Friday, August 06, 2010

The Company of Books

Here's the second of an occasional series on Dublin's good independent bookshops, following the first on The Gutter Bookshop.

The Company of Books opened on Ranelagh's main street last November. It's a small space, but perfectly formed, with an elegant frontage (pictured). The books are well-presented, mostly single copies which have clearly been selected by an informed and discriminating eye. We spotted two interesting new novels, Emma Donoghue's Booker longlisted Room (likely to make quite a stir over coming months), and Catherine O'Flynn's The News Where You Are (we previously recommended her first novel What Was Lost). A couple more interesting ones - Sybille Bedford's intriguing Jigsaw: an unsentimental education, elegantly reissued by Eland Books, and Joe Moran's On Roads - a hidden history.

You're spoilt for choice for good coffee shops and lunch places in Ranelagh; Eatery 120 is very good and very close to The Company of Books. Excellent places, both.

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