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Are you looking for a great gift, or are you just a fan of the best new Irish writing? Through our work with Irish writers, publishers and festivals we often manage to get hold of Signed First Editions of some great contemporary Irish writers (and others too!) We currently offer for these for sale in our Cow’s Lane shop and online here. You can see our current titles below – order online if you wish or reserve them via email. You can also sign-up for our Signed First Editions newsletter where we’ll keep you updated on new arrivals and pre-orders.

  • A New Signed 1st Edition Hardback of 'The Nameless Ones : Charlie Parker 19' by John Connolly. A Limited Edition Signed Playing Card will be included with your order. (Please note that the free tote bags have now all gone!) A PERSONALISED MESSAGE CAN BE ADDED BY THE AUTHOR AT NO ADDITIONAL COST - WE WILL EMAIL YOU ONCE YOUR ORDER IS PLACED TO CHECK FOR PERSONAL DEDICATIONS. In Amsterdam, four people are butchered in a canal house, their remains arranged around the crucified form of their patriarch, De Jaager: fixer, go-between, and confidante of the assassin named Louis. The men responsible for the murders are Serbian war criminals. They believe they can escape retribution by retreating to their homeland. They are wrong. For Louis has come to Europe to hunt them down: five killers to be found and punished before they can vanish into the east. There is only one problem. The sixth. ISBN 9781529398342
  • A Signed & Dedicated 1st Edition Hardback of 'Shadow Voices: 300 Years of Irish Genre Fiction: A History in Stories' edited by John Connolly. A free Limited Edition tote bag and envelope of ephemera will be included with all pre-orders. A PERSONALISED MESSAGE CAN BE ADDED BY JOHN CONNOLLY AT NO ADDITIONAL COST - WE WILL EMAIL YOU ONCE YOUR ORDER IS PLACED TO CHECK FOR PERSONAL DEDICATIONS. The story of genre fiction – horror, romantic fiction, science-fiction, crime writing, and more – is also the story of Irish fiction. Irish writers have given the world Lemuel Gulliver, Dracula, and the world of Narnia. They have produced pioneering tales of detection, terrifying ghost stories and ground-breaking women’s popular fiction. Now, for the first time, John Connolly’s one volume presents the history of Irish genre writing and uses it to explore how we think about fiction itself. Deeply researched, and passionately argued, SHADOW VOICES takes the lives of more than sixty writers – by turns tragic, amusing, and adventurous, but always extraordinary – and sets them alongside the stories they have written, to create a new way of looking at genre and literature, both Irish and beyond. Here are vampires and monsters, murderers and cannibals. Here are female criminal masterminds and dogged detectives, star-crossed lovers and vengeful spouses. Here are the SHADOW VOICES. Please note : At 1184 pages this is a hefty volume! We do not currently have an exact weight but we expect it to weigh approx 1.6kg which means increased postage rates will apply - sorry! We have reduced postage as much as we are able whilst covering our postal costs. Published on 28th October 2021 - Order Now. ISBN 9781529394665
  • SIGNED 1ST EDITION HARDBACK A New Signed 1st Edition 1st Printing Hardback with 1 included on the title page number line - signed by the author on a special bound-in page for the Gutter Bookshop on publication day 21st February 2019. From one of the greatest writers of the century comes a landmark novel of huge ambition. WHAT DO WE HIDE INSIDE OURSELVES? One night changes everything for Toby. He's always led a charmed life - until a brutal attack leaves him damaged and traumatised, unsure even of the person he used to be. He seeks refuge at his family's ancestral home, the Ivy House, filled with memories of wild-strawberry summers and teenage parties with his cousins. But not long after Toby's arrival, a discovery is made: a skull, tucked neatly inside the old wych elm in the garden. As detectives begin to close in, Toby is forced to examine everything he thought he knew about his family, his past, and himself. A spellbinding standalone from a literary writer who turns the crime genre inside out, The Wych Elm asks what we become, and what we're capable of, if we no longer know who we are. ISBN 9780241379509
