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Search Terms

You can search our site by adding one or more words to one or more of the search boxes below.

Each box searches a different field and the 'Search All' box searches them all.

If you enter multiple words in in any search box then one of those words MUST be in that field for the product to be returned but all of them don’t have to be present.

The results will be ordered by products with more of the specified words first (if in “Relevance” order) then any products that have less of your specified words.

For example if you search for “Red Dog” in the title field and “James Ben” in the Author field then ether “Red” or “Dog” must be present in the title AND ether “James” or “Ben” must be present in the Author field for a product to be shown in the results. If both “Red” and “Dog” is present in the Title as well as “James” and “Ben” in the Author then that product will appear first in the results followed by any products with fewer of the optional words.

Wildcard Searches

We support single and multiple character wildcard searches within single words.

To perform a single character wildcard search use the ""?"" symbol.

To perform a multiple character wildcard search use the ""*"" symbol.

The single character wildcard search looks for terms that match that with the single character replaced. For example, to search for ""text"" or ""test"" you can use the search:

te?t

Multiple character wildcard searches looks for 0 or more characters. For example, to search for test, tests or tester, you can use the search:

test*

You can also use the wildcard searches in the middle of a term:

te*t

Warning: You should avoid using wildcard searches as the first character of a word as it will dramatically slow down searches:

?est

*st

Boolean Operators

Boolean operators allow terms to be combined through logic operators. We support AND, ""+"", OR, NOT and ""-"" as Boolean operators(Note: Boolean operators must be ALL CAPS).

The OR operator is the default conjunction operator. This means that if there is no Boolean operator between two terms, the OR operator is used. The OR operator links two terms and finds a matching document if either of the terms exist in a document. This is equivalent to a union using sets. The symbol || can be used in place of the word OR.

To search for documents that contain either ""another book"" or just ""another"" use the query:

""another book"" another

or

""another book"" OR another

AND

The AND operator matches documents where both terms exist anywhere in the text of a single document. This is equivalent to an intersection using sets. The symbol && can be used in place of the word AND.

To search for documents that contain ""another book"" and ""Some Book"" use the query:

""another book"" AND ""Some Book""

+

The ""+"" or required operator requires that the term after the ""+"" symbol exist somewhere in a the field of a single document.

To search for documents that must contain ""another"" and may contain ""search"" use the query:

+another search

NOT

The NOT operator excludes documents that contain the term after NOT. This is equivalent to a difference using sets. The symbol ! can be used in place of the word NOT.

To search for documents that contain ""another book"" but not ""Some Book"" use the query:

""another book"" NOT ""Some Book""

-

The ""-"" or prohibit operator excludes documents that contain the term after the ""-"" symbol.

To search for documents that contain ""another book"" but not ""Some Book"" use the query:

""another book"" -""Some Book""

Fuzzy Searches

We support fuzzy searches based on the Levenshtein Distance, or Edit Distance algorithm. To do a fuzzy search use the tilde, ""~"", symbol at the end of a Single word Term. For example to search for a term similar in spelling to ""roam"" use the fuzzy search:

roam~

This search will find terms like foam and roams.

An additional (optional) parameter can specify the required similarity. The value is between 0 and 1, with a value closer to 1 only terms with a higher similarity will be matched. For example:

roam~0.8

The default that is used if the parameter is not given is 0.5.

Grouping

We support using parentheses to group clauses to form sub queries. This can be very useful if you want to control the boolean logic for a query.

To search for either ""another"" or ""book"" and ""website"" use the query:

(another OR book) AND website

This eliminates any confusion and makes sure you that website must exist and either term another or book may exist.

Escaping Special Characters

We support escaping special characters that are part of the query syntax. The current list special characters are:

+ - && || ! ( ) { } [ ] ^ "" ~ * ? : \

To escape these character use the \ before the character. For example to search for (1+1):2 use the query:

\(1\+1\)\:2

Boosting a Term

We provide the relevance level of matching documents based on the terms found. To boost a term use the caret, ""^"", symbol with a boost factor (a number) at the end of the term you are searching. The higher the boost factor, the more relevant the term will be.

