1984 at Magpie Books Enniskerry

1984

€9.99 EUR

1984

by George Orwell
€9.99 EUR

Winston Smith works for the Ministry of Truth in London, chief city of Airstrip One. Big Brother stares out from every poster, the Thought Police uncover every act of betrayal. When Winston finds love with Julia, he discovers that life does not have to be dull and deadening, and awakens to new possibilities. Despite the police helicopters that hover and circle overhead, Winston and Julia begin to question the Party; they are drawn towards conspiracy. Yet Big Brother will not tolerate dissent - even in the mind. For those with original thoughts they invented Room 101...Nineteen Eighty-Four is George Orwell's terrifying vision of a totalitarian future in which everything and everyone is slave to a tyrannical regime. The novel also coined many new words and phrases which regular appear in popular culture, such as 'Big Brother', 'thoughtcrime', 'doublethink' and 'Newspeak'.

Orwell's 1984 is a prescribed Comparative Study novel for the Leaving Cert English exam in 2018, 2019 and 2020.

A Doll's House at Magpie Books Enniskerry

A Doll's House

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A Doll's House

by Henrik Ibsen
€6.99 EUR

Nora Helmer, wife to Torvald and mother of three children, appears to enjoy living the life of a pampered, indulged child. But as her economic dependence becomes brutally clear, Nora's acceptance of the status quo undergoes a profound change. To the horror of the bewildered Torvald, himself caught in the tight web of a conservative society which demands that he exert strict control, Nora comes to see that the only possible true course of action is to leave the family home.

Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House is a prescribed comparative study text for leaving cert english exam 2016, 2017 and 2018

 

Updated and Expanded Big Maggie Classroom Questions with Comparative Study

Scene Summaries
158 Classroom Questions
172 Questions on Comparative Modes
101 Questions on Comparing Texts for Comparative Study

This updated and expanded second edition of Scene by Scene’s Big Maggie Classroom Questions with Comparative Study includes scene summaries, points to consider, scene questions and questions for the Comparative Study for Leaving Certificate English. It is an essential resource for English teachers as a companion to the play Big Maggie by John B. Keane.

Designed to save time and lead to rewarding classroom experiences, this guide is broken down by scene to complement the play Big Maggie. This guide provides a range of questions for every stage of teaching the text. The teacher then selects the questions they wish to use.

Classroom Questions guides contain both closed and open questions, exploring student response, opinion and analysis.             

 •    Closed, comprehension questions check students’ understanding and ensure students are on task.           

 •    Open, higher order questions promote thinking and reflection.

Big Maggie Classroom Questions with Comparative Study contains scene summaries of John B. Keane's play. There are also 155 questions, divided by scene, to keep students engaged and actively thinking about the play. An additional 245 questions explore the Comparative Study Modes:

General Vision and Viewpoint
Cultural Context/Social Setting
Literary Genre
Theme/Issue - Relationships
Hero, Heroine, Villain
The Comparative Study: Comparing Texts 

Scene by Scene Classroom Questions teaching guides keep students focused on the text and encourage lively classroom discussions.

Contents:
Scene Summaries
Scene Questions
Points to Consider
Further Questions
Comparative Study Mode Questions:Theme/Issue (HL)/Relationships (OL)
Comparative Study Mode Questions: Cultural Context (HL)/Social Setting (OL)
Comparative Study Mode Questions: Literary Genre (HL)
Comparative Study Mode Questions: General Vision and Viewpoint (HL)
Comparative Study Mode Questions: Hero, Heroine, Villain (OL)
The Comparative Study: Comparing Texts

 

     

    BROOKLYN CLASSROOM QUESTIONS FOR COMPARATIVE STUDY

     

    A 160 page companion guide to Brooklyn for Comparative Study for Leaving Certificate English 2019 and 2020.
    For use in the classroom or for focussed independent study.

    Section 1

    • The film is divided into 5 parts.
    • Outline summary for each part.
    • Notes and Questions on each mode for each part.
    • Modes include: Cultural Context/Social Setting, Literary Genre, General Vision and Viewpoint, Relationships and Hero/Heroine/Villain.

