Dystopian Novels – Where to go next?
Dystopian fiction: Books that spell out a dark and epic alternate future for mankind! Young Adult versions usually include oppressive adult run governments/leaders against teenagers who must overcome the obstacles put in front of them by these establishments/tyrants. Oh and a love interest or triangle also helps.
I am obsessed by this genre. And with all things Hunger Games occupying our local multiplexes and getting us all back in the mood for futuristic oppression, here is a list of books and series that I highly recommend for all of you experiencing a similar love for all things bleak:
1. MUST READ CLASSIC
My first introduction to dystopian fiction, and a book that should be read by all, is Stephen’s King’s 1979 novel, The Long Walk. This is one of his Bachman Books (alongside The Running Man). One hundred teenagers must compete in an annual televised contest where they have to walk at a minimum of four miles per hour with only three stops allowed before they are “ticketed” by surrounding soldiers. Still an amazing concept to this day and a brilliant, heart-breaking read – I CAN’T believe it hasn’t been made into a movie.
2. NEXT BIG THING
Another MUST READ, Veronica Roth’s Divergent series is set in a futuristic Chicago, where society has been divided into factions: Abnegation (the selfless), Amity (the peaceful), Candor (the honest), Dauntless (the brave) and Erudite (the intelligent). On “Choosing Day”, all 16 year olds must decide to either stay in their current faction or choose another faction and abandon their families. Moving at a breath-taking pace, this wholly original series is a rollercoaster ride of nerves and action. It is unputdownable. The movie is coming next March from the producers of The Hunger Games and the director of Limitless, with Shailene Woodley and Kate Winslet in the lead roles.
By Veronica Roth
By Veronica Roth
3. LITERARY DYSTOPIA
Patrick Ness’ Chaos Waking Trilogy (Knife of Never Letting) is a beautifully written and harrowing account of the effects of love, war and the corruption of power. It is set in a dystopian world where all living male creatures can hear each other’s thoughts in a stream of images, words and sounds called “Noise”. Seen through the eyes of two teenagers, it’s an extremely powerful book with a huge moral grey area. This will be the next big Hollywood movie from Lionsgate post-Divergent, with Charlie Kaufmann (Being John Malkovich, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) writing the script and Robert Zemeckis potentially directing.
4. BUBBLING UNDER DYSTOPIA
James Dashner’s Maze Runner, Marie Lu’s Legend trilogy & Michael Grant’s Gone series (not exactly bubbling under, more bubbling over) are all set in worlds with corrupt governments and oppressive societies, seen through the eyes of innocent teens who must grow, adapt and revolt in largely adult-free environments. The choices they make are tough and regularly end in death. Another common link between all of these series is that they are total page turners – 2am on a school night type stuff… Just one more chapter!
By James Dashner
By Marie Lu
By Michael Grant
5. ‘NO ONE HAS READ THIS BUT WHY NOT?’ DYSTOPIA
Carrie Ryan’s Forest of Hands & Teeth series is a post-apocalyptic zombie saga that must be read to be believed. It was massive Stateside but largely ignored here and it’s the one series I WISH people would read. It’s got unexplained disaster, mindless zombies, deep compounds in the woods and secret orders called the “Sisterhood” and the “Guardians”, who are quite harsh… And that’s just the first five chapters! Again, beautifully written, great characters, extremely stressful and one I regularly give to people as presents because I know that a) they won’t have read it and b) they’re going to love it!
Eason book buyer and massive Divergent fan David O’Callaghan gives an overview of an epic day.
Sunday November 3rd was one of those days when you feel proud to be an obsessive book reader. Almost 200 hardcore Divergent fans descended upon our store in O’Connell Street and, once divided into factions, waited with bated breath for the arrival of one of the hottest authors of the moment.
Veronica Roth’s ‘Divergent’ series blew me away. With its breakneck speed and pulse pounding action, it is a roller coaster of an emotional journey. Its characters stay with you long after you’ve finished the final instalment – ‘Allegiant’ – and, like most ardent fans, I’ve already started re-reading the series.
The accompanying video will hopefully give you a feel for the epicness of the day and if you haven’t read these amazing books, I encourage you to do so as soon as possible, preferably before the Hollywood movie is released next March.
Veronica was fantastic, the fans were brilliant and, as expected, Dauntless were the rowdiest! Be Brave. Be Mended.
Win win win! Exclusive Divergent Series Goodies!
To celebrate the release of Allegiant by Veronica Roth, we have an EPIC FAN PRIZE giveaway. These are exclusive goodies to Eason! You won’t find these anywhere else!
