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Now don’t go to any bother….

Sure anything will do kids – you know yourselves.  A bit of breakfast in bed wouldn’t go amiss and sure if the car was all nice and clean when I go out, wouldn’t that be grand? Don’t be wasting your money on those auld cards from the petrol station never mind those unfortunate flowers that would be dead before I got them in a vase. The presents that really count are the ones that only cost time……

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A smile for you on a wet day (from someone who is ‘spelling challenged’…

The European Commission has just announced an agreement whereby English will be the official language of the European Union rather than German, which was the other possibility.

As part of the negotiations, the British and Irish Governments have conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a 5- year phase-in plan that would become known as ‘Euro-English’.

In the first year, ‘s’ will replace the soft ‘c’. Sertainly, this will make the sivil servants jump with joy. The hard ‘c’ will be dropped in favour of ‘k’. This should klear up konfusion, and keyboards kan have one less letter. There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year when the troublesome ‘ph’ will be replaced with ‘f’. This will make words like fotograf 20% shorter.

In the 3rd year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expekted to reach the stage where! more komplikated changes are possible.

Governments will enkourage the removal of double letters which have always ben a deterent to akurate speling.

Also, al wil agre that the horibl mes of the silent ‘e’ in the languag is disgrasful and it should go away.

By the 4th yer people wil be reseptiv to steps such as
replasing ‘th’ with ‘z’ and ‘w’ with ‘v’.

During ze fifz yer, ze unesesary ‘o’ kan be dropd from vordskontaining ‘ou’ and after ziz fifz yer, ve vil hav a reil sensibl riten styl.

Zer vil be no mor trubl or difikultis and evrivun vil find it ezi tu understand ech oza. Ze drem of a united urop vil finali kum tru.

Und efter ze fifz yer, ve vil al be speking German like zey vunted in ze forst plas.

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The Lakes are 75 years old

To mark the 75th anniversary of the Blessington Lake, we are offering a Free copy of The Four Stone Tree by Vincent Byrne with every copy Beneath the Poulaphuca Reservoir edited by Chris Corlett.


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Truth is stranger than fiction……

‘I don’t read’ says yer man. He does of course – he just doesn’t like stories about things that didn’t happen. He likes to learn something while he reads. So for the non fiction reader in your life, a selection:

Do No Harm : Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery– Henry Marsh
‘My very sense of self… in fact the electrochemical chatter of a hundred billion nerve cells’ Henry Marsh is a brain surgeon – his mistakes can cost people their lives, or disable them. Despite this he has to continue to operate, saving and helping hundreds, with the potential always there that a slip could be catastrophic. Real life stories give an insight to a very humane man doing a difficult job.

The Legendary ‘Lugs’ Branigan – Ireland’s most famous Garda – Kevin C. Kearns
An unlikely hero, he was a gangly tall youth with big ears that was bullied as a teenager. He took up boxing as part of Garda training and became heavy weight champion. He had an uncanny sixth sense – he could grasp the essence of a situation – could ‘see into the soul’ and knew when a clatter and a warning would do more good than arresting. He was a champion of women and saved many a battered woman who could not seek solace from church or state.
As well as a biography, this is a fascinating social history of Dublin from 1930 to 1960

The Last Armada – Des Ekin
Did you know that Kinsale in the year 1600 was a wine importing town? And the resulting wine cellars played a significant role in the siege. Or that the victorious English lost so many men Mountjoy commented that they would have to stop winning wars like that. This is our book of the year, though be prepared for the person you give it to insisting on reading out bits to you.

Not my Fathers’s Son – a Family Memoir – Alan Cumming
Lovers of Eli in The Good Wife, Alan Cumming may be surprised to hear he is Scottish. He tells his story with a good feel for drama and no self-pity. He grew up with a violent father and without going into much detail as to the nature of the physical abuse, he manages to convey the feelings of terror, shame and worthlessness that he endured. The book is centred around the filming of an episode of ‘Who do you think you are’ – which is about Alan’s maternal grandfather who disappeared after the second world war and later died in an accidental shooting.
In the middle of it all Alan’s older brother phones to tell him that their father had revealed a shocking secret.
Well written book about a personal journey, coming to terms with the past in order to be fully alive in the future. It also gives an Interesting glimpse into the life of a celebrity, and the damage media intrusion can do.

Joan of Arc
This is not historical fiction – extrapolating from few facts known about Joan but a scholoraly well researched piece of work. The first third of the book deals with the 14 years before Joan apprears – understanding the view of God in war is essential to understanding Joan.
The French felt deserted by God – after suffered humiliating defeats and the country was roughly divided in two – English Henry V heir by treaty/Charles 7th in South – and a deadly civil war waged between them.
Onto this stage a peasant girl arrives on horseback in boys clothes saying she has heard the voice of God telling her that she will drive the English from France.
Her skill on the battlefield and her courage inspired the French – turned tide in their favour. She was captured in 1431 and the first trial was about proving her voices were demonic. The offence of wearing men’s clothes was part of the decision to burn her at the stake.
In 1455 when Charles takes throne – he felt in the shadow of her heresy so a new posthumous trial was instigated to clear her name.
Joan of Arc was canonised in 1920

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Getting in touch with your inner sloth….

The time to relax is when you don’t have the time to relax!!!

Reading a good book is the best way of living in the NOW – body, mind and soul in perfect harmony. Don’t waste reading time – get a book personally chosen for you in your nearest indie bookstore


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School book orders are now closed

We do still have a good selection of school books and stationery for all the local schools – we just will not be able to reorder any books that are out of stock.

Open Mon to Sat 9.00 to 5.30 and Sunday 11-4

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Book of the Month

Read our Recommendations for the month of May on our ‘Reader’s Review‘ page

Fault in our Stars


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Pyjama Party Success!

THANK YOU to everyone who made last night’s Pyjama Party and author reading with Benji Bennett such a great success, especially the local businesses who donated prizes for our Barretstown Raffle.

Benji Photo

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Pyjama party on World Book Night – Wednesday April 23

To celebrate winning ‘Independent Bookshop of the Year 2014′, we are holding a pyjama party on Wednesday 23rd April, 7:00pm-9:00pm.

Come and meet our Children’s author and bring your second hand books to swap. There will be a raffle in aid of Barretstown and lots of special offers. FREE hot chocolate for those who come in their pyjamas!  See you there.

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Some days are just Golden

I was in Amsterdam to visit my sons when the news came through that we had won the regional final of the Booksellers Independent Bookshop of the Year award. Suddenly the sun was warmer on my back, the cherry trees were full of blossom and anything was possible!

There will always be trials and tribulations in business, but for a wonderful, golden day, the hope, the passion and the joy were all that mattered.

Thank you to Booksellers, and to our staff and loyal, enthusiastic customers who make us what we are.

PS  Found my all time favourite chocolate on special offer today – when you’re winning….

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