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Songs for a Winter Night – January 11 2020 at 7pm in The Blessington Bookstore

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,

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

Tickets €10  including mulled wine  Buy Tickets

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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!

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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.

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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

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‘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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Thrillers of the Year

The Missing Ones Patricia Gibney

First in a series of 5 books – our best selling Irish thriller writer this year.  Well devised plots with interesting believable characters

The Whisperer  Donato Carrisi

You heard it here first – the lovers of Scandinavian crime writers should look to Italy..  Thought provoking page turner – lots of twists and turns that – impossible to guess the ending.  Readers will want to read more by this author

Psychological Thriller of the Year

Tell me you are Mine  Elisabeth Noreback

Where is the line between hope and madness? Stella’s baby disappeared on a beach and it never found.  Twenty years later, Stella is a successful therapist. A new patient walks into her office whom Stella comes to believe is her daughter

Literary Fiction

Three Things About Elsie  Joanna Cannon

Joanna Cannon has a unique literary voice and this story about Florence, the 84 year old resident in a nursing home, is heart warming and engaging. Not a setting that you might expect to appeal, but the exploration of human nature and coming to peace with ourselves will stay with you long after you have finished the book.

Beartown  Frederick Backman  and the sequel Us Against You

The story of a small town at the edge of a deep forest, where Ice Hockey is at the centre of everything that happens, everything that matters.  The characters and their dilemmas are very real – a stunning portray of different people who are neither all bad or good.  For the time it takes you to read this book you belong to that town, to those families.

‘Left Field’ reads

I Still Dream  James Smythe

An excellent book about artificial intelligence, how close it can get to ‘being human’ and also how far it can stray.  Presents ideas that are plausible if not probable in next few years. Having read it you may wish to turn off your phone….

Circe  (pronounced Keerkay ) by Madeline Miller

Circe was the goddess of sorcery and this story is told through her eyes – a fascinating and intriguing story of mythology and magic will keep you turning the pages right till the end.

Non Fiction

The Shoemaker and his Daughter  Conor O’Clery

Many of us would have heard stories about what life was like in communist Russia.  This book is a well written true account of Conor’s in-laws – the life they led and the challenges they faced.  It takes us through the rise of capitalism and life in Russia today.

Butterfly  Yusra Mardini

Yusra Mardini was trained in swimming with support from  Syrian Olympic Committee after the bombing of their house they fled Syria in 2015.  The motor in boat they were being smuggled to Greece in seized and began to take on water.  Yusra, her sister and two other swimmers pushed the boat for over 3 hours until it reached land.  She took part in the 2016 Olympics and now lives in Germany “Being a refugee is not a choice. Our choice is to die at home or risk death trying to escape.”

Sports Book of the Year

 The Jersey : The All Blacks: The Secrets Behind the World’s Most Successful Team  Peter Bills

Our  best selling sports book this year , this book asks how a country of 4.8 million could produce a team with the best winning record on the planet.  Irish rugby fans will be pleased to know that the last page of the book is blank – where we can write a postscript…

Children’s Books

Picture books younger children

Wild Tribe Heroes – three picture books for children by Ellie Jackson and Liz Oldmeadow about the dangers facing the environment

Adam Saves the Seasons Benji Bennett

Latest in the series of beautifully illustrated books by Irish author – 2% of proceeds goes to Barnardos.  We love this series because it celebrates the best gift of all – spending time reading with our children. Last page of book:

‘While you drift off to sleep remember one thing

You are my Summer my Autumn my Winter and Spring

You are the wind in my hair and the sun on my face

I bid you sweet dreams, my love, with this goodnight embrace’

Children 7-8

Me and Mister P Maria Farrer

There are times when only a Polar Bear will do.. Arthur just wants an ordinary family.  Who would think that taking in a polar bear to the house would help?  Great illustrations – perfect for emerging readers

 Children 9-12

Trials of Apollo : The Burning Maze  Rick Riordan

As punishment Apollo is turned into a human and cast down to earth where he has to survive as a regular teenager in New York.   Latest in Percy Jackson series and a firm favourite

Young Adult  11+

Midnight

Irish author Derek Landy latest book in the Skulduggery Pleasant series is selling very well – a great series for boys and girls who have got out of the way of reading

Young Adult  16+

Words in Deep Blue  Cath Crowley

Moving story about a girl grieving  her brother – and falling in love for the first time. Based around a bookstore where people leave letters for their loved ones in the pages of books that had influenced them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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School book orders closed

School book orders are now closed.  We do still have some copies of the books for each school so if you still need books drop in to the shop.

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Harry Potter Quiz – The Results!

Thanks again to Liz and Anna White for the great questions, and Declan Naugthon for delivering them so well.  And of course to all those muggles who made it a great day!

Table Score
1 70
2 70
3 62
4 68
5 66
6 63
7 71
8 63
9 53
10 58
11 61
12 57
13 65
14 64
16 60
17 65
18 57
19 56
20 63
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