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A blog by The Bookseller

Welcome to The Book Seller’s Blog where we invite independent book sellers to rant, rave and generally enthuse about books and authors and all things literary. Tell us about your day amongst the fresh pages of new releases, or the previously loved well thumbed pages of second hand books. What was the most bizarre request you’ve received from a customer? What is your most precious book? Reveal all here!

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A Bookshop and more…Sheelagh na Gig

Posted by The Bookseller on 26 September 2012.

Cloughjordan is a jewel of a town hidden away in the heart of Tipperary. And in the heart of Cloughjordan is the Sheelagh na Gig bookshop, run by editor Elizabeth O’Shea and glass artist Mollie Barrow. “We started it together in October 1996, but Mollie is now concentrating more on her art – she has an Etsy shop called Spleodair,” says Elizabeth. “We both moved down from Dublin; we loved books, so we opened the...

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Hughes and Hughes joins forces with the Irish Parent Magazine

Posted by The Bookseller on 19 September 2012.

Recently Hughes and Hughes Dundrum have begun to collaborate with Irish Parent Magazine to produce a regular book feature. It is always exciting to be to be involved with a new venture and especially so with this one. The distribution range of IPM takes the magazine to all of the maternity hospitals as well as to Dundrum Shopping Centre, so the feature will give us extra exposure across the city. The publicity we get from...

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Your Favourite Book Shop?

Posted by The Bookseller on 4 September 2012.

Bord Gais Energy are currently running a survey to help celebrate the launch the Bord Gáis Energy Bookshop of the Year Award 2012. Everyone who completes the survey and enters their email address at the end will be included in a competition to win some AMAZING prizes including: A pair of tickets to the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards in November 3 pairs of tickets for Swan Lake in the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre...

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So many books to read…

Posted by The Bookseller on 15 August 2012.

Booksellers see a lot of books, and one of the ways that they are able to match book to customer so well, is that they READ lots. On our Booksellers blog, Christine Mills from Hughes and Hughes shares her thoughts on her last read (and you’ll find more in our Reviews section)… Safe House by Chris Ewan This thriller is set mainly on the Isle of Man, which appealed to me as a welcome change in...

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Posted by The Bookseller on 2 August 2012.

A fabulous creation from…books! For the full range of photos, check out aMAZEme | London 2012 Festival

Temporary bookshops: The Dalkey Festival

Posted by The Bookseller on 21 June 2012.

Last Sunday saw yours truly venturing beyond the rarefied atmosphere of Dundrum Shopping Centre to ‘man’ a pop-up up shop for some of the kids’ events at this year’s Dalkey Book Festival. The festival was held from 15-17th June and once again, Hughes and Hughes Dundrum were responsible for organising book sales for the busy lit-fest. We had the help of several enthusiastic volunteers from other branches too, including Steve and Paul from Santry. When...

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Walk Accompanied through Joycean Dublin this Bloomsday with JoyceWays

Posted by The Bookseller on 12 June 2012.

JoyceWays: THE ULYSSES iPHONE APP aims to make Joyce’s literature more accessible Anything that opens up books to raders is a good thing and a new smartphone app that has been developed by a group of James Joyce enthusiasts, aims to bring the world of Joycean Dublin to literary addicts and less scholarly types alike. Three years in the making, the project is being led by Joyce scholar Professor Joe Nugent, a native of Mullingar, who is a...

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Summer comes to the bookshop: it started with a sketch

Posted by The Bookseller on 31 May 2012.

Chris Mills of Hughes and Hughes Dundrum reveals there is more to book selling than book launches and pricing guns! If anyone had told me twenty years ago, that bookselling would involve playing with bits of coloured paper and cotton wool; I would have raised a gently inquiring eyebrow. These days I am more experienced in such creative matters. There are indeed times when it feels less like working in a bookshop and more like...

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A letter writing challenge from a bookseller’s perspective

Posted by The Bookseller on 12 February 2012.

I have Twitter to thank for my introduction to American writer Mary Robinette Kowal’s February letter writing challenge. This has a certain irony as my social media use has edged my letter writing into a smaller and smaller corner of my social interaction. Even my old pen friend in Lancashire now tends to receive more Facebook messages than proper letters. My only regular snail mail contacts are my parents and that is only because they choose...

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The Quiet Life in a Rural Bookshop

Posted by The Bookseller on 27 January 2012.

Sheelagh na Gig bookshop opened in late 2006 in a village in north Tipperary, selling books, music, art, and coffee from a tiny space in Cloughjordan, just across from St. Kieran’s Church of Ireland. Opening a bookshop in a village was not as lunatic as it sounds: Cloughjordan is the home of Ireland’s first ecovillag As well as doubling the population of Cloughjordan, the ecovillage will, in the long-term, generate significant tourist numbers in an...

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