Friday Feature Week 23 – Shuggie Bain, Being the Super Vet, The Joy of Food and A Promised Land

Friday, December 4th, 2020

This week as we are building up to christmas we decided to feature not one but four super books that we think everyone should read! 

Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart

First up is the winner of the Booker Prize – Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart. 

It is 1981. Glasgow is dying and good families must grift to survive. Agnes Bain has always expected more from life. She dreams of greater things: a house with its own front door and a life bought and paid for outright (like her perfect, but false, teeth). But Agnes is abandoned by her philandering husband, and soon she and her three children find themselves trapped in a decimated mining town. As she descends deeper into drink, the children try their best to save her, yet one by one they must abandon her to save themselves. It is her son Shuggie who holds out hope the longest.

How Animals Saved My Life: Being the Supervet by Noel Fitzpatrick

‘Next up is How Animals Saved My Life: Being the Supervet’ by Noel Fitzpatrick

How Animals Saved My Life is about what it’s like to actually be The Supervet. Noel shares the moving and often funny stories of the animals he’s treated and the unique ‘animal people’ he has met along the way. He reflects on the valuable lessons of Integrity, Care, Love and Hope that they have taught him – lessons that have sustained him through the unbelievable highs and crushing lows of a profession where lives are quite literally at stake.

The Joy of Food by Rory O’ Connell

Our third book is ‘The Joy of Food’ by Rory O’ Connell. 

This is the book Rory O’Connell was born to write. Not only a collection of good things to eat, showcasing the best of Irish seasonal produce from Rustic Chicken, Swiss Chard and Tarragon Tart to Blackberry and Sweet Geranium Posset, The Joy of Food is also a celebration of everything Rory is passionate about: first-rate ingredients, simple and respectful cooking techniques and the absolute pleasure that comes from enjoying and sharing the result.

A Promised Land by Barack Obama

Finally we have ‘A Promised Land’ by former American President Barack Obama.

In the stirring, highly anticipated first volume of his presidential memoirs, Barack Obama tells the story of his improbable odyssey from young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world, describing in strikingly personal detail both his political education and the landmark moments of the first term of his historic presidency—a time of dramatic transformation and turmoil.

Obama takes readers on a compelling journey from his earliest political aspirations to the pivotal Iowa caucus victory that demonstrated the power of grassroots activism to the watershed night of November 4, 2008, when he was elected 44th president of the United States, becoming the first African American to hold the nation’s highest office.

Available now from Kinsale Bookshop!

These books are available now from Kinsale Bookshop. We are once again open as normal and we would be delighted to see you in the shop. If you would prefer not to visit the shop you can still order books for collection or delivery over the phone at 021 477 4244 or by email at

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