Book Club Kits

Book Club Kits

Borrow one of our Book Club Kits and you'll have everything you need for your next Book Club session. 

Book Club Kit

Our Book Club Kits for Adults are available to borrow from any of our libraries.  The collection is housed in Navan Library but a kit can be reserved for collection in your local branch.  To reserve a kit please contact your local library who can make the reservation for you.

The kits consist of:

  • 8 copies of 1 title from the collection.
  • A printed guide for your chosen title with suggested questions, author information and interviews, further reading recommendations and more.
  • A set of Discussion Prompt cards to get the conversation going.

Terms and Conditions:

The kit can be borrowed for 8 weeks at a time.

Book club kits cannot be renewed.

The person who borrows the kit on behalf of the book club is responsible for all copies of the books in the kit. All copies must be returned together in the kit.

Any copies from the kit that are lost must be paid for or replaced.

Book Club Kit Titles

American Dirt Book Club Kit American Dirt by Jeannine Cummins

Yesterday, Lydia had a bookshop. Yesterday, Lydia was married to a journalist. Yesterday, she was with everyone she loved most in the world. Today, her eight-year-old son Luca is all she has left. For him, she will carry a machete strapped to her leg. For him, she will leap onto the roof of a high speed train. For him, she will find the strength to keep running.

Download the Book Club Kit Guide for American Dirt




August Book Club Kit Guide

August by Callan Wink

August is an average twelve year old. When his parents' marriage falls apart and he has to start over in a new town, he tries hard to be an average teen but he struggles to form friendships, and when a shocking act of violence pushes him off course once more, he flees to rural Montana. There, as he throws himself into work on a ranch, he comes to learn that even the smallest of communities have secrets and even the most broken of families have a bond.

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The Beekeeper of Aleppo Book Club Kit CoverThe Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri

Nuri is a beekeeper; his wife, Afra, an artist. They live a simple life, rich in family and friends, in the beautiful Syrian city of Aleppo - until the unthinkable happens. When all they care for is destroyed by war, they are forced to escape.

As Nuri and Afra travel through a broken world, they must confront not only the pain of their own unspeakable loss, but dangers that would overwhelm the bravest of souls. Above all - and perhaps this is the hardest thing they face - they must journey to find each other again.

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The Discomfort of Evening

The Discomfort of Evening by Marieke Lucas Rijneveld

Ten-year-old Jas has a unique way of experiencing her universe: the feeling of udder ointment on her skin as protection against harsh winters; the texture of green warts, like capers, on migrating toads; the sound of 'blush words' that aren't in the Bible. But when a tragic accident ruptures the family, her curiosity warps into a vortex of increasingly disturbing fantasies - unlocking a darkness that threatens to derail them all.

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Drive Your Plow over the Bones of the Dead Book CLub Kit GuideDrive Your Plow over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk

In a remote Polish village, Janina Duszejko, an eccentric woman in her sixties, recounts the events surrounding the disappearance of her two dogs. She is reclusive, unconventional, and she is fond of the poetry of William Blake. When members of a local hunting club are found murdered, Duszejko becomes involved in the investigation. By no means a conventional crime story, this existential thriller by `one of Europe's major humanist writers' (Guardian) offers thought-provoking ideas on our perceptions of madness, injustice against marginalized people, animal rights, the hypocrisy of traditional religion, belief in predestination - and caused a genuine political uproar in Tokarczuk's native Poland.

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The Dutch House Book Club Kit Guide Image

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

Danny Conroy grows up in the opulence of the Dutch House. Though his father is distant and his mother is absent, Danny has his beloved sister Maeve: Maeve, with her wall of black hair, her wit, her brilliance. The siblings grow and change as life plays out under the watchful eyes of the house's former owners, in the frames of their oil paintings.Then one day their father brings home Andrea, a new stepmother. Though they cannot know it, her arrival to the Dutch House sows the seed of the defining loss of Danny and Maeve's lives: exiled from the house and tossed back into the poverty from which their family rose, Danny and Maeve have only each other to count on.

