Month: June 2010

July Meeting

For our book club meeting on Wed July 7th, we read Ghost Light by Joseph O’Connor. Jacket synopsis: It’s Dublin 1907, a city of whispered rumours. A young actress begins an affair with a damaged older man, the leading playwright at the theatre where she works. Rebellious and flirtatious, Molly Allgood is a girl of …

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The Twin wins the IMPAC

Debut novelist Gerbrand Bakker won the IMPAC literary award presented last night in Dublin for his novel The Twin. The Dutch writer shares the 100,000 euro prize with his translator, David Colmer, who receives 25,000 euro. The IMPAC Dublin award is based on nominations from worldwide public libraries. Judge and author Anne Fine said of The …

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Best New Bookshop

We are delighted to have been awarded the Best New Shop in the Top 5 Bookshops outside the City Centre by The Dubliner magazine. [The Company of Books] have a smart, high-minded selection, with the emphasis on lost masterpieces recently returned to print. Browsing recently I discovered a new edition of ‘Beautiful Losers’, Leonard Cohen’s …

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The Lacuna wins the Orange

Barbara Kingsolver’s The Lacuna was the surprise winner of The Orange Prize for Fiction 2010 at last night’s ceremony in London. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel was hotly tipped to win, but Kingsolver scooped the £30,000 award with her story set in Mexico. Daisy Goodwin, chair of the judges for the Orange Prize said of …

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