Saturday 24 February 2018

Second run of Alan Shatter’s steamy novel ordered as copies sell for hundreds online

Bookmart and Game Exchange on Talbot Street
The signed page of the book.
Former Justice Minister Alan Shatter
Brian O'Reilly

Brian O'Reilly

SOLICITOR, Minister for Justice and successful novelist – perhaps not how Alan Shatter imagined his CV turning out, however his steamy novel ‘Laura’ has proved a sell out.

Printers Poolbeg had originally scheduled the re-print to go on sale in late August, however due to demand have moved the sale forward to later this month.

 The novel sold over 20,000 copies in 1989, telling the story of an affair between a TD and his secretary.

Original copies of the novel are scarce, with copies of the book changing hands for hundreds online.

Shop owner Nick Mansfield, of Bookmart and Game Exchange on Dublin’s Talbot Street, says demand has been high for the book.

His store has come into possession of a signed edition of the original run, addressed to a woman called Nora.

“We’ve had a couple of copies of the book sitting online for years, then two of them sold in a week” Nick told the Irish Independent.

“A member of the public sold the signed copy to us in the last few weeks. There’s been a lot of interest in the book, but there are very few signed copies available.”

Although copies of the original are selling for hundreds online, Nick is offering the signed copy for just €49.95.

The new print run of the novel is expected to reach shops before the end of the month.

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