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Gentleman in Moscow Book Club Kit GuideA Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

On 21 June 1922, Count Alexander Rostov - recipient of the Order of Saint Andrew, member of the Jockey Club, Master of the Hunt - is escorted out of the Kremlin, across Red Square and through the elegant revolving doors of the Hotel Metropol.

Deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the Count has been sentenced to house arrest indefinitely. But instead of his usual suite, he must now live in an attic room while Russia undergoes decades of tumultuous upheaval. Can a life without luxury be the richest of all?

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Mum and Dad Book Club Kit Guide Image

Mum & Dad by Joanna Trollope

It’s been 25 years since Gus and Monica left England to start a new life in Spain, building a vineyard and wine business from the ground up. However, when Gus suffers a stroke and their idyllic Mediterranean life is thrown into upheaval, it’s left to their three grown-up children in London to step in.... As the children descend on the vineyard, it becomes clear that each has their own idea of how best to handle their mum and dad, as well as the family business. But as long-simmering resentments rise to the surface and tensions reach breaking point, can the family ties prove strong enough to keep them together?

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Redhead by the side of the troad book club kit guide coverRedhead by the Side of the Road by Anne Tyler

Micah Mortimer is a creature of habit. A self-employed tech expert, superintendent of his Baltimore apartment building, cautious to a fault behind the steering wheel, he seems content leading a steady, circumscribed life. But one day his routines are blown apart when his woman friend (he refuses to call anyone in her late thirties a "girlfriend") tells him she's facing eviction, and a teenager shows up at Micah's door claiming to be his son. These surprises, and the ways they throw Micah's meticulously organized life off-kilter, risk changing him forever. An intimate look into the heart and mind of a man who finds those around him just out of reach, and a funny, joyful, deeply compassionate story about seeing the world through new eyes, <i>Redhead by the Side of the Road</i> is a triumph, filled with Anne Tyler's signature wit and gimlet-eyed observation.

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Snow Book Club Kit Guide Cover

Snow by John Banville

Following the discovery of the body of a highly respected parish priest at Ballyglass House - the Co. Wexford family seat of the aristocratic, secretive Osborne family - Detective Inspector St. John Strafford is called in from Dublin to investigate. Strafford faces obstruction from all angles, but carries on determinedly in his pursuit of the murderer. However, as the snow continues to fall over this ever-expanding mystery, the people of Ballyglass are equally determined to keep their secrets.

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Solar Bones Book Club Kit Guide CoverSolar Bones by Mike McCormack

Marcus Conway has come a long way to stand in the kitchen of his home and remember the rhythms and routines of his life. Considering with his engineer's mind how things are constructed - bridges, banking systems, marriages - and how they may come apart. Mike McCormack captures with tenderness and feeling, in continuous, flowing prose, a whole life suspended in a single hour.

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Weather Book Club Kit Guide CoverWeather by Jenny Offill

When Lizzie Benson starts to work on a famous podcast "Hell and High Water" to answer the mail from left-wingers worried about climate change and right wingers worried about the decline of western civilization,she dives into this polarized world. She then begins to wonder what it means to keep tending your own garden once you've seen the flames beyond its walls. When her brother becomes a father and mentor, Sylvia a recluse, Lizzie is forced to acknowledge the limits of what she can do. But if she can't save others, then what, or who, might save her?

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The Wild Laughter Book Club Kit Guide CoverThe Wild Laughter by Caoilinn Hughes

It's 2008, and the Celtic Tiger has left devastation in its wake. Brothers Hart and Cormac Black are waking up to a very different Ireland – one that widens the chasm between them and brings their beloved father to his knees. Facing a devastating choice that will put their livelihood, even their lives, on the line, the brothers soon learn that their biggest danger comes when there is nothing to lose. A sharp snapshot of a family and a nation suddenly unmoored, this epic-in-miniature explores cowardice and sacrifice, faith rewarded and abandoned, the stories we tell ourselves and the ones we resist.

