Martina Devlin: Novel way to remind our emigrants they are not forgotten back home
IT'S a sight to gladden book-lovers, and silence rumours about the book being dead. Teetering towers of hardbacks and paperbacks colonise every available surface in a government office in Kildare Street, ready to be used as a bridge to a community of Irish emigrants.
Books on every subject under the sun – from music and sport to crime fiction and local history – are piled high. But they share common denominators – all have an Irish author or theme, all were donated, and all are destined for a new library in London.
I lift one at random: a novel by Carlo Gebler, Edna O'Brien's son, signed by him. Here's an autographed poetry collection by President Higgins. There's a stack of cookery books by Darina Allen. Their future home is the London-Irish Centre in Camden Town.