What’s up for grabs?
We have 5 prizes to giveaway – one for each faction!
- Top Prize: 1 t-shirt, 1 poster, 1 badge and 1 flag.
- 4 Runners-up: 1 poster, 1 badge and 1 flag
The first winner drawn will win the top prize, and the 4 runners up will be drawn from the 4 remaining factions.
How can I win?
Closing date was 31st October 2013.
ENTRIES HAVE NOW CLOSED
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Here we are again… Book in hand, ready for a 2014 of Literary Adaptations that will hopefully blow our collective minds. However, one more 2013 nugget to recommend before you sit down to that Turkey at Christmas.
On December 13th The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug lands in theatres all across The Shire, as Bilbo and the crew come face to face with Sherlock, sorry, I mean Smaug the Dragon who will be voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch. One Book, three films – who cares! Just enjoy the ride.
Looking ahead to the New Year, first out of the traps is the excellent looking Seventh Son, otherwise known as The Spook’s Apprentice to us bookie types. Based on Joseph Delaney’s bestselling horror series for teens and starring Jeff Bridges as The Spook and Julianne Moore as the Witch… judging by early trailers and footage, this could be awesome. I’m a huge fan of the series and here’s hoping the movie does it justice.
On January 31st the classic The Book Thief by Markus Zusak hits our screens. This amazing book, which is narrated by Death himself, has huge potential to be a massive success. If you haven’t read it yet, I would urge you to do so. It is one of the most beautiful and stunning books of the past number of years.
Valentine’s Day offers up an interesting showdown, especially for couples who are split between Paranormal Romance and Dystopian genres. Richelle Mead’s funky Vampire Academy novels tell the story of Rose Hathaway (half human/half vampire) and were hugely popular in the whole post-Twilight madness. Finally the movie is coming to our screens with a plethora of hip young new actors and our very own Gabriel Byrne as Victor Dashkov. Up against the Vampire threat, and released on the same date, is the oppressive threat of “The Maze”. Set in a post- apocalyptic world The Maze Runner, based on the James Dashner novel, follows a community of boys who wake up with their memories erased and find themselves in a giant maze, being tested and having their lives threatened on a daily basis. Again, early footage and vibes are good on this, so I’d recommend getting the series read as soon as possible, before you wander down for your romantic Vampire/Dystopian evening at the cinema (large popcorn please!).
Forgive me, if I start to ramble on and babble in the next paragraph but this is one of those moments of possible Twilight/Hunger Games style mania. First things first, I am obsessed with Veronica Roth’s Divergent series… With the final part of the series (Allegiant) released in October in book form, the complete trilogy will be ready to be devoured by the masses when the movie is released on March 21st. This is high-octane stuff. Non- stop roller coaster dystopian madness which I can’t recommend highly enough. Not since I first read The Hunger Games have I become as hooked on a series – you will not be disappointed in it and the movie has all the trademarks of a breakout smash hit. Directed by Neil Burger (Limitless) and starring Shailene Woodley, Kate Winslet and Theo James,. I will eat my various hats if this does not become a worldwide box office smash of epic proportions. Oppressive governments, rival factions and of course the DAUNTLESS. Get ready to choose a side and never look back.
Coming later in the year is a movie, again starring Shailene Woodley and one which, like Divergen, you could say I am slightly obsessed with: The Fault In Our Stars by John Green (Nerdfighter Extraordinaire). A thing of beauty is how I’d describe this tale of a teen girl and boy and coping with Cancer through the support group within which they meet. John Green’s writings have slowly started to capture a worldwide audience and this movie again has the breakout potential of a smash box office hit. I have a strong feeling about this movie and have high confidence that the subject matter of death and young love will be handled in a very exceptional way. But again, like Divergent, don’t wait around for the movie… you MUST read the book first.
Finally a mention for two movies on the horizon that should be noted… whether they make it into 2014 remains to be seen, but either way, the books are well worth a look : If I Stay (9781862308312) which has Chloe Grace Moretz as its lead is another tragic tale of love and death, based on Gayle Forman’s bestselling novel. ‘Read it and weep’ is all I can say about this one. The other movie is based on Patrick Ness’s amazing Chaos Walking Trilogy and the first in the series Knife Of Never Letting Go should be due late 2014/early 2015. Coming from the people behind The Hunger Games and Divergent, this Dystopian tale of love and war again looks likely to be tagged with ‘Next Big Thing’ status in the coming months as more becomes clear about who is directing and starring in it. But trust me… the books…. Oh! those books – EPIC in every way!
