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Mollie's Favourite Books of 2023
Mollie read around 100 books in 2023. Choosing the best books of 2023 is a difficult task, but here are Mollie's top favourites!
The Ice Children: an excellent tale by MG Leonard
Our reviewer, Moya, really enjoyed MG Leonard's winter-time tale.
Bloody brilliant nightmare logic: Prophet Song
Bloody brilliant nightmare logic: Prophet Song
It took me several tries to get into Paul Lynch’s Booker Prize and Irish Book Awards-shortlisted Prophet Song.
Hallowreads: 13 Horror Favourites by Nigel Quinlan
Our resident ghoul under the stairs, @Nigellicus, emerged from his lair with 13 highly recommended horror favourites to chill and entertain you.
Celebrating apples with great, inspirational recipes -- and a festival
Celebrating apples with great, inspirational recipes -- and a festival
Féile na nÚll/The Community Apple Festival is a highlight of autumn in Cloughjordan. We asked Féile na nÚll organisers and local food producers to share their favourite apple recipe and the cookery book it's from.
What’s in a name? Why we chose Sheelagh na Gig as our bookshop name
What’s in a name? Why we chose Sheelagh na Gig as our bookshop name

We couldn’t agree on any name. 

Mollie hated anything that Liz suggested. And we didn’t like anything Mollie thought of, either. We rejected The Living Room, The Reading Room, The Emporium, Barrow & OShea, The Bookshop, The Cloughjordan Bookshop... .

Mollie said, ‘there must be something mythological that would suit us.’ Morrigan Books? She went through all sorts of mythology books on what was available and looked at the wonders of the 2005 internet. One day at work in the office, possibly inspired by her cubicle mate, whose playlist was laden with PJ Harvey songs, she thought of sheela na gig.

Mollie rang Liz and said, ‘what about sheela na gig?’ Yes, definitely yes – because of PJ Harvey’s Sheela-na-Gig, because in the beginning we also sold music, and because in Galway, fadó fadó, there was a Sheela-na-Gig bookshop where Charlie Byrne’s now lives. Liz bought her copy of Mary Condren’s The Serpent and the Goddess (1989 edition) in Sheelag-na-Gig bookshop Galway. 

We agreed to go with the old-style English-language spelling: Sheelagh na Gig. We don’t remember why – but Mollie says Liz suggested it, and that’s probably true. Exactly why Liz thought that spelling was a good idea is, like so much about sheela-na-gigs, lost to the mists of time.

 

PJ Harvey: Sheela-na-Gig

Fáilte romhat! Welcome to Sheelagh na Gig in Cloughjordan Tipperary
We are a specialist bookshop with a lot of little extras! Agus tá cúpla Gaeile againne freisin.