Friday, November 25, 2011

Ireland's Favourite Book

This Tuesday, Eason launched the search to find Ireland’s Favourite Book. As part of their 125th anniversary celebrations, Eason has compiled a list of the top 125 books over the years and has invited the public to cast their vote to crown the nation’s favourite book of all time.

Speaking about Eason’s search to crown Ireland’s favourite book, Maria Dickenson, Head of Book Purchasing at Eason said “As part of our 125th celebrations we have carefully compiled a list of the top 125 books over the years which includes a wide range of favourites from the childhood classic Roald Dahl’s ‘BFG’, William Goulding’s modern classic ‘Lord of The Flies’, much loved Irish fiction Patrick McCabe’s ‘Butcher’s Boy’, Oscar Wilde’s ‘Picture of Dorian Gray’ and Cecelia Ahern with’ PS. I Love You’ and many more.”

Maria continued “We are a nation of book lovers and our team at Eason’s are really excited about hearing from the people all around Ireland as to what their most loved book is. Books often evoke very vivid memories or milestones in our lives. The fun is thinking about all the books that we have read and why it made such an impact on us – it can often tell a lot about a person when they reveal their favourite book so we are really interested to see what comes out top as the nation’s choice.”

Some of the much loved authors who feature on the list of 125 books have shared their personal favourites with Eason;

“I will say that I could die happy if I'd written ‘His Dark Materials’ by Philip Pullman” - Emma Donoghue author of Room

“I’m a sucker for doomed romance – ‘Great Gatsby’ by F. Scott Fitzgerald-” - Patrick McCabe, author of Butcher Boy

“I feel honoured and so incredibly proud to be included in this list of 125 favourite books. Every day I appreciate how people have welcomed PS I Love You into their hearts. My favourite book of all time is ‘The Time Traveller's Wife’ by Audrey Niffenegger - it's a modern classic, a quirky love story which is so beautifully written” – Cecelia Ahern, author of PS I Love You .

“One of my favourite books is John McGahern's masterpiece ‘Amongst Women’. I love its quiet faith, its insistence on its own terms. It conjures a world that is absolutely specific to itself, down to the most minuscule, seemingly inconsequential detail, but in so doing manages the alchemy of saying something about every life. The family it depicts is somehow every Irish family of a certain era, held together by its secrets, bound by its evasions, by a web of loyalties, only one of which is love.” - Joseph O’Connor, author of Star of The Sea

Eason’s is now calling on people throughout the Island of Ireland to have their say and vote for their favourite book by logging onto their new look website Each voter will automatically be entered into a draw where one lucky winner will walk away with the entire collection of 125 books! Entry is open until Sunday 18th December 2011.

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