Tom Muckian

As part of our new regime here at Roe River Books we’re launching an on-line Book Club.

The idea is we pick a book, usually a new release, although we’re not adverse to selecting a classic or two once we get up an running. We’ll be reading the book ourselves and providing a bit of background on the book and the author. The selected title will be on special offer in the the shop and at the end of the month we’ll post our review. We’ll also be happy to receive reviews from any of our customers and readers which we’ll also post to the website. It needn’t be a full review or incredibly in depth. Just let us know if you like it or not and why.

Our first choice for Roe River Book of the Month is Sally Rooney’s, Normal People. It was longlisted for the Man Booker, though sadly didn’t make the final shortlist. It follows the, on again, off again relationship between Connell and Marianne, two young lovers from Carricklea in the west of Ireland and follows their relationship through the turbulent highs and painful lows as they finish school and relocate to Dublin. It follows on from Rooney’s highly successful debut Conversations With Friend and was hugely anticipated on it’s release in August this year.

If you’ve read it already, let us know what you thought of it? If you haven’t got around to it yet pick it up at Roe River Books. Mention the on-line book club when buying it and get 25% off. Offer is open till 31st October.

We’re also delighted to say that we’ll have a special guest reviewer giving us their opinion on the book at the end of the month, in the first of what we hope to be a regular feature.