Bob Johnston

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A favourite book store: Bob Johnston at his Gutter  Bookshop. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Rick O’Shea I know I tell this story often these days, but my love of books started and grew with trips I made most weekends in to Eason’s on O’Conne(...)

The Book Centre, Waterford. Photograph: Jennifer O'Connell

This wasn’t how it was supposed to be. The digital revolution was going to kill off physical books and bookshops altogether. It’s true that between r(...)

Bookseller Bob Johnston at home in his Malahide cottage. Photograph: Eoin Rafferty

Brighton born Bob Johnston has lived in Dublin for almost 20 years. In 2009 he set up The Gutter Bookshop in Temple Bar, followed by a second branch i(...)

Remarkably resilient: books seem to have turned the tide against ereaders. Photograph: Iain Masterton/Canopy/Getty

Technology rarely takes prisoners and it crushes – virtually – everything in its path. In the past 15 years technology has seen off almost all physica(...)

Bob Johnston at the Gutter Bookshop on Cow’s Lane Temple Bar. Dublin. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” Oscar Wilde’s aphorism, from which The Gutter Bookshop derives its name, is displ(...)

The bestseller of the year has been Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the script for the West End stage play based on JK Rowling’s original creation. Photograph: Getty Images

The book trade in Ireland is booming with sales up by more than 20 per cent to date this year. Sales up to September 10th were €76.4 million, up 20.(...)

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Ireland will get its first Laureate for Fiction in January 2015, chosen from a longlist of 34 writers announced recently. The €150,000 laureateship(...)

Volunteers  Paul Gay, Elsa Isnard, Aggie Bryla and Philip Kenny  outside the Exchange collective arts centre in Temple Bar, which is being closed down. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

There was once a shop in west Temple Bar with a €50,000 sofa in its window. Then came the recession, the shop disappeared and the space was filled wit(...)

‘I wanna do something they can’t possibly like, they can’t relate to. To me, it was a joke,’ said Bob Dylan of his 1970 album Self Portrait

‘I am still unable to see in him anything other than a youth of mediocre talent. Only a completely non-critical audience, nourished on the watery pap (...)