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Bookshops struggle to make sure Watchman is stocked

Jane O'Faherty

Published 15/07/2015 | 02:30

Booksellers around the country say 'Go Set A Watchman' has sparked huge interest among readers
Booksellers around the country say 'Go Set A Watchman' has sparked huge interest among readers

The sequel to Harper Lee's 'To Kill A Mockingbird' has become a favourite in Irish book shops, just a day after it was released.

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Booksellers around the country say 'Go Set A Watchman' has sparked huge interest among readers.

Vinny Browne of Charlie Byrne's Bookshop in Galway told the Irish Independent that a steady stream of readers bought the book throughout the day, and by 3.30pm he had just a single copy left.

"We have ordered more. Our distributors are out [of copies] at the moment," he said.

Caoilfhionn Fay of Dubray Books in Bray was pleased with the novel's first day on the shelves.

While the store had about 100 pre-orders, a lot more people simply came in and bought it on the day.

"Obviously people are rushing to buy it on their lunch," she said. "We're delighted with how it's been going."

Ms Fay added that demand for Lee's work is expected to continue "right up until the weekend" as more and more people seek to discover what happens to the iconic characters from 'To Kill A Mockingbird'.

"There is such a buzz about this book. It's not like a usual Tuesday for us," she added.

Eason's head book buyer Stephan Boylan stayed up all night to read the novel after it was released at midnight.

"It's the end of a very long day," he told the Irish Independent. "It's a great read. I really, really liked it.

"Obviously there are going to be a lot of comparisons with 'To Kill A Mockingbird', but it's a great novel in itself."

Many bookshops said they made orders large enough to last the week.

John Gannon of Chapters Bookstore in Dublin said they would have fresh deliveries of the novel within 24 hours to keep up with demand.

Irish Independent

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