And that is that… Hollywood has it all sorted for the next 18 months, getting its inspiration from some of the most original, funny, sad, daring and addictive books of the past number of years. So before you go sit in the dark and watch it all unfurl on the big screen… why not sit back, relax and enjoy a good read… Because remember – Before those Movies Came the Books!
- David O’Callaghan, Eason’s Children’s Book Buyer
In the world of Teen/Young Adult literature , 2013 and early 2014 are set to be remembered as the years when Hollywood woke up to the potential of the right book, at the right time, to equal the fanatical followers and massive box office draws of Harry Potter, Twilight & The Hunger Games. Every major studio has a teen novel in its pocket and is currently getting ready to unleash it on the cinema-going public.
While not all of these adaptations will be as successful as studios wish them to be (take a bow Eragon, Beautiful Creatures & Alex Rider), I must admit that the Class of 2013/14 does contain some of my favourite books of the last number of years and in fairness, until the final credits roll on the screen, I can’t help but get excited!
The list is long and the popcorn will be plentiful but before you head to your local multiplex, remember: all of these movies existed as books first and I would wholly recommend getting ahead of the curve and reading them first – because as we all know, the book is always better than the movie!
First out of the blocks is the second Percy Jackson adventure, coming August 7th. Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson & The Sea of Monsters returns to the world of Greek Gods & Monsters, in a follow up to the excellent Lightning Thief (a far superior movie to Clash of the Titans, in my humble opinion). A hugely popular series with a massive fan base, I think the books can be best described as rip-roaring… and, in fairness, you’ve got to love a bit of modern-day meets Greek Mythology!
Next up is Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones, landing August 21st. One of the first paranormal series post-Twilight to make a dent in the hearts and minds of teenagers in Ireland and the US, The Mortal Instruments is a tale of Shadowhunters, monsters, demons, vampires and werewolves, which has grown in popularity book by book. With the movie starring Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Robert Sheehan and Jonathan Rhys Meyers, early sneak peeks and feedback look extremely positive for Clary, Jace, Simon and Valentine. This has the potential to be the big breakout franchise.
Meg Rosoff’s stunning dystopian novel How I Live Now arrives as a movie on October 18th and stars Saoirse Ronan and Tom Holland, with Kevin MacDonald directing. Rosoff’s novel is a beautiful coming of age story situated in the English countryside and set against the backdrop of a Third World War outbreak. Again, I have high hopes for this movie, and while it may not scream ‘blockbuster’, it has ‘indie hit’ written all over it and definite cult-classic potential.
One film that will surely capture the people’s imagination and introduce a whole new audience to Orson Scott Card’s brilliant sci-fi dystopian novel is Ender’s Game. Set seventy years after a horrific alien war – think Starship Troopers for teens – I devoured this book in one sitting. The movie looks similarly as intense and impressive, and will definitely be edge of the seat stuff. With a great cast of some of the best young new actors (Asa Butterfield, Abigail Breslin, Hailee Steinfeld) and some legendary old ones (Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsley) , this is one book that I’d implore people to read as soon as possible, preferably before the film’s release here on October 25th. I repeat: It is Fantastic.
Finally, on November 22nd, we see the release of the sequel to last year’s box office smash hit. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire continues on with the tale of Katniss, Gale, Peeta & President Snow, this time against the backdrop of the 75th Annual Hunger Games. This exhilarating trilogy and its iconic female lead, Katniss, is still one of my favourite series of the last ten years. If you haven’t read it yet, I urge you to join the revolution now. Down with the Capitol!
In the sequel to this Book to Movie Preview, I’ll take a look at some of the big adaptations coming our way in 2014 including: Divergent, The Fault In Our Stars, Seventh Son (otherwise known as Spook’s Apprentice), The Book Thief, Vampire Academy and The Chaos Walking Trilogy. I did say it was going to be a memorable year or two, so start making room on that bookshelf.
Fathers often get short shrift in children’s books, with many stories focusing on mammy-baby relationships. The classic formula of a little kid/duck/rabbit getting lost and scared, only to be eventually found by their mammy, is a tried and tested success. But what about Dad? Whether you’re a father seeking something daddy-centric to read with your kids, or you’re looking for gift ideas for new fathers, it’s worth checking out my top four books about dads!
The classic picture book that takes a look at fatherhood from a child’s point of view. Whimsical, funny and full of dad-based hyperbole, this is perfect for anyone who likes to spin some tall tales to their children in order to make the world a bit more magical!
