Literature lover in secret Limerick city drop-off

Anne Sheridan

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Anne Sheridan

For the love of books: Roisin in the People's Park. Picture: Adrian Butler
PROLIFIC author Roisin Meaney morphed in to the ‘book fairy’ for World Book Day, dropping off copies of her work to locations across the city last week to promote a love of literature.

PROLIFIC author Roisin Meaney morphed in to the ‘book fairy’ for World Book Day, dropping off copies of her work to locations across the city last week to promote a love of literature.

The Farranshone resident decided to give away copies of two of her books, which were published in the United States. Wrapped in pretty paper, 31 books were dropped off at the Treaty Stone, in St Munchin’s church, in Arthur’s Quay, Cruises Street, Thomas Street, Bedford Row and the People’s Park in search of new homes - and readers.

The two books were Love in the Making - the American version of Semi-Sweet - which was reprinted in the States, and Life Drawing for Beginners. Love in the Making was also translated into Italian last year, and reached number five in the translation book charts, with the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy beating her to the top spot.

Armed with a suitcase full of books, Roisin said she hoped the books might put a smile on the unsuspecting faces of passers-by, rather than “gathering dust” at home.

“I got my boxes of author’s copies, and normally give them to friends and family, but they already had the Irish versions and I just wanted to give them away to promote World Book Day,” she explained.

The mission was also partly to promote a love of hard copies above their online counterparts.

“It’s a sad scenario, for me, for someone who loves books. It’s great to see sales of e-books as well, but I just hope it doesn’t put publishers at risk.” Her ninth work - Something in Common - is due out this April, and she is working on the sequel to One Summer, which was set in a fictitious island off the coast of Kerry. This is the second work in her current two-book deal with Hachette publishers.