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The Years that Followed Book Club Kit Guide CoverThe Years that Followed by Catherine Dunne

Dublin. Calista falls in love with the charming, older Alexandros and moves to his native Cyprus, never imagining that her whirlwind courtship would lead to a dark and violent marriage. But Calista learns to survive and knows she will find peace when she can finally seek retribution.

Madrid. Pilar finally escaped growing up with nothing. Determined to leave poverty behind her, she plunges into a life of working hard and saving money. Enchanted by an older man, Pilar revels in their romance, her freedom, and accruing success. She's on the road to achieving her dreams. Yet there is one thing that she is still searching for, the one thing she knows will make her truly happy.

As two wronged women plot for revenge, their intricately crafted schemes send shockwaves through their families that will echo for many generations to come.

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Circle of Friends Meave BinchyCircle of Friends by Meave Binchy

Big, soft-featured Benny, an adored only daughter, and Eve, the little bird-like orphan brought up by the nuns, are best friends in the small Irish town of Knockglen. On their first day at University College, Dublin, an accident brings the pair together with fellow students Nan Malone and Jack Foley, and new friendships are quickly struck. But beneath their carefree student existence, trouble is brewing for the circle of friends.

Benny, the good-natured clown of the group, always seems to draw the short straw in life, while Nan, selfish and very attractive, takes what she wants without expecting to pay for it. And Eve, intensely loyal to Benny, and resentful of Nan’s careless optimism, becomes obsessed with the need to avenge Benny’s disappointments.

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Outside Boy by Jeanine CumminsOutside Boy by Jeanine Cummins

Young Christopher Hurley is a tinker, a Pavee gypsy, who roams with his father and extended family from town to town, carrying all their worldly possessions in their wagons. Christy carries with him a burden of guilt as well, haunted by the story of his mother’s death in childbirth.

The wandering life is the only one Christy has ever known, but when his grandfather dies, everything changes. His father decides to settle briefly, in a town, where Christy and his cousin can receive proper schooling and prepare for their first communions. But still, always, they are treated as outsiders.

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Let Them Lie by Florence GillianLet Them Lie by Florence Gillian

Aoife O’Driscoll travels home to Sligo for a family gathering to mark the twentieth anniversary of her father’s death. While there, the discovery of a long-buried box and its disturbing contents sends her on a terrifying journey through her family’s past. Chasing secrets, while trying to hold her life together, becomes increasingly difficult. Breaking up with her fiancé Connor at a point when she desperately needs support, she falls deeper into an obsession with finding the truth, knowing that her investigations threaten to shatter the lives of everyone she loves – her mother, her sister, her young niece and nephew.

And what of her older brother Sam? Has he been guarding the family secrets all these years?

She is left to face the question: how high a price is she willing to pay to protect her family and can she live with the consequences?

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The Last White Man by Mohsin HamidThe Last White Man by Mohsin Hamid

One morning, a man wakes up to find himself transformed. Overnight, Anders’s skin has turned dark, and the reflection in the mirror seems a stranger to him. At first he shares his secret only with Oona, an old friend turned new lover. Soon, reports of similar events begin to surface. Across the land, people are awakening in new incarnations, uncertain how their neighbours, friends, and family will greet them. Some see the transformations as the long-dreaded overturning of the established order that must be resisted to a bitter end. In many, like Anders’s father and Oona’s mother, a sense of profound loss and unease wars with profound love. As the bond between Anders and Oona deepens, change takes on a different shading: a chance at a kind of rebirth–an opportunity to see ourselves, face to face, anew.

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Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan Small Thing Like These by Claire Keegan

It is 1985, in an Irish town. During the weeks leading up to Christmas, Bill Furlong, a coal and timber merchant, faces his busiest season. As he does the rounds, he feels the past rising up to meet him - and encounters the complicit silences of a small community controlled by the Church.

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To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper LeeTo Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Set in the small Southern town of Maycomb, Alabama, during the Depression, To Kill a Mockingbird follows three years in the life of 8-year-old Scout Finch, her brother, Jem, and their father, Atticus--three years punctuated by the arrest and eventual trial of a young black man accused of raping a white woman.

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