Boosting allows you to control the relevance of a document by boosting its term. For example, if you are searching for

another book

and you want the term ""another"" to be more relevant boost it using the ^ symbol along with the boost factor next to the term. You would type:

another^4 book

This will make documents with the term another appear more relevant. You can also boost Phrase Terms as in the example:

""another book""^4 ""Some Book""

By default, the boost factor is 1. Although the boost factor must be positive, it can be less than 1 (e.g. 0.2)

Proximity Searches

We support finding words are a within a specific distance away. To do a proximity search use the tilde, ""~"", symbol at the end of a Phrase. For example to search for a ""book"" and ""another"" within 10 words of each other in a document use the search:

""another book""~10
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Collected Stories

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ISBN/EAN: 9780224097802

Includes most of Secrets, A Time to Dance, The Great Profundo, Walking the Dog and Matters of Life & Death.
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Pub. Date: November 14 2013
Author: MacLaverty, Bernard
Format: Hardback
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Lamb

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ISBN/EAN: 9780099284598

On a promontory jutting out into the Atlantic wind stands the home run by Brother Benedict, where boys are taught a little of God and a lot of fear. To Michael Lamb, one of the Brothers, the regime is without hope, and when he inherits a small legacy he runs away, taking a 12-year-old boy with him.
Pub. Date: December 7 1999
Author: MacLaverty, Bernard
Format: Paperback
Availability: 1 – 9 copies in stock
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Cal

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ISBN/EAN: 9780099767114

Set in the Northern Ireland of the 1980's, this book tells the story of a young Catholic man living in a Protestant area. Springing out of the fear and violence of Ulster, it is a haunting love story that unfolds in a land where tenderness and innocence can only flicker briefly in the dark.
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Pub. Date: May 7 1998
Author: MacLaverty, Bernard
Format: Paperback
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Matters of Life and Death

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ISBN/EAN: 9780099493037

Beginning with the sudden, nauseating terror of a family caught up in an explosion of shocking sectarian violence and ending with the white-out of an Iowa blizzard and a different kind of fear, this book is about bonds and connections, made and broken, secret and known.
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Pub. Date: May 3 2007
Author: MacLaverty, Bernard
Format: Paperback
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Great Profundo And Other Stories

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ISBN/EAN: 9780099773719

A lonely old lady resorts to posting a monthly letter to herself; a retired policeman and a cornet-player, captivated by a young flautist, seeks oblivion in drink. In a shabby world, some simply suffer unseen: a sword-swallower, once immortalised by Matisse, sustains a fatal wound before an unheeding, drunken audience.
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Pub. Date: July 3 1997
Author: MacLaverty, Bernard
Format: Paperback
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Anatomy School

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ISBN/EAN: 9780099428466

Martin Brenna is a troubled boy living in troubled times, a boy who knows all of the questions but none of the answers. Before he can become and adult, Martin must unravel the sacred and contradictory mysteries of religion, science and sex; he must learn the value of friendship; but most of all he must pass his exams - at any cost.
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Pub. Date: October 1 2002
Author: MacLaverty, Bernard
Format: Paperback
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Grace Notes

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ISBN/EAN: 9780099778011

Returning to Belfast, to attend her father's funeral. Catherine McKenna - a young composer - remembers why she left: the claustrophobic intimacies of the Catholic enclave, her fastidious, nagging mother, and the pervading tensions of a city at war with itself. This is a novel, about coming to terms with the past and the healing power of music.
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Pub. Date: February 27 1998
Author: MacLaverty, Bernard
Format: Paperback
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Time To Dance

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ISBN/EAN: 9780099283560

Features Nelson who plays truant and sees something he wishes he hadn't.
Pub. Date: November 4 1999
Author: MacLaverty, Bernard
Format: Paperback
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Walking the Dog and Other Stories

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ISBN/EAN: 9780099284888

A book in which, a belfast man out walking his dog is kidnapped...a Catholic schoolboy with priestly ambitions confronts a B-Special on guard duty when he runs to retrieve a football, and a middle-aged couple awkwardly appraise the state of their long marriage.
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Pub. Date: October 5 1999
Author: MacLaverty, Bernard
Format: Paperback
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Secrets And Other Stories

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ISBN/EAN: 9780099773610

This collection of 15 short stories, winner of a Scottish Arts Council Award, explores the themes of married love, male friendship, adult grief and the contemplation of infidelity. MacLaverty is the author of "Lamb", "Cal" and "A Time to Dance".
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Pub. Date: July 3 1997
Author: MacLaverty, Bernard
Format: Paperback
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Price: €7.13