  • SIGNED AND PERSONALLY DEDICATED 1ST EDITION HARDBACK A New Signed 1st Edition 1st Printing Hardback of 'Night Music : Nocturnes 2' by John Connolly with '1' included on the title page number line. A PERSONALISED MESSAGE CAN BE ADDED BY THE AUTHOR AT NO ADDITIONAL COST - WE WILL EMAIL YOU ONCE YOUR ORDER IS PLACED TO CHECK FOR ANY PERSONAL DEDICATIONS. Note: Standard signed copies will be posted immediately after ordering, a dedication request is dependent on John's availability and may take substantially longer. A free Ltd Ed set of Signed Postcards will be included with your order. A decade after NOCTURNES first terrified and delighted readers, John Connolly, bestselling author of thirteen acclaimed thrillers featuring private investigator Charlie Parker, gives us a second volume of tales of the supernatural. From stories of the monstrous for dark winter nights to fables of fantastic libraries and haunted books, from a tender narrative of love after death to a frank, personal and revealing account of the author's affection for myths of ghosts and demons, this is a collection that will surprise, delight - and terrify. NIGHT MUSIC also contains two novellas: the multi-award-winning THE CAXTON PRIVATE LENDING LIBRARY & BOOK DEPOSITORY, and THE FRACTURED ATLAS, featuring The Wanderer in Unknown Realms, previously published as an ebook, developed here into a five-part novella. ISBN 9781473619715
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    A New Signed 1st Edition Hardback - signed during an author visit to the Gutter Bookshop on 11th April 2017. The second novel from the author of the Baileys Prize-winning The Glorious Heresies Like all twenty-year-olds, Ryan Cusack is trying to get his head around who he is. This is not a good time for his boss to exploit his dual heritage by opening a new black market route from Italy to Ireland. It is certainly not a good time for his adored girlfriend to decide he's irreparably corrupted. And he really wishes he hadn't accidentally caught the eye of an ornery grandmother who fancies herself his saviour. There may be a way clear of the chaos in the business proposals of music promoter Colm and in the attention of the charming, impulsive Natalie. But now that his boss's ambitions have rattled the city, Ryan is about to find out what he's made of, and it might be that chaos is in his blood. ISBN 9781444798890
  • SIGNED AND PERSONALLY DEDICATED 1ST EDITION HARDBACK A New Signed 1st Edition 1st Printing Hardback of 'A Book Of Bones', the 17th Charlie Parker thriller by John Connolly with '1' included on the title page number line. A PERSONALISED MESSAGE CAN BE ADDED BY THE AUTHOR AT NO ADDITIONAL COST - WE WILL EMAIL YOU ONCE YOUR ORDER IS PLACED TO CHECK FOR ANY PERSONAL DEDICATIONS. Note: Standard signed copies will be posted immediately after ordering, a dedication request is dependent on John's availability and may take substantially longer. A free Ltd Ed Charlie Parker tote bag will be included with your order. ISBN 9781473642010
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    A New Signed 1st Edition 1st Printing Hardback of 'The Woman in the Woods : Charlie Parker 16' by John Connolly with ‘1’ included on the title page number line. A PERSONALISED MESSAGE CAN BE ADDED BY THE AUTHOR AT NO ADDITIONAL COST - WE WILL EMAIL YOU WHEN YOU PLACE AN ORDER TO CHECK FOR PERSONAL DEDICATIONS. A free music CD will be included with your order at time of posting. ISBN 9781473641921
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    A New Signed 1st Edition Hardback of 'Cruel Acts' by Jane Casey. Signed during an author visit to the Gutter Bookshop. How can you spot a murderer? Leo Stone is a ruthless killer - or the victim of a miscarriage of justice. A year ago, he was convicted of the murder of two women and sentenced to life in prison. But now he's free, and according to him, he's innocent. DS Maeve Kerrigan and DI Josh Derwent are determined to put Stone back behind bars where he belongs, but the more Maeve finds out, the less convinced she is of his guilt. Then another woman disappears in similar circumstances. Is there a copycat killer, or have they been wrong about Stone from the start? 'Magnificent' Marian Keyes 'Clever, classy crime fiction' Erin Kelly 'I adored this book' Liz Nugent 'Authentic' Jo Spain 'Compulsive' Patricia Gibney 'Powerful' Helen Fields 'Emotional' Sinead Crowley The Sunday Times bestseller and winner of the Irish Independent crime fiction book of the year ISBN 9780008149031
