Sunday, March 27, 2011


VILLAGE BOOKS is now full to the brim of all kinds of summer time activity gifts for kids! From butterfly nets and gardening tools, to volcano building kits and mold and paint glitter eggs, you'll find the perfect gift to suit any child.

Saturday, March 26, 2011


At the last meeting of the VILLAGE BOOKS Book Club great discussuion ensued from the book of the month, 'When a Crocodile Eats The Sun' by Peter Godwin.

Godwin is an award winning journalist who grew up in Zimbabwe and this is an autobiography covering ten years from 1996. Now living in America, he travels back to Zimbabwe at regular intervials to visit his parents. Through his eyes, you see the increaing chaos in Zimbabwe with rapid inflation, land seizures and the possibility of famine. His parents, as they age, undergo the privation caused by the instability of the regime of Robert Mugabe.

The group found it to be a most interesting story filling in the background of the present crisis in Zimbabwe. It showed the author's love of his homeland in Africa and his sense of sadness and loss at what was happening to his people.

The next meeting of the Book Club will take place on Tuesday the 5th April at 6.30pm. The book we are reading for this month is 'Caribou Island' by David Vann.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Village Books wins Best Shop Front 2011

Village Books won the Malahide Chamber of Commerce prize for Best Shop Front in Malahide 2011. We are delighted thanks to the Chamber of Commerce.

Monday, March 21, 2011


My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok explores a Hasidic Jewish community in post war New York and the conflicts the central character, a burgeoning young artist, creates and feels. The protagonist describes his young life in a very enclosed community and how his artistic talent and its pursuit cause strife and anguish for those around him. It begins with:

My name is Asher Lev, the Asher Lev, about whom you have read in newspapers and magazines,
about whom you talk so much at your dinner affairs and cocktail parties, the notorious and legendary Lev of the Brooklyn Crucifix. I am an observant Jew. Yes, of course, observant Jews do not paint crucifixions. As a matter of fact, observant Jews do not paint at all--in the way that I am painting.

This is a compelling and profoundly interesting semi-autobiographical book which gives deep insights into the lives of the Hasidic Jews, as well as the world of art. Its characters all seem to be either martyrs to their own compulsions and strict beliefs, or to the people around. While these characters can sometimes be hard to identify with, they are portrayed by the author with a certain amount of pained love, which delivered through the first person narrative makes the relationships intimate, believable and human.

A thoroughly well written and good read.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

The 2011 ORANGE Prize for Fiction Longlist

Lyrics Alley by Leila Aboulela

Jamrach's Menagerie by Carol Birch

Room by Emma Donoghue

The Pleasure Seekers by Tishani Doshi

Whatever You Love by Louise Doughty

A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna

The London Train by Tessa Hadley

Grace Williams Says it Loud by Emma Henderson

The Seas by Samantha Hunt

The Birth of Love by Joanna Kavenna

Great House by Nicole Krauss

The Road to Wanting by Wendy Law-Yone

The Tiger's Wife by Téa Obreht

The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer

Repeat it Today with Tears by Anne Peile

Swamplandia! by Karen Russell

The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives by Lola Shoneyin

The Swimmer by Roma Tearne

Annabel by Kathleen Winter

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Sunday, March 6, 2011

EVENTS UPDATE - World Book Night

Check out our website which now features an "Events" page. The lastest coverage is of World Book Day and our World Book Night reception.

Click here to view

Friday, March 4, 2011

WORLD BOOK NIGHT - Saturday 5th March

 The first World Book Night takes place this year. To celebrate, Emma Walsh, a World Book Night ‘giver’ is giving away FREE copies of Heaney's poetry. 

Join us in the bookshop on Saturday 5th March at 5.30pm when you can peruse the shelves with a glass of wine and collect your World Book Night book!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011


Thursday 3rd March

This month, all school children will receive the annual World Book Day Vouchers. These vouchers are worth €1.50 and children can use them in exchange for a FREE World Book Day Book or to contribute to the cost of a book of their choice. Village Books is stocking all the World Book Day books so pop in to collect yours!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin

CROOKED LETTER CROOKED LETTER TPB   Look at the great review of this book (which I reviewed some weeks ago) in the Weekend Supplement of the Irish Times to quote "a novel that is an early contender for one of the great novels of the year".  I couldn't agree more.  This review is buried in Declan Burkes, Crime Beat, it deserves greater acknowledgement.