Charlie Byrne's

Charlie Byrne's
Charlie Byrne’s
Welcome to Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop, who can be found at Middle Street, Galway (And other locations in Ireland)

Welcome to Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop! Located in the heart of Galway City, we stock over 100,000 new, bargain and secondhand books on subjects ranging from literary fiction to Irish interest to art and archaeology.

Middle Room and Penguin
Middle Room and Penguin
Brimming with books on every imaginable subject, Charlie Byrne’s is Ireland’s best-loved independent bookshop, and our Middle Street store is a browser’s paradise, spread over three thousand square feet.We sell a unique combination of high-quality used books, carefully selected bargain books at less than half the publisher’s retail price, and a selection of new books – including popular new titles, books of local interest, titles by local authors, and books specially recommended by staff members. We are well-known for our personalised customer service and our dedicated, knowledgeable staff of book lovers, who are always happy to help you find the book you’re looking for, or to special-order a title whenever possible.

We asked all the bookshops to answer three Christmas questions:

1. What is your favourite Christmas book?
Our favourite Christmas book is Bliain na nAmhrán by Tadgh Mac Dhonnagáin, a sumptuous hard-back collection of songs in Irish about the seasons but with particular emphasis on the holiday season.

2. What books should we look out for this December? Adult fiction, children’s fiction and non-fiction
A adult fiction book to look out for this Christmas is This Hostel Life by Melatu Uche Okorie, a powerful collection of short stories about Direct Provision Centres published by a new publishing house Skein Press.

One of our Book Clubs
Megan Buckley, who has started three book clubs at Charlie Byrne’s bookshop in Galway. Charlie Byrne’s Wednesday 11 o’Clock Bookclub
Photo:Andrew Downes
For a children’s fiction to look out for, our children’s bookseller Michaela picks The Storm Keeper’s Island by Catherine Doyle. And if we may also suggest a children’s non-fiction title in the fantastic Dr Hibernicas Compelling Compendium of Irish Animals.

Our pick for non-fiction book is Note to Self by Emilie Pine, a powerful and important book about fatherhood and addiction published by our friends at Tramp Press.

3. Have you any events going on in December?
We have no specific events relating to Christmas but we will be running our usual four adult book-clubs, our three children’s book-clubs and our weekly Saturday morning children’s Story-time.

In relation to Christmas related events we will be updating our Staff Picks section to highlight various titles for all the family

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