Monday, June 28, 2010

Book Review: A Reliable Wife

Book Review: The Reliable Wife
Country Businessman seeks Reliable Wife. Compelled by practical reasons. Reply by letter.

Rural Wisconsin, 1907. In the bitter cold Ralph Truitt stands alone on a train platform waiting for the woman who answered his newspaper advertisement. But when Catherine steps of the train she's not the 'simple honest' woman Ralph is expecting. For she is motivated by greed. But what Catherine has not counted on is that Ralph might have plans of his own for his new wife...

Two of us bookshop ladies (and we're using the term 'ladies' loosely!) have read this and we both really liked it. It's probably not the ideal book to read in sunny weather as it's set in coldest, darkest Wisconsin in the depths of Winter but, as Siobhan quite cleverly points out to me, that makes the lust in the book seem much warmer, and boy is it lusty! It's beautifully written, very atmospheric, slowly and considerately developed, quite poetic at times even.
It is a make-up, in a way, of the seven deadly sins, exhibited by both the main characters, whom you may believe at first are quite clearly delineated in their 'goodness' or badness' but very soon you realise nothing or no one is as simple is that. Rather it's a tangled web of lust, vanity, greed and deceit and depicts how ambition, motivation and desire can lead a person astray.
It's a tale of lonlieness and love, but not traditional love as you expect in movies and literature, more a gothic, wicked and tense love affair that, in many ways, is more real, than what we're accustomed to.
This book deserves it's place on the shelf of American Literature.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

The TV Book Club

The TV Book Club is back.

The first of the new eight part series airs tonight, Sunday 27th of June on More 4. Jo Brand and Dave Spikey, along with other celebrity guests, will guide you through this summers top reads.

Below are their top eight which will be reviewed week by week.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

The Man Who Disappeared by Clare Morrall

The Legacy by Katherine Webb

The Bed I Made by Lucie Whitehouse

Stone's Fall by Iain Pears

Ellis Island by Kate Kerrigan

The Devil's Acre by Matthew Plampin

The Weight Of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf

To find out more visit

Saturday, June 26, 2010

The Executor by Jesse Kellerman

Things aren't going well for Joseph Geist. He's broke. His graduate school advisor won't talk to him.

And his girlfriend has kicked him out of her apartment, leaving him homeless and alone. It's a tough spot for a philosopher to be in, and he's ready to give up all hope of happiness when an ad in the local paper catches his eye. 'Conversationalist wanted', it reads.

Which sounds perfect to Joseph. After all, he's never done anything in his life except talk. And the woman behind the ad turns out to be the perfect employer: brilliant, generous, and willing to pay him for making conversation.

Before long, Joseph has moved in with her, and has begun to feel very comfortable in her big, beautiful house. So comfortable, in fact, that he would do anything to stay there?forever.

Sunday, June 20, 2010


VILLAGE BOOKS held its first Junior Book Club meeting this week. The shop was full of enthusiastic book lovers from Oliver Plunkett’s, St. Andrew's and St. Helen’s. They were all more than willing to share their opinions on David Walliam’s, The Boy in the Dress.

The meeting wrapped up with a discussion on their favourite books and what they would like to read over the summer. Together, they came up with this list:

For kids aged between 8 and 10:

- How to Train Your Dragon
by Ceressida Cowell

- Mr. Stink
by David Walliams

- Timecatcher
by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick

- Which Witch
by Eva Ibbotson

- Wilma Tenderfoot and the Case of the Frozen Heart
by Emma Kennedy

For kids aged between 10 and 12:

- Goodnight Mister Tom
by Michelle Magorian

- Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief
by Rick Riordan

- Skulduggery Pleasant
by Derek Landy

- There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom
by Louis Sachar

- Timecatcher
by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick

To find out more about the VILLAGE BOOKS JUNIOR BOOK CLUB email us at, call us on 845 5073 or drop into the shop.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Gerbrand Bakker wins the Impact Prize for his novel "The Twin"

Gerbrand Bakker wins the Impact Prize for his novel "The Twin". Read Eileen Battersby's article:

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Village Books is one of the top five bookshops outside the city centre as awarded by The Dubliner Magazine

Village Books are thrilled that the Dubliner magazine has awarded us the "best bookshop up north" You can get The Dubliner magazine free with The Evening Herald on a Thursaday or purchase in all newsagents.

This is what they wrote:
Townyard Lane, Malahide, County Dublin. 8455073,

Located on the sweet and cheerful slopes of Malahide, this busy, family-oriented shop has a cute atmosphere. It’s the sort of place that
encourages its staff to recommend their favourite
books each month via handwritten notes, and
they will arrange book-based events for your
school or fair. The website introduces a team
of sunny staff: like Peter, a genial fellow with a
greying moustache, who “enjoys reading nonfi
ction, Irish interest and is a sudoku and puzzle
nut!” There are generous amounts of grown-up
novels, and the presence of several dedicated
booklovers on staff means the stock is up-todate
too, with enough classics and hot-to-trot
bestsellers. Just what you want in a village shop."

The full article from the Dubliner

Click below to read the full article from the Dubliner

Sunday, June 13, 2010


For recommendations or suggestions for you or your book club, register for the
Village Books Ezine today.

Leave your email address with us and we’ll update you every month with the latest releases, our books of the month and ideas for up and coming occasions.

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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Village Books at the Malahide Market

Village Books is at the new market on the green in Malahide today. Come down and visit us! Our new Malahide Calendar is hot off the press. Holly the book shop dog is working hard.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

THE BOY IN THE DRESS by David Walliams

It looks like a Roald Dahl book. It sounds like a Roald Dahl book. It reads like a Roald Dahl book. But it is not a Roald Dahl book. It’s The Boy in the Dress by David Walliams, of Little Britain fame.

Dennis is 12. He goes to school. He plays football. He likes to wear dresses.

Yes, Dennis is far from your typical adolescent. Once he crosses that line from what is expected and acceptable to what is unknown and slightly insane, his world is filled with endless possibilities.

Led astray by Vogue magazine and Lisa, fashion designer in the making, Dennis finds out how fulfilling it is to follow your dreams. But of course, there are lots of bumps and sore feet to suffer along the way.

The Boy in the Dress is a heart-warming tale, full of inspired ideas and hilarious circumstances. And, it is our choice for this month’s Junior Book Club.

The Junior Book Club will be meeting on Thursday the 17th of July at 4pm in the shop. If you would like to register your child or for more information why not pop into the shop, give us a call (845 5073) or send us an email at