      Section 2

      • Notes looking at each mode as a whole across the entire text.
      • Accompanying questions for each mode.

      Section 3

      • Comparing your texts: Questions on each mode to compare Brooklyn and your other chosen Comparative Study texts.

       

      This book is a companion guide for the Comparative Study of ‘Brooklyn’, directed by John Crowley. Ideally it accompanies a second, detailed viewing and study of the film.

      For the purposes of classroom study, I have divided the film into five parts. Each part contains an outline summary, a brief note on Cultural Context/Social Setting, Literary Genre, General Vision and Viewpoint, Relationships and Hero/Heroine/Villain, and a set of questions on Cultural Context/Social Setting, Literary Genre, General Vision and Viewpoint, Relationships and Hero/Heroine/Villain. The brief note is intended as a starting point for students, to provide something concrete for each mode that can be developed and built on by exploring the relevant mode-based questions for each part.

      Towards the back of the book, there are short notes looking at each mode as a whole, across the entire film, and accompanying questions (please note, there may be some similarity with earlier questions to draw attention to key ideas).

      Lastly, there is a section of questions on each mode, designed to prompt comparisons between ‘Brooklyn’ and other Comparative Study texts.

      By the Bog of Cats

      By the Bog of Cats

      by Marina Carr
      €13.99 EUR
      Set in the mysterious landscape of the bogs of rural Ireland, Carr's lyrical and timeless play tells the story of Hester Swane, an Irish traveller with a deep and unearthly connection to her land. Tormented by the memory of a mother who deserted her, Hester is once again betrayed, this time by the father of her child, the man she loves. On the brink of despair, she embarks on a terrible journey of vengeance as the secrets of her tangled history are revealed.'A piece of poetic realism steeped in the past... Carr has an extraordinary ability to move between the mythic and the real.' Guardian'A great play... a great work of poetry... the word should soon carry across both sides of the Atlantic.' IndependentBy the Bog of Cats premiered at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, in 1998. It was revived at Wyndham's Theatre, London, in November 2004.
      Death and Nightingales at Magpie Books Enniskerry Save 18%

      Death and Nightingales

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      Death and Nightingales

      by Eugene McCabe
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      €8.99 EUR

      It is 1883 and against the fearsome beauty of the Fermanagh landscape, the fate of Beth Winters slowly unfolds. Beth is determined to decide her own destiny yet seems doomed to repeat the tragic mistakes of her family.Through the events of the day of her twenty-fifth birthday, decades of pain and betrayal finally build to a devastating climax. In this powerful and gripping novel McCabe creates a lyrical indictment of the tensions that tear both families and nations apart.

      Death and Nightingales by Eugene McCabe is a prescribed Comparative Study text for the Leaving Cert English exam in 2017 and 2018

      Foster Classroom Questions with Comparative Study

      Updated and Expanded Foster Classroom Questions with Comparative Study for Leaving Certificate English

      Chapter Summaries
      253 Classroom Questions
      232 Questions on Comparative Modes
      123 Questions on Comparing Texts for Comparative Study

      This updated and expanded second edition of Scene by Scene’s Foster Classroom Questions includes chapter summaries in addition to chapter questions, and questions for the Comparative Study for Leaving Certificate English. It is an essential resource for English teachers as a companion to the novel Foster by Claire Keegan.

      Designed to save time and lead to rewarding classroom experiences, this guide is broken down by chapter to complement the novel Foster. This guide provides a range of questions for every stage of teaching the text. The teacher then selects the questions they wish to use.

      Classroom Questions guides contain both closed and open questions, exploring student response, opinion and analysis.             

       •    Closed, comprehension questions check students’ understanding and ensure students are on task.           

       •    Open, higher order questions promote thinking and reflection.

