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How Did I Get Here? (A Bookish Journey)

Two roads diverge in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveller, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth. The Road Less Taken by Robert Frost It's amazing how a wrong turn can sometimes lead you to all the right places. Take Robert Frost's poem for instance. He was a man who understood the impact that random choice can have on your life. Happen’chance and life’s directional mysteries. No stranger to such mysteries is Books@One’s manager Neil Paul. He happened upon the sleepy town of Louisburgh some 21 years ago through pure chance and one wrong turn. (How fortunate are we). He and his wife Brid ambled along by the coas

C’est La Vie – The Life of a Little Book Shop.

Did you know that October is Bookshop Month – the time to support your local bookstore? As if you needed an excuse! At Books@One this month we are singing our own praises and also promoting October’s book of the month. We normally like to support our local heroes (Did you hear that Mayo lady Elizabeth Reapy won the Rooney Prize for literature? Her book Red Dirt was our book of the month earlier this year.) However, this time we are going a little further afield - to Paris to be exact. The Little Paris Bookshop is a book written by German author Nina George. It has been translated into 28 languages and sold more than 500,000 copies. Ms. George is a prolific writer who has published 26 books (

McInerney Makes a Mark

Hello Readers, Good writers can dismantle stereotypes. A character like Ryan Cusack can make you confront and reassess certain beliefs you may be harbouring. McInerney’s teenage protagonist certainly made me sit up and pay attention. He’s made it safely into the catalogue of characters that have left an indelible mark on me. Some characters are blessed with such vitality that they seem to transition from page to flesh. Drugs and brutality are bread and butter to the characters in ‘The Glorious Heresies’ whose ragged lives revolve around the highs and lows they face by the murky river Lee. McInerney’s exposé highlighted a side of Ireland that's often neglected in our modern, progressive natio

Switch On to Culture - Books@One

Culture Night 2017 in County Mayo saw a range of events across the county. The theme this year was ‘Switch On’ to culture. The night is where venues and public spaces across the island of Ireland open their doors to host a programme of free late-night entertainment. This is part of an all-island celebration of art, heritage and culture. This is the thirteenth year of Culture Night in Ireland and 2017 is the biggest programme to date. Books@One hosted a golden event in Louisburgh, County Mayo to celebrate Mayo’s Culture Night 2017. There was much secrecy in Books@One H.Q. these last few days as sticky tape and ribbon were needed in abundance. Several choice books were wrapped in secret and ad

Back After the Summer Break Folks!

We are back to the books after a summer break! Up for discussion at the latest Books@One book club meeting was Stephen King’s ‘The Dark Tower’, the first of eight books in the series. When you examine the diversity of material that King has produced over his career, it is a remarkable achievement for one author. This is the man who has gifted us ‘Shawshank Redemption’, ‘The Shining’, ‘The Green Mile’ and ‘It’ to name but a few. King’s books have sold over 350 million copies and many have been adapted into films. The Dark Tower introduces us to the setting and characters of Mid -World where we follow Roland Deschain, the last gunslinger, in his mission to track down The Man in Black before he

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