Another great picture book, written in soft, rhyming prose. Beautifully illustrated by the fantastic Emma Dodd, this book warms the heart while looking at the special father-and-child relationship dynamic. Great for reading together at bedtime… or any time!
Read about Little Bear and his daddy – they do everything together, including mountaintop adventures, swimming in the rain and storytelling under a starry sky. This is the ultimate book about all the fun activities dads and kids can do together. You might even get a few ideas!
This one is a mish-mash of two of the above! It’s also called ‘My Dad’ and it’s about a daddy bear playing with a baby bear, teaching it to ride a bike and much more. Again, it’s a great book for reading with any child who really adores their dad.
These are all awesome presents – for Father’s Day, birthdays or just plain ANY day – so it’s time to stop the sock-buying! Why not get your dad a book (and them make him read it to you!).
This week’s Story Time book is Chris Judge’s sweet and charming tale of a beast who, while happy doing what he does, feels the need to search for something different… and possibly find other creatures just like him. Judge’s story reminds me of Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are – it’s simply drawn yet beautifully presented and told.
Kids will grow to adore The Beast as he searches the countryside and adults can only love a story in which being different and following your own path is as important a message as ‘friends and family’. Highly recommended!
Come join us in every Eason store in Ireland at 11am on Saturday, January 26th, as we read The Lonely Beast to children, adults and big kids!
January: For me, this used to be the month when one felt guilty for the overindulgence of the previous one. Too much turkey, TV and chocolate. Too much of everything really. It was a month of ‘New Year, New You’ – getting off the couch and doing things… which was fine… Then a few years ago, suddenly, January ceased to be the dumping ground for whatever children’s books hadn’t made Christmas and were too early for Easter. I blame Eragon myself… It was the first major blockbuster to be released in this sleepy month but it also marked the beginning of a new era, when it became the norm for people to spend the month of January on the couch or in bed reading new titles and new authors. I love it!
This year is no exception, with the release of some astounding titles, including the following six, which have been chosen as our Children’s Books of the Month for January:
Starting off with John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, this paperback edition will hopefully help Mr. Green to reach the audience he deserves. Without doubt my favourite book of 2012, this bittersweet tale of teenage love in a cancer support group is not as depressing as it sounds, but rather a story of beauty and wonder, spoken in a voice so clear and concise that you can’t but feel the full power and emotion of Hazel’s story. John Green is a force of nature, a talent waiting to be discovered, and I strongly believe that 2013 is the year when the world will take notice. I implore you, read it. (For age 14 and over.)
Wonder by R.J. Palacio is another crossover novel, detailing a young boy’s struggle to live with a rare facial deformity. Again, don’t assume this is a tragic tale of woe, it is not. It is, instead, a stunningly poignant story, filled with hilarious moments & numerous surprises that will have you cheering August Pullman on every step of the way. (For age nine and over.)
The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There by Catherynne M. Valente is the sequel to the fantastic Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making. Think Alice in Wonderland meets The Wizard of Oz and you’ll be half way to understanding what you’re getting in to. A romping-stomping piece of pure fun that is every bit as mad as any hatter I’ve ever met. (For age nine and over.)
Darren Shan’s ZOM-B Underground is the sequel to the first in his new young adult series, ZOM-B. And if you thought the first instalment was controversial – a bit “This is England meets The Walking Dead” – well, wait until you get a load of this book. I’m also delighted to announce that we will be giving away an exclusive set of illustrated Zom-B postcards with every purchase in store, while stocks last. (For age 14 and over.)
James Dashner’s Maze Runner series is a brilliant dystopian trilogy, soon to be made into a Hollywood movie, so it was with great excitement that I received the news that The Kill Order, a prequel to The Maze Runner, was to be released. A world on the brink of collapse, contagious diseases spreading like wildfire, this tale of two teens attempting to survive the chaos and save their friends is an action-packed, nerve-shredding delight. (For age 14 and over.)
Finally, one of this year’s new kids on the literary block, Emmy Laybourne’s Monument 14 is a joy to behold (well, if your version of joy involves disease, dystopian landscapes and a Lord of the Flies-esque setting in a giant department store). This is fun with a capital F. I read it in 24 hours – sleep became a foreign concept – and I can’t wait for the sequel. For any fans of Michael Grant’s GONE series, this is a must read. You won’t be disappointed. (For age 14 and over.)
