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Any readers visiting Lagos in Portugal will be delighted to find a wonderful second hand bookshop called “The Owl Story” which offers a huge range of very reasonably priced second hand books across many genres.

The couple running the bookshop are as interesting as the shop itself. John and Christine Westropp are happy to share their own story with customers and it is a fascinating one which I will leave you to discover for yourself! 

One snippet of their story is their connection to Ireland. It appears that one of John’s ancestors (M.S.D. Westropp) wa...

‘Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both’  

Frost

Stoner is a novel written in 1955 by American John Edward Williams. It was fifty years after publication that this novel, often categorised as an academic novel, became a bestseller. John McGahern (renowned Irish writer- shortlisted for the Man Booker for ‘Amongst Women’) recommended the novel to Vintage Press in 2003 and by 2013 The Guardian hailed it as the ‘must-read novel of 2013’.

The critic Morris Dickstein called Stoner ‘something rarer than a great novel- it is a pe...

Hello readers,

When you book your seat on a flight, from the comfort of your couch no less, do you ever pause and consider the marvel that is air travel? Do we ever stop and think just how far we’ve come? It’s a long cry certainly from the flight across the Atlantic Ocean that Alcock and Brown took.

Colum McCann captures the bone rattling intensity and magic of those hours of madness as two men, survivors of war, took to the clouds; this time to face an adversary of a different kind. What must have gone through Brown’s mind as he repeatedly left his s...

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