      Foster Classroom Questions with Comparative Study contains chapter summaries of Claire Keegan's novel. There are also 253 questions, divided by chapter, to keep students engaged and actively thinking about the novel. An additional 232 questions explore the Comparative Study Modes:

      General Vision and Viewpoint
      Cultural Context/Social Setting
      Literary Genre
      Theme/Issue - Relationships
      Hero, Heroine, Villain
      The Comparative Study: Comparing Texts 

      Scene by Scene Classroom Questions teaching guides keep students focused on the text and encourage lively classroom discussions.

      Contents:
      Chapter Summaries

      Chapter Questions
      Further Questions
      Comparative Study Mode Questions:Theme/Issue (HL)/Relationships (OL)
      Comparative Study Mode Questions: Cultural Context (HL)/Social Setting (OL)
      Comparative Study Mode Questions: Literary Genre (HL)
      Comparative Study Mode Questions: General Vision and Viewpoint (HL)
      Comparative Study Mode Questions: Hero, Heroine, Villain (OL)
      The Comparative Study: Comparing Texts

      It's Not Yet Dark

      It's Not Yet Dark

      by Simon Fitzmaurice
      €9.50 EUR
      In 2008, Simon Fitzmaurice was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (mnd). He was given four years to live. In 2010, in a state of lung-function collapse, Simon knew with crystal clarity that now was not his time to die. Against all prevailing medical opinion, he chose to ventilate in order to stay alive. Here, the young filmmaker, a husband and father of five small children draws us deeply into his inner world. Told in simply expressed and beautifully stark prose - in the vein of such memoirs as Jean-Dominique Bauby's The Diving Bell and the Butterfly - the result is an astonishing journey into a life which, though brutally compromised, is lived more fully and in the moment than most, revealing at its core the power of love its most potent. Written using an eye-gaze computer, It's Not Yet Dark is an unforgettable book about relationships and family, about what connects and separates us as people and, ultimately, about what it means to be alive.
      Juno Classroom Questions For Comparative Study

      JUNO CLASSROOM QUESTIONS FOR COMPARATIVE STUDY

       

      A 124 page companion guide to Juno for Comparative Study Leaving Certificate English 2019.
      For use in the classroom or for focussed independent study.

      Section 1

      • The film is divided into 5 parts.
      • Outline summary for each part.
      • Notes and Questions on each mode for each part.
      • Modes include: Cultural Context/Social Setting, Literary Genre, General Vision and Viewpoint, Relationships and Hero/Heroine/Villain.

        Section 2

        • Notes looking at each mode as a whole across the entire text.
        • Accompanying questions for each mode.

        Section 3

        • Comparing your texts: Questions on each mode to compare Juno and your other chosen Comparative Study texts.

         

        This book is a companion guide for the Comparative Study of ‘Juno’, directed by Jason Reitman. Ideally it accompanies a second, detailed viewing and study of the film.

        For the purposes of classroom study, I have divided the film into five parts. Each part contains an outline summary, a brief note on Cultural Context/Social Setting, Literary Genre, General Vision and Viewpoint, Relationships and Hero/Heroine/Villain, and a set of questions on Cultural Context/Social Setting, Literary Genre, General Vision and Viewpoint, Relationships and Hero/Heroine/Villain. The brief note is intended as a starting point for students, to provide something concrete for each mode that can be developed and built on by exploring the relevant mode-based questions for each part.

        Towards the back of the book, there are short notes looking at each mode as a whole, across the entire film, and accompanying questions (please note, there may be some similarity with earlier questions to draw attention to key ideas).

        Lastly, there is a section of questions on each mode, designed to prompt comparisons between ‘Juno’ and other Comparative Study texts.

        Room

        Room

        €10.99 EUR
        Silas Marner

        Silas Marner

        €8.00 EUR

        Silas Marner

        by George Eliot
        €8.00 EUR
        George Eliot's tale of a solitary miser gradually redeemed by the joy of fatherhood, Silas Marner is edited with an introduction and notes by David Carroll in Penguin Classics.Wrongly accused of theft and exiled from a religious community many years before, the embittered weaver Silas Marner lives alone in Raveloe, living only for work and his precious hoard of money. But when his money is stolen and an orphaned child finds her way into his house, Silas is given the chance to transform his life. His fate, and that of Eppie, the little girl he adopts, is entwined with Godfrey Cass, son of the village Squire, who, like Silas, is trapped by his past. Silas Marner, George Eliot's favourite of her novels, combines humour, rich symbolism and pointed social criticism to create an unsentimental but affectionate portrait of rural life.This text uses the Cabinet edition, revised by George Eliot in 1878. David Carroll's introduction is complemented by the original Penguin Classics edition introduction by Q.D. Leavis.Mary Ann Evans (1819-80) began her literary career as a translator, and later editor, of the Westminster Review. In 1857, she published Scenes of Clerical Life, the first of eight novels she would publish under the name of 'George Eliot', including The Mill on the Floss, Middlemarch, and Daniel Deronda.If you enjoyed Silas Marner, you might like Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, also available in Penguin Classics.'I think Silas Marner holds a higher place than any of the author's works. It is more nearly a masterpiece; it has more of that simple, rounded, consummate aspect ... which marks a classical work'Henry James
        The Great Gatsby

        The Great Gatsby

        €12.50 EUR

        Chapter Summaries
        250 Classroom Questions
        197 Questions on Comparative Modes
        116 Questions on Comparing Texts for Comparative Study 

         

        The guide is broken down by scene or chapter to complement the text they accompany. These guides provide a clear list of questions for every stage of teaching and studying the text for Leaving Certificate English Comparative Study. Classroom Questions guides contain both closed and open questions, exploring student response, opinion and analysis.               

        •    Closed comprehension questions check students’ understanding and ensure students are on task.           

        •    Open higher order questions promote thinking and reflection.

        The Great Gatsby Classroom Questions contains chapter summaries of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel. There are also 250 questions, divided by chapter, to keep students engaged and actively thinking about the novel.

        Additional questions explore the Comparative Modes:

        General Vision and Viewpoint
        Cultural Context/Social Setting
        Literary Genre Theme/Issue - Relationships
        Hero, Heroine, Villain  

        Scene by Scene Classroom Questions teaching guides keep students focused on the text and encourage lively classroom discussions.

        The Handmaid's Tale

        The Handmaid's Tale

        by Margaret Atwood
        €10.99 EUR
        WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION FROM MARGARET ATWOOD. The Republic of Gilead offers Offred only one function: to breed. If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire - neither Offred's nor that of the two men on which her future hangs. Brilliantly conceived and executed, this powerful vision of the future gives full rein to Margaret Atwood's irony, wit and astute perception.

        The Ocean at the End of the Lane Classroom Questions is a book for English teachers who are teaching The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman and intend to set questions for homework or classwork. The Ocean at the End of the Lane Classroom Questions contains 282 questions, divided by chapter, to keep students engaged and actively thinking about the novel. It also contains a summary for each chapter, to remind students of the action and refresh key points.

        Why choose to study The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman?

        • The text explores the difficulties and isolation of childhood.
        • This fantasy novel shows us a magical, hidden world, just beyond the borders of reality, making for an exciting, thrilling read that appeals to a YA audience.
        • Memorable narration of the boy and the unforgettable Hempstock family, immediately draw the reader in.
        • The novel deals with the difficult relationship between the speaker and his father.
        The Playboy of the Western World Classroom Questions with Comparative Study for Leaving Certificate English

        Act Summaries
        306 Classroom Questions
        210 Questions on Comparative Modes
        114 Questions on Comparing Texts for Comparative Study

        Scene by Scene’s The Playboy of the Western World Classroom Questions includes questions for the Comparative Study for Leaving Certificate English, in addition to summaries and questions on each act. It is an essential resource for English teachers as a companion to the play The Playboy of the Western World by J. M. Synge.

        Designed to save time and lead to rewarding classroom experiences, this guide is broken down by act to complement the play The Playboy of the Western World. This guide provides a range of questions for every stage of teaching and studying the text. 

        Classroom Questions guides contain both closed and open questions, exploring student response, opinion and analysis.             

         •    Closed, comprehension questions check students’ understanding and ensure students are on task.           

         •    Open, higher order questions promote thinking and reflection.

        The Playboy of the Western World Classroom Questions with Comparative Study contains act summaries of J. M. Synge's play. There are also 306 questions, divided by act, to keep students engaged and actively thinking about the play. An additional 346 questions explore the Comparative Study Modes:

        General Vision and Viewpoint
        Cultural Context/Social Setting
        Literary Genre
        Theme/Issue - Relationships
        Hero, Heroine, Villain
        The Comparative Study: Comparing Texts 

        Scene by Scene Classroom Questions teaching guides keep students focused on the text and encourage lively classroom discussions.

        Contents:
        Act Summaries

        Act Questions
        Further Questions
        Comparative Study Mode Questions:Theme/Issue (HL)/Relationships (OL)
        Comparative Study Mode Questions: Cultural Context (HL)/Social Setting (OL)
        Comparative Study Mode Questions: Literary Genre (HL)
        Comparative Study Mode Questions: General Vision and Viewpoint (HL)
        Comparative Study Mode Questions: Hero, Heroine, Villain (OL)
        The Comparative Study: Comparing Texts

         

           

          The Sound of Things Falling at Magpie Books Enniskerry

          The Sound of Things Falling

          by Juan Gabriel Vásquez
          €12.70 EUR

          Winner of the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2014
          Winner of the Alfaguara Prize 2011

          Winner of the Gregor von Rezzori Prize 2013

          No sooner does he get to know Ricardo Laverde in a seedy billiard hall in Bogotá than Antonio Yammara realises that the ex-pilot has a secret. Antonio's fascination with his new friend's life grows until the day Ricardo receives a mysterious, unmarked cassette. Shortly afterwards, he is shot dead on a street corner. Yammara's investigation into what happened leads back to the early 1960s, marijuana smuggling and a time before the cocaine trade trapped Colombia in a living nightmare.

          The Sound of Things Falling is a prescribed Comparative Study text for the Leaving Cert English exam in 2018, 2019 and 2020

          The Spinning Heart at Magpie Books Enniskerry

          The Spinning Heart

          by Donal Ryan
          €9.99 EUR

          "My father still lives back the road past the weir in the cottage I was reared in. I go there every day to see is he dead and every day he lets me down. He hasn't yet missed a day of letting me down."

          In the aftermath of Ireland's financial collapse, dangerous tensions surface in an Irish town. As violence flares, the characters face a battle between public persona and inner desires. Through a chorus of unique voices, each struggling to tell their own kind of truth, a single authentic tale unfolds. The Spinning Heartspeaks for contemporary Ireland like no other novel. Wry, vulnerable, all-too human, it captures the language and spirit of rural Ireland and with uncanny perception articulates the words and thoughts of a generation. Technically daring and evocative of Patrick McCabe and J.M. Synge, this novel of small-town life is witty, dark and sweetly poignant. Donal Ryan's brilliantly realized debut announces a stunning new voice in literary fiction.

          Donal Ryan's The Spinning Heart is a prescribed Comparative Study text for the Leaving Cert English Exam in 2017 and 2018.

          Touching the Void at Magpie Books Enniskerry

          Touching the Void

          €11.95 EUR

          Touching the Void

          by Joe Simpson
          €11.95 EUR

          The book behind the BAFTA award-winning film. Winner of the NCR Award for non-fiction and the Boardman Tasker award. Touching the Void is the heart-stopping account of Joe Simpson's terrifying adventure in the Peruvian Andes. He and his climbing partner, Simon, reached the the summit of the remote Siula Grande in June 1995. A few days later, Simon staggered into Base Camp, exhausted and frost-bitten, with news that that Joe was dead. What happened to Joe, and how the pair dealt with the psychological traumas that resulted when Simon was forced into the appalling decision to cut the rope, makes not only an epic of survival but a compelling testament of friendship.

          Touching the Void by Joe Simpson is a prescribed Comparative Study text for the Leaving Cert English exam in 2018.