfits - behind, she makes grand plans for the next stage. But it's through these relationships and their gradual unravelling that Alix begins to appreciate not only the troubled history of where she comes from, but the strength of its women. Warm, embarrassing and full of love and insight, The Troubles with Us is a hilarious and moving account of the madness and mundanities of life in Northern Ireland during the thirty-year conflict. It's a story of mothers and daughters, the fallout from things left unsaid and the lengths a girl will go to for fake tan.
June 2021: Blood Ties by Brian McGilloway
May 2021: Intimacies by Lucy Caldwell
April 2021: Night Train to Lisbon by Swiss writer Pascal Mercier
We are currently in the process of confirming the details of our first virtual book club event which will take place in September. This page will be updated with an event invite once it goes live.
Please check our social media platforms for updates.
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