Parsons, one of Europe’s most famous literary establishments from 1949 to 1989, becomes a bookshop again for one night only this coming Monday 17th September, from 6pm.
Now an FBD insurance office, the shop on the crest of Baggot Street’s canal bridge was home-from-home for local writers Brendan Behan, Patrick Kavanagh and Frank O’Connor.Other regulars included Maeve Binchy, Mary Lavin, Flann O’Brien, Ben Kiely and Seamus Heaney.
It will now host the launch of Princess of the Orient, a new book by IWU member Brendan Lynch, who also wrote the history of Parsons. Brendan’s novel tells the story of a down-at-heel Dublin writer who renews himself in the kinder climate of Thailand and the Philippines, where romantic encounters and stimulating new acquaintances restore his joie de vivre.
Now 81 and author of eight books, Brendan Lynch knew most of Dublin’s writers of the 1950s, including Brendan Behan, J P Donleavy and Patrick Kavanagh.
Further information is available from Brendan at 01 830 2511.
You can order a copy of Princess of the Orient here.