Lovely Naomi
Happy Tricia
People too


Imagine a novel featuring an eclectic mix of characters like no other ever brought together. 

Here at Books@One, we’re privileged to interact with all the individuals who make the local community so vibrant,

diverse and friendly. Louisburgh is home to generations of families who have their deepest roots in this historic, beautiful

and, at times, dramatic location, in whom the history of the area is not just passed down by words spoken and written

– it’s genetic.


The community is comprised of locals who felt no need to go further than geographically necessary

(to quote one such wonderful character who, upon being complimented by a visitor on the beautiful view of Clare Island from his doorstep and asked had he been across to it, replied, ‘Sure why would I? Can’t I see it from here?”),

those who ventured forth to experience other counties and countries and yet return either frequently or

permanently (such is the draw of the place), those who have decided to transplant themselves into

this beguiling part of Ireland from all walks of life and all parts of the globe, short-term seasonal visitors and

those who migrate to the area as often as their “other” lives allow.


It’s an incredibly creative and sociable community, with an indecent amount of botanical, literary, artistic and

musical talent, holding one thing in common – an appreciation of where we are as well as a feeling of

belonging to a characterful and kind-hearted community.

This is our completely unbiased opinion.


Some of our locals share their Book Love...

A few Classics, some surprises and hopefully a little inspiration for your next read.

Books @ One asked the local people of Louisburgh and some other friends who have visited our lovely town in the past, to tell us their Top 10 Books of all time. The results were very interesting. Of course there are common titles we all love and most of us will have read but there are plenty some of us have never read.

So watch this space and see what we like to read in Louisburgh and if anything listed below piques your interest, we've most of the titles in stock, new or top quality second-hand.





1. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro

2. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov

3. American Pastoral - Philip Roth

4. Rabbit at Rest - John Updike

5.Revolutionary Road - Richard Yates

6. Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro

7. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert

8. An Artist of the Floating World - Kazuo Ishiguro

9. Atomised - Michel Houellembecqq

10. An Age of Innocence - Edith Wharton


Local Artist

SOLAS Upstairs Gallery, Louisburgh

  1. Love in the time of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

  2. The Unconsoled - Kazuo Ishiguro

  3. Fingersmith - Sarah Waters

  4. Bel Canto - Ann Patchett

  5. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte

  6. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte

  7. The Third Policeman - Flann O'Brien

  8. House of Spirits - Isabel Allende

  9. Shipping News - Annie Prowx

  10. Atonement - Ian McEwan




  1. Room - Emma Donoghue

  2. Bel Canto - Ann Patchett

  3. All the Light we Cannot See - Anthony Doerr

  4. The Road - Cormac McCarthy

  5. The Art of Racing in the Rain - Garth Stein

  6. To Kill a Mocking Bird - Harper Lee

  7. The Secret Life of Bees - Sue Monk Kidd

  8. Water for Elephants - Sara Gruen

  9. The Book Thief - Markus Zusak

  10. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold​​​​​


Farmer, Former Construction Worker, Soldier & Engineer of Doughmakeon (Louisburgh) & Boston

  1. Night - Elis Wiesel

  2. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - James Joyce

  3. Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien

  4. Animal Farm - George Orwell

  5. The Odyssey - Homer

  6. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens

  7. In the Heart of the Sea Nathaniel Philbrick

  8. Cod - Mark Kurlansky

  9. The Glass Castle - Jeanette Walls​​​​

  10. So Martin only had 9 - Just checking you're paying attention...​


Books@One Staff 


  1. Lord of the Rings Trilogy (& The Hobbit!) - J.R.R. Tolkien

  2. Gulliver's Travels - Jonathan Swift

  3. House of Spirits - Isabel Allende

  4. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte

  5. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden

  6. His Dark Materials Trilogy - Phillip Pullman

  7. The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed out of the Window and Disappeared - Jonas Jonasson 

  8. Without Feathers - Woody Allen

  9. Boy/Going Solo - Roald Dahl

  10. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller

Disclaimer - list order and content liable to change as often as the weather - there are SO many good books




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