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100 Books with a Difference

Why this initiative?

We want to bring people together and get our community thinking and talking about difference, through reading. That’s because we believe that great books don’t just echo, vindicate and validate our own experience. They also take us to places we hadn’t imagined but which, once seen, we never forget and those places could involve more equality, tolerance and understanding.

We know that when literature is working really well it can bridge gaps between intolerance and understanding, apathy and passion, and cultural and economic disparity. The right book in the right hands is a powerful tool that can change lives and communities for the better.

Through our “100 Books with a Difference” readers will explore the truth of living with prejudice and discrimination; learn that the shared experience of difference is what in fact unites us; and discover the wisdom of celebrating difference.

Irish equality law prohibits discrimination on nine grounds: Age, Civil Status, Disability, Family Status, Gender, Race, Religion, Sexual Orientation and Membership of the Traveller Community. We have chosen 10 great books that offer real insight under each of these grounds. We have also added a 10th theme: Peace Building in Northern Ireland.

How can I get involved?

Check out our "100 Books with a Differerence" blog where you can...

  • Get your hands on the Reading Guide
  • Access books under each ground by using the Quicklink facilities
  • Reserve any of our "100 books" directly from our Library Catalogue
  • Tell us what you think by using our Comment facility at the end of each post
  • Find out about our Contributors


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