Teenage and Young Adult books have grown in popularity over the past number of years, thanks to the successes of Twilight and The Hunger Games. However, with such a wide and diverse range of genres out there, where do you even begin to choose the highlights of the year?
Well, how about starting with some oldies (but not really that old) and classics.
First published in 2001, Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman is one of the original dystopian series out there for young adults. This hard hitting tale of love, death and betrayal is set in an alternate world where class and race decide our role in society, and it’s a must-read for ANY fans of The Hunger Games. We have the first two titles in the series in a handy bind-up.
Another amazing series for those who have moved on from Twilight and are looking for something slightly more edgy, but also featuring demons, vampires, warlocks and werewolves, is The Mortal Instruments Series Box Set by Cassandra Clare. With a massive movie due next year starring Lily Collins, Robert Sheehan and Jonathan Rhys Meyers, this is a must-read for those who like to be ahead of the curve.
Teen Thriller is the new Vampire Lit and you can’t go wrong with the Queen of Thrills, Sophie McKenzie. Book Three in her enthralling ‘Girl Missing’ series, Missing Me, picks up where Sister, Missing left off. It’s tense, taut, edge of the seat stuff.
Finally, I know he’s not technically for teenage readers but he is read by a lot of them so I’d have to say Lord Derek Landy and his Skulduggery Pleasant : Kingdom of the Wicked is a must-have for any teens who love an action packed, comedy filled adventure full of all sorts of madness and mayhem.
Now, when I looked at my overall list of books of the year, I found that they were all actually from the teen/ young adult genre. So, from these, here are my Top 3 Absolute Must-Reads :
First up is The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. This poignant, funny, tragic tale of a cancer support group for kids and it’s teenage heroine, Hazel , was one of this year’s gems. I implore you: read it and weep. It’s time for everyone to see what all the fuss is about. I predict that 2013 will be the year John Green’s star shines brightest and he becomes a global superstar.
Insurgent, the sequel to Divergent, by Veronica Roth is my favourite dystopian series since The Hunger Games. This edge of the seat novel is filled with chaos, warring factions, brutal governments and an empowered and strong lead female character, Tris. Again, this is one that I’ve re-read numerous times and it just gets better and better with every read. Amazing stuff, which will leave you breathless. Next up is Fear, part of the GONE series by Michael Grant. Think Heroes meets Lord of the Flies but darker. Teens and younger kids are trapped in a world where adults have vanished, powers have been accessed, both good and evil, and chaos is the norm. If you have teen boys or girls in need of some adrenaline-fuelled reading material, this is the series for you. Love it!
And finally, we have Wonder by RJ Palacio. A book of beauty and class that had me laughing, crying and basically wanting to walk around handing out copies of it and forcing people to read it. Like The Fault in our Stars, this tale of a young boy and how he and his peers deal with his facial disfigurement is not a tale of sadness and negativity, but more an uplifting tale of battling against the odds to feel, simply, normal.
In the first of two parts, Eason Children’s Category Manager, David O’Callaghan, throws his beady eye over books for kids aged 0-12.
Christmas time… Mistletoe and books… What is not to love about a period of the year when there is an overwhelming choice of books that will have your bookshelves creaking, your head scratching (as you try to figure out which one to read next) and your family guessing as to what to buy you, as you seem to have read everything out there? Below is a list I’ve put together of books that, if I had a stocking large enough, I’d fully expect to find hanging on my fireplace (if I had a fireplace).
In the 0-4 age group, I can’t look any further than a trio of picture books that I adore for very different reasons. Pirates Love Underpants is a whacky, zany, madcap tale that kids will adore. Be gone those Aliens! Those Dinosaurs can walk that plank! It’s the Pirates’ turn to become obsessed with underpants. On a much calmer and more beautiful note, Guess How Much I Love You: Here There & Everywhere by Sam McBratney is another timeless classic in this beautifully illustrated series, with four more tales featuring Big & Little Nutbrown Hare. Stunning. Finally, I have to go with This Moose Belongs to Me by Oliver Jeffers. As is to be expected from Mr Jeffers, Moose is a quirky tale of a boy and his Moose…or is it HIS moose?! That seems to be the question. Brilliantly conceived and amazingly designed – I loved every bit of this book.
In the 5-8 age group, I have to start with Captain Underpants & the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers by Dav Pilkey, comic strip madness & mayhem from what I consider the original ‘Wimpy Kid’. You want bonkers? Well, this book is stuffed to the rafters with it & the kids will fall off the couch with laughter when they read it – so have plenty of cushions lying around.
