Remembering Michael O’Brien

When a beloved figure in their eighties dies, family, friends and colleagues are left with a sense of loss and sadness. But when Michael O’Brien died last month, the publishing and children’s books communities in Ireland were not only bereft but were rocked by shock. Michael O’Brien simply wasn’t supposed to die. He was not so much driven by the life force like the rest of us — he seemed actually to embody the life force.

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A look at bookshops in Ireland and France

Bonjour!  Jen Campbell’s The Bookshop Book, Roger Michell’s Notting Hill, Isabel Coixet’s The Bookshop, Jenny Colgan’s The Bookshop on the Corner … Bookstores and booksellers are not only in the streets but also on our shelves and our screens … Last week many real-life bookshops across Ireland welcomed customers into their stores for the first Continue Reading →

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Not one, but two rentrées littéraires!

Bonjour! Today, I’d like to kick off this series of blog posts with an article that will help you understand what happens in French bookshops each year. Rentrée littéraire d’automne: the traditional publishing boom Like every other country, France has its own characteristics when it comes to publishing. One of these is the rentrée littéraire, Continue Reading →

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