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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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Abandoned Mansions of Ireland II: More Portraits of Forgotten Stately Homes

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ISBN/EAN: 9781848891555
In this follow up to the critically-acclaimed Abandoned Mansions of Ireland, Tarquin Blake documents a further fifty lost houses. Beautiful, haunting images of crumbling ruins accompanied by the history of the houses and their occupants tell a fascinating story of troubled times and private hardship.
Publisher: The Collins Press
Pub. Date: October 31 2012
Author: BLAKE, TARQUIN
Format: Hardback
Stock: 0
Price: €27.99


Ancient Ireland: Exploring Irish Historic Monuments

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ISBN/EAN: 9781848891852
Tarquin Blake and Fiona Reilly explore 150 Irish heritage sites, ranging from megalithic tombs to round towers, monasteries, castles and ancient churches to the more recent Martello towers and windmills. An engrossing catalogue of remarkable heritage sites is revealed. Each site has an intriguing past and is illustrated with Blake's photos.
Publisher: The Collins Press
Pub. Date: October 8 2013
Author: BLAKE, TARQUIN
Format: Hardback
Stock: 0
Price: €29.99


Abandoned Mansions of Ireland

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ISBN/EAN: 9781848892781
In 2008 Tarquin Blake found his first abandoned 'Big House' and so began exploring the lost architecture of Ireland. Alongside his haunting photographs, Tarquin includes brief histories of these abandoned mansions and the people who lived there.
Publisher: The Collins Press
Pub. Date: March 1 2017
Author: BLAKE, TARQUIN
Format: Hardback
Stock: 2
Price: €24.99


Abandoned Churches of Ireland

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ISBN/EAN: 9781848899100
This latest book by Tarquin Blake documents eighty abandoned Church of Ireland churches, preserving a record of fragile religious ruins. Blake's haunting images of crumbling ruins and history of the churches tell another fascinating story of troubled times.
Publisher: The Collins Press
Pub. Date: September 11 2015
Author: BLAKE, TARQUIN
Format: Hardback
Stock: 2
Price: €27.99


Ancient Ireland: Exploring Irish Historic Monuments

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ISBN/EAN: 9781848893047
Tarquin Blake and Fiona Reilly explore over 140 historic sites across the thirty-two counties, ranging from megalithic tombs and round towers to monasteries and castles, as well as the more recent Martello towers and windmills. Each site has an intriguing past and is illustrated with Blake's trademark photographs.
Publisher: The Collins Press
Pub. Date: May 29 2017
Author: BLAKE, TARQUIN
Format: Paperback
Stock: 0
Price: €19.99


Exploring Ireland's Castles

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ISBN/EAN: 9781848893269
In his latest book, Tarquin Blake takes us on a tour of Anglo-Norman fortresses, medieval towers, fortified houses and the neo-Gothic piles of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The castles (including lesser-known gems and luxury hotels) are captured in atmospheric photos and brought to life through the true stories of the families.
Publisher: The Collins Press
Pub. Date: September 18 2017
Author: BLAKE, TARQUIN
Format: Hardback
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Price: €29.95

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Love, Lies, And Consequences

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ISBN/EAN: 9781622866816
Publisher: Kensington Publishing
Pub. Date: January 30 2018
Author: KARRINGTON, BLAKE
Format: Trade PB
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Stupid Baby

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ISBN/EAN: 9781877579325
Publisher: Gecko Press
Pub. Date: October 5 2012
Author: BLAKE, STEPHANIE
Format: Paperback
Stock: 1
Price: €8.99


Dark Matter

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ISBN/EAN: 9781447297581
The fast-paced New York Times bestselling thriller of the year from Blake Crouch, author of the bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy.
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Pub. Date: August 24 2017
Author: CROUCH, BLAKE
Format: Paperback
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No Turning Back: The new thriller from the #1 bestselling author

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ISBN/EAN: 9781785760815
She was a friend of Tom's and they both died on the same night - are their deaths connected and if so, how?

As Cathy delves deeper, she uncovers links to the Dark Web and a catalogue of cold cases, realising that those involved each have their own reasons for hiding things from the police.
Publisher: Zaffre Publishing
Pub. Date: November 1 2018
Author: BLAKE, SAM
Format: Paperback
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Price: €8.78