Next up are two perfect gift books for fans of the hottest brands among 5-8 year old boys & girls: Bringing together all their favourite characters in a nice little gift hardback, Beast Quest: Complete Book of Beasts and Rainbow Magic : Complete Book of Fairies are a stocking filler’s delight. You can’t go wrong with these. Nor can you go astray with The Wind in the Willows (Gift Edition) by Kenneth Grahame. This classic tale gets a contemporary look from the wonderful David Roberts, illustrator of Dirty Bertie. Cute, feisty and stunningly produced… This is a must-have gift for families everywhere.
Another one that caught my eye is Spellbound: Tales of Enchantment from Ireland by Siobhan Parkinson & Olwyn Whelan. This gift book features classic Irish tales told through beautiful imagery and the words of Siobhan Parkinson. For anyone who loves a seasonal Irish-themed gift book for younger readers, this is a must-have.
The 9+ age group is our biggest, most popular children’s category and the choices are endless. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel is such a no-brainer, and a sure-fire Christmas bestseller, that I feel I should be mentioning one of its successful ‘genre spinoffs’ instead. It has to be Dork Diaries 5: Dear Dork by Rachel Renée Russell. Nikki Maxwell’s latest adventure takes her on a mission to defeat her arch nemesis, with – as usual – catastrophic results! The Dork Diaries series has grown in popularity among girls in the past few years and continues to go from strength to strength. Other ‘Wimpy genre’ hits include Big Nate, Tom Gates and World of Norm.
Ratburger is a Roald Dahl-esque cracker from Mr. David Walliams. He is fast becoming the go-to guy for 9+ kids looking for hilarious, quirky and often touching novels.
Judi Curtin’s books are like a Hot Chocolate on a cold winter’s morning. With Leave It to Eva, she writes another cracker, retaining her title as Ireland’s answer to Jacqueline Wilson.
Finally in this age group, we have an oldie but a CLASSIC: The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien. Every kid (and grown-up) will need to be in touch with their inner-Hobbit, as the movie trilogy is about to begin. Tolkien’s tale for younger readers sends us back to where it all began.
Check back on Friday for the second part of my Christmas Crackers, where I will be looking at what’s on offer for the teen and young adult gift-buyer.
He came, he saw, he… obliviated?
Anthony Horowtiz was in flying form as he met fans of all ages at our event in O Connell St.
He chatted about Alex Rider, The Diamond Brothers, Sherlock Holmes, the finale to his Power of Five series – Oblivion – and what projects he has lined up for the future.
We were thrilled and delighted to welcome rock legend Peter Hook to our Eason O’Connell Street store for an exclusive event with fans of Joy Division and New Order to celebrate the launch of his new book, Unknown Pleasures.
Chaired by Nadine O’ Regan, it was an insightful evening, full of substance and atmosphere. “Hooky” was a gentleman, had some great tales to tell and everyone went home thinking it wasn’t such a Blue Monday after all.
Very few braiiiiinnnnssss were eaten, and most of our staff’s limbs remained intact… however, plenty of questions were asked and books were signed (in blood, of course).
Unfortunately one fan, Laurence Cole, got a bit too close to Darren and he was never seen again!
Very tasty and chewy words, with a side dish of beautiful illustrations and a dessert full of cuteness and ice cream!
If you haven’t eaten this book yet, then you need to Get Into Reading this weekend. Oliver Jeffers’ The Incredible Book Eating Boy is a timeless classic that I’d highly recommend for book eaters of all ages. (I also hear they are making a TV show of it soon called “The Great Irish Book Off”!)
Come join us in every Eason store in Ireland at 11am on Saturday, September 29th, as we read The Incredible Book Eating Boy to children, adults and big kids!
And don’t forget: Oliver will be hosting a drawalong evening with Children’s Laureate Niamh Sharkey at 6pm tonight in Eason O’Connell St!
We are thrilled and delighted to announce that Lee Child will be signing at Eason this September. To promote his brand new Jack Reacher novel A Wanted Man, he will be appearing at:
- Eason Donegall Place, Belfast – Friday September 7th at 12:30pm
- Eason Dundrum – Saturday, September 8th at 12:30pm.
2012 is a landmark year for Lee Child, whose Jack Reacher thrillers have now sold in excess of 50 million copies worldwide. The first movie, Jack Reacher, starring Tom Cruise, and written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie, is released on 26th December (we think it’s going be a great movie and Tom is going prove to everyone that he’s the perfect Jack).