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(...)

‘Independent bookshops have a deep engagement with the culture of their city and country and they can reflect that in their stock.’ Maurice Earls of Books Upstairs on D’Olier Street, Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

For anyone who is serious about reading, the local bookshop is a vital outlet for nourishing their love of literature. It is a place where they can(...)

Found in translation: a self-portrait by Tove Jansson, author of The Summer Book. Photograph:

I spent last month following the lead of Louisa Cameron, patron of my local bookshop, Raven Books, who was making a concerted effort to read and promo(...)