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Books recommended on East Coast The Morning Show with Declan Meehan

Newly published books:

  • Memory Wood by Sam Loyd – fast paced, an addictive kidnap-survival thriller
  • Saving Missy by Beth Morrey – This is a story about love, friendship, memory, sacrifice and  loneliness. Beautifully written it is heartbreaking and heartwarming

Old Favourites

  • Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean Auel – Leave the 21st century and go back to Ice Age Europe. Follow Ayla, a Homo Sapien child who loses her parents in an earthquake and is adopted by a tribe of Neanderthal, the Clan. See how the Clan’s wary suspicion is gradually transformed into acceptance of this girl, so different from them, under the guidance of its medicine woman Iza and its wise holy man Creb.
  • Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts – based on an extraordinary true story of eight years in the Bombay underworld. ‘In the early 80s, Gregory David Roberts, an armed robber and heroin addict, escaped from an Australian prison to India, where he lived in a Bombay slum. There, he established a free health clinic and also joined the mafia, working as a money launderer, forger and street soldier.
  • Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver – The story is told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce, evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them everything they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it – from garden seeds to Scripture – is calamitously transformed on African soil.
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Petticoat Pilots – Bookshop talk March 5th 2020 Free event, Booking essential

Irish woman were flying the skies before their sisters on the ground were able to vote. Join us in the bookshop  on March 5th to hear Michael Traynor tell their stories.

Wine reception 7pm talk starts 7.30 sharp

Book free place now

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Second performance Songs for a Winter Night Friday January 17th

We are delighted to announce that a second performance of Songs for a Winter Night will take place on January 17th at 7.30pm (mulled wine reception at 7.00pm).  Places are going fast so  BOOK NOW online or by phoning the shop on 045857730

An evening of seasonal music, poetry, laughter and prose from the pens of Patrick Kavanagh, Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, Mary Oliver and Laurie Lee, with new work from Angela Keogh and John MacKenna and music penned by the Fleet Foxes, Jackson Brown, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchel

Shane Sullivan (guitar & vocals), Angela Keogh and John MacKenna

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Songs for a Winter Night – SOLD OUT

We no longer have any tickets available for January 11th 2020  Please phone the bookshop on 045857730 if you would like to add your name to a waiting list

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Author Ken Boyle, Thursday 31st October, Drinks 7.00pm – Talk 7.30pm

Ken Boyle, Author of ‘The Murder of Dr Muldoon’ will be reading from his book on the evening of October 31st. His book is a true crime story, set in Ireland in 1923. Scandal and never-ending twists and turns will keep you sitting on the edge of your seat!! Perfect for Halloween!

dr bookWine reception at 7pm with the reading beginning at 7.30pm.

This is a free event but as always booking is essential!

Book Now!

 

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Author Paul Fitzsimons. Tuesday October 29th,Drinks 7.00pm – Talk 7.30pm.

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In conjunction with Irish Book Week, we are delighted to welcome Naas author Paul Fitzsimons to The  Blessington Bookstore to read from his debut novel Burning Matches.

Burning Matches is receiving fantastic reviews so we are very excited about this event!

This event takes place on Tuesday 29th October. There is a free wine reception at 7.00pm and the talk will begin at 7.30pm. Admission is free but booking is essential.

Book here

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An Irishman in Antarctica by John MacKenna. Drinks at 7pm – Show at 7.30pm

To kick startimage the celebrations of Irish Book Week we have a truly wonderful event for you!

An Irishman in Antarctica is an intriguing talk by Sir Ernest Shackleton (John MacKenna) on his life and Antarctic adventures. With music by singer/songwriter Mick Hanly this is a night not to be missed!

This event takes place on Saturday, October 26th. Wine reception at 7pm with the show beginning at 7.30pm sharp.

Tickets €10  Buy Tickets

 

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School Books ordering now closed

School book ordering is now closed for this year – we do have  a number of titles still in stock so if you are missing some books drop in and we will see if we can help.

A big thank you to all who ordered their books online with us.  A percentage of all that you spent will be rebated to your school reinvesting in our children’s education and our community.

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Colm O’Regan Live in Blessington June 20th Drinks 7.00pm Talk 7.30

We are delighted to welcome Colm O’Regan to Blessington to read from his new novel ‘Ann Devine, Ready for her Close Up’

Admission is free but is strictly a ticket only event so book early

Book Now

‘It’s hard to write a book that’s funny the whole way through, consistently funny with belly laughs … but Colm has done that‘ Aine Toner, Ireland AM

Laugh-out-loud‘ Irish Daily Mail’

O’Regan taps into the wild, weird and woolly‘ RTE Guide

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Book Suggestions from the Blessington Bookstore

Age 6+ The Adventures of Johnny Magory  by Emma Jane Leeson

Irish author – stories about Johnny who goes into a magical world where he can play with the animals.  Supported by many activities on the Johnny Magory website which are designed to get children outside playing in the garden.

Buy Johnny Magory In The Magical Wild

Buy Johnny Magory and the Game of Rounders

 

Age 7-8  The Accidental Prime Minister  by Tom McLaughlin

Aoibheann, age 8:

I found this book to be very funny and entertaining. It took me two days to read it – I could not leave it down. I would give it 9/10

Buy now

Age 9-12  The World of Supersaurs  by Jay Jay Burridge

Charlie,  Age 10:

This was a super book. I loved the story and the secrets behind it.  I really liked the appendix at the end which had lots of interesting facts about different types of dinosaurs. I would give it a 8 and a half out of ten.

Buy now

Age 9-12  A Place Called Perfect  by Helena Duggan

Mia 12 : I absolutely loved this book. It grabbed my attention from the very first page. If you like mystery, adventure and thrillers, then you’re in luck, this is the perfect book for you.

Buy now

Age 14 + Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

Niamh:

A touching and moving story about a young girl grieving for her brother and the power of first love. Based around a bookstore where people left letters for their loved ones in books that had influenced them in different ways

Buy now

Age 15 + The Wren Hunt by Mary Watson

Katie:

Immediately captivating! This book skillfully created a mystical world full of webs and patterns that invited me into their mystery and thrills.

I couldn’t keep the pages turning fast enough to keep up with my mind as I tried to figure out what was coming next.

Buy now

Mindfully Me Series by Louise Shanagher  3 books that help younger children deal with issues such as anxiety, self-confidence and identifying/expressing feelings.

Buy Book 1 It’s Always There

Buy Book 2 Where is Happy

Buy Book 3 Look Who’s Here

 

Barrington Stokes – Publisher of ‘Super Readable’ books for reluctant readers.  One example:

Pike by Anthony McGowan   which has a storyline that would interest a teenager, but is written to be accessible to someone with a reading age of 9

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