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    SIGNED 1ST EDITION HARDBACK A New Signed 1st Edition 3rd Printing Hardback - signed by the author on publication in September 2017. Amy's husband Hugh says he isn't leaving her. He still loves her, he's just taking a break - from their marriage, their children and, most of all, from their life together. Six months to lose himself in South East Asia. And there is nothing Amy can say or do about it. Yes, it's a mid-life crisis, but let's be clear: a break isn't a break up - yet... However, for Amy it's enough to send her - along with her extended family of gossips, misfits and troublemakers - teetering over the edge. For a lot can happen in six-months. When Hugh returns, if he returns, will he be the same man she married? Will Amy be the same woman? Because if Hugh is on a break from their marriage, then so is she... The Break is a story about the choices we make and how those choices help to make us. It is Marian Keyes at her funniest, wisest and brilliant best. ISBN 9780718179724
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    A New Signed Limited 1st Edition 1st Printing Hardback (200 copies only printed) with '1' included on the title page number line - signed especially for this edition at New Island publishers. This world is a bad dream. Seven men wait in Mervyn's Mountain Bar, awaiting the arrival of Tony Begley and his six-inch boning knife, Sweety. Ray Ringo Wade hides above them in the rafters, silent and consumed by shame as Jody, the only friend he's ever known, lies beaten and bound in the outhouse, waiting to meet his maker at the hands of the bar's raucous inhabitants. A backwoods sinfonia of rough poetry and black comedy about the love we give and the horror we visit upon one other and ourselves. ISBN 9781848406926
  • *50% OFF SALE TITLE - WAS €18.10, NOW €9.05* In 1979 Bridget Doyle has one goal left in life: for her family to produce the very first Irish pope. Fired up by John Paul II's appearance in Phoenix Park, she sprinkles Papal-blessed holy water on the marital bed of her son and daughter-in-law, and leaves them to get on with things. But nine months later her daughter-in-law dies in childbirth and Granny Doyle is left bringing up four grandchildren: five-year-old Peg, and baby triplets Damien, Rosie and John Paul. Thirty years later, it seems unlikely any of Granny Doyle's grandchildren are going to fulfil her hopes. Damien is trying to work up the courage to tell her that he's gay. Rosie is a dreamy blue-haired rebel who wants to save the planet and has little time for popes. And irrepressible John Paul is a chancer and a charmer and the undisputed apple of his Granny's eye - but he's not exactly what you'd call Pontiff material. None of the triplets have much contact with their big sister Peg, who lives over 3,000 miles away in New York City, and has been a forbidden topic of conversation ever since she ran away from home as a teenager. But that's about to change. Signed 1st Edition Hardback. Includes '1' in numerical sequence on title page. ISBN 9780008295394
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    SIGNED AND PERSONALLY DEDICATED 10TH ANNIVERSARY LIMITED EDITION A New Signed Limited 10th Anniversary Edition Hardback of 'The Book of Lost Things' by John Connolly. Signed during an author visit to the Gutter Bookshop. A personalised dedication can be added at no additional cost. Once you have placed your order we will email you to ask if you would like a personal dedication to be added by John Connolly. High in his attic bedroom, twelve-year-old David mourns the death of his mother. He is angry and alone, with only the books on his shelf for company. But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness, and as he takes refuge in his imagination, he finds that reality and fantasy have begun to meld. While his family falls apart around him, David is violently propelled into a land that is a strange reflection of his own world, populated by heroes and monsters, and ruled over by a faded king who keeps his secrets in a mysterious book... The Book of Lost Things. ISBN 9781473657045
  • *50% OFF SALE TITLE – WAS €20.50, NOW €10.25.* A New Signed 1st Edition Hardback of Grace's Day by William Wall. Signed during an author visit to the Gutter Bookshop. Grace and her mother and sisters live on an island off the west coast of Ireland. Their father is a successful writer of travel books that advocate a simpler way of life, though he is so seldom there that his family become the subjects of his social experiments and his children's freedom is indistinguishable from poverty. Grace and Jeannie take turns to look after their little sister Emily. Then one day - Grace