July Favorite Book of the Month


An embarrassment of riches to choose from as we enter the 2019 West Cork Literary Festival, which runs from July 12 through July 19. Best selling titles this month so far include:

The Wych Elm – Tana French

This is a brilliant page-turner, which The Guardian singled out as also “ far deeper and more nuanced . . . French’s theme throughout is the bruised relationship between the world and the self: whether our personalities are remade by trauma, or revealed; what is concealed by privilege, and what is exposed.” Our readers clearly agreed!

A Keeper  –Graham Norton

West Cork’s abiding favourite, Graham Norton, continues to top the Bantry Bookshop readers’ poll. As A Keeper was released in paperback, sales of Literary Festival’s returning star gathered apace, showing nothing but love for this story of women whose roles as daughters and mothers are complicated and deeply recognizable. Norton’s signature sense of humour keeps us hooked into in a gripping tale about the search for identity and belonging. 

Climate Justice Mary Robinson

2019 Literary Festival keynote speaker Mary Robinson’sClimate Justice has been selling briskly in the run up to the July 19 opening event.  The former Irish president’s lucid manifesto argues that grassroots activists offer hope in the face of climate change.The book gives a voice to those who have taken it upon themselves to tackle Earth’s most pressing problems, with its core message that individual local action fosters global idea, and produces positive change. 

Being Various – edited byLucy Caldwell

A deep dive into the glories of contemporary Irish writing, Being Variousgathers a cornucopia of modern Irish literary voices together in a volume that offers a glimpse into a currentgolden age of the short story in Ireland. A spellbinding selection of Ireland’s most exciting new writers edited by Lucy Caldwell, we think this is the best companion guide to many of the exiting writers appearing in this years West Cork Literary Festival.