By Lisa Marie Griffith
Like most of our readers I imagine, I love second-hand bookshops especially ones where you are guaranteed a good find and a bargain. I came across a fantastic second-hand bookshop recently while in Midleton, Co. Cork visiting family. It is a particularly well-stocked St Vincent de Paul book shop just off the main street in Midleton on Connolly Street and you can find a map here. Every book is 1 euro with the exception of children’s books which are 50 ce. That said I walked away with so many books the very friendly shopkeeper gave me the book I had purchased for my three-year-old niece for free! Apart from a mermaid book for her, I picked up 3 John Le Carre books (I am becoming a bit obsessed), Diarmaid MacCulloch’s, Reformation: Europe’s House Divided, Sebastian Faulk’s, Birdsong, Ed Moloney’s A Secret History of the IRA and John MacGahern’s, That they May Face the Rising Sun. They have a good selection of history books (particularly for a charity shop) and shelves of good fiction. Some more books to stuff on to my already packed bookshelves!