The Gutter Bookshop in Temple Bar is my favourite independent bookshop in Dublin. I’ve been in several times over the last few years, attending book launches and readings, buying books and perusing their great selection of cards. They have won a number of awards and deservedly so, as their customer service is also brilliant. The shop is obviously doing well as last week they opened a new branch in Dalkey at 20 Railway Road.
Although the shop doesn’t have an e-tail site, they do have a brilliant service where you can order by phone and collect or have the book posted out to you, usually within 24 hours. I always believe in supporting Irish businesses and especially when they’re book related, so perhaps if you live in the Dalkey area, you might consider doing a little of your Christmas shopping in The Gutter Bookshop.
Here’s a wee video of my friend Peter Murphy’s book launch at TGBS in January.