Thursday 18 January 2018

Rush to reprint Heaney as collections are sold out

Seamus Heaney: surge in demand for his books
Seamus Heaney: surge in demand for his books

John Spain Books Editor

POETRY collections by Seamus Heaney have sold out in bookshops across the country following the Nobel Laureate's sudden death last Friday.

All of his works are now being reprinted in an attempt to keep up with the sudden surge in demand.

In the Dubray Books chain of shops, all Heaney books sold out over the weekend.

"There was huge demand on Saturday morning," Dubray spokeswoman Susan Walsh said.

"We normally carry a good quantity of Heaney books anyway because he has always sold strongly and steadily. But by Saturday morning all our supplies of the six most popular Heaney books had sold out. We had no copies left of our Heaney top six – 'Death of a Naturalist', 'District & Circle', 'Human Chain', 'Opened Ground', 'Beowulf and New Selected Poems'."

'Stepping Stones', the big hardback book of interviews with Seamus Heaney which was written by Dennis O'Driscoll, has also sold out in Dubray and other bookshops.

Seamus Heaney's publisher from the beginning has been Faber & Faber in London and it has been reprinting all its Heaney collections this week as it struggles to meet demand.

"We placed a major order with Faber at the weekend and we hope to have the most popular Heaney titles back in stock within the next day or two," Ms Walsh said yesterday.

Irish Independent

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