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Dublin 8, IE

Online shop

We mostly sell good old books in the good old way, but we have a few special items available for purchase online.

‘This Fearless Maid 2’ by Ruth Clinton

A collection of songs in a traditional or folk idiom that challenge patriarchal power dynamics and feature women in active roles.

Amongst the selection are old Irish, Scottish, English and American ballads, music hall style numbers, and two recently written songs by Angeline Morrison and Veronica Barrett.

Featuring: A Mad Marriage, Bessy Bell an’ Mary Gray, Easy John, the contented Cuckold, Granuaile, Irish Witches, Mrs. Coffey, Poddle’s Flowery Banks, Shelling Green Peas, The Ballad of Mary Spain, The Banks of Salee, The Laundresses’ Song, The Modern Mrs. Mulligan, The Shoofly, The Star of Evening, The Wife of the Bold Tenant Farmer, Unknown African Boy (d. 1830).

20 percent of each sale will be donated to Women in Hebron, a Palestinian women’s cooperative in the West Bank.

12 euro plus shipping.

‘Tunnel of Toads’ by Chris Beausang

Toad doesn’t know what to do with her life.

We’re proud to be publishing Chris Beausang’s debut novel. Niamh Campbell calls it ‘a ready-made cult classic.’ Tim MacGabhann says ‘the rage is a compassionate one, the aching for vague but definite elsewheres right out of Aidan Higgins.’

15 euro plus shipping.

‘The Globe and Scales’

A collection of original fiction, essays, and poetry from some familiar names (Dermot Bolger, Emer Martin) and new writers (Louise Nealon, Alicia Byrne Keane). The book is independently published by us, here, and takes its name from an 18th century Quaker bookshop around the corner on Meath Street.

15 stories, essays, and poems in a nice little paperback. Yours for 15 euro plus shipping.

Book subscriptions

Our book subscriptions offer a bit of that second-hand bookshop serendipity conveniently delivered to your door.

Each month, subscribers are treated to a good second-hand paperback, hand-selected from our shelves. Selections arrive in the post with a pre-addressed postcard so the subscriber can let us know what they think of it (and so we can adjust future selections). It’s a little monthly literary surprise.

These make pretty nice gifts, we’re told.

If this is a gift, we’ll send a little ‘welcome packet’ that explains the subscription and includes a very short questionnaire for the subscriber to fill in and return to us. (If this is a gift, that means you’ll have a little something to give to the recipient on the day.) You’ll get an email after making the purchase with a link to confirm whether it's a gift and, if so, where you’d like that ‘welcome packet’ sent.

Six months / 60 euro Twelve months / 120 euro

Notes about subscriptions:

  • these are Ireland-only
  • enter your own email address (even if this is a gift) — we’ll send a quick follow-up form about shipping and gift arrangements
  • we ship once per month (around the end of the month), so there may be a delay before the first selection arrives
  • if you're already a subscriber, you can manage your subscription here