If Ever You Go: a map of Dublin in poetry and song, the choice for Dublin: One City, One Book 2014 is a collection of poems, ballads and songs from a range of literary luminaries connected with Dublin. It includes writing by both historical and contemporary figures, among them Swift, Synge, Yeats, Joyce, Kavanagh and Ó Direáin as well as Seamus Heaney, Eavan Boland, Dermot Bolger, Paula Meehan, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill and Derek Mahon.
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde was the Dublin: One City, One Book choice in Dorian Gray is young, rich and beautiful. When he sees an exquisite portrait of himself, he is bewitched and offers his soul in return for eternal youth and good looks.
Strumpet City by James Plunkett was the Dublin: One City, One Book choice for 2013. It depicts a pivotal event in Irish social history - the mass lockout of trade unionists by employers in 1913 - and has a wonderfully memorable cast of characters - not least the city itself.
Ghost Light by Joseph O'Connor was the Dublin: One City, One Book choice for The novel is loosely based on the love affair between the great Irish playwright John Millington Synge and the Abbey Theatre actress Molly Allgood.
A Long Long Way. A Long Long Way evokes the camaraderie and humour of Willie and his regiment, the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, but also the cruelty and sadness of war, and the divided loyalties that many Irish soldiers felt.