DCU Staff Book Club

Connect with the DCU Community through the love of reading! The DCU Staff Book Club is an initiative developed by the DCU Arts and Culture Office, with support from DCU Library. The programme runs throughout the academic year and is available to DCU Staff, free of charge.

In semester one and two, staff can register to attend an in-person book club with that month's featured author, in various locations across DCU's campuses. 

These are moderated events, where DCU staff can ask questions and engage in discussions about the book with the author and with audience members.

For details on next semester's books and on past book clubs, see below.

Visit DCU Arts and Culture for date, location and booking information.


February 2024 - This Plague of Souls by Mike McCormack

Cover of the Novel This Plague of Souls with an author imager of Mike McCormack. He is standing in the foreground, wearing glasses and a black fedora, there is a beach in the background

This Plague of Souls by Mike McCormack 

This Plague of Souls is Mike’s first novel since his Goldsmiths Prize-winning critically acclaimed Booker-longlisted novel Solar Bones. The story follows a man named Nealon, recently released from jail, who returns to his family home in the West of Ireland only to find an empty house. It seems the world has forgotten that he even existed. The one exception is a persistent caller on the telephone, someone who seems to know everything about Nealon’s life, his confusing bother with the law and, more importantly, what has happened to his family. 

Check the availability of This Plague of Souls in DCU Library

March 2024 - How to Build a Boat by Elaine Feeney

Author image of Elaine Feeney beside cover of book "How to Build a Boat"

How to Build a Boat by Elaine Feeney

With tender prose and vivid imagery, Feeney introduces us to 13-year-old Jamie O’Neill, whose two biggest ambitions are to build a Perpetual Motion Machine and to connect with his mum, Noelle, who died when he was born. 

Check the availability of How to Build a Boat in DCU Library

April 2024 - Kala by Colin Walsh

Cover image of the novel Kala alongside the author's photo

Kala by Colin Walsh

Kala is a coming-of-age story and a propulsive thriller set on the west coast of Ireland over two timelines. It’s the story of a group of friends who, reunited 20 years after the disappearance of their friend, are haunted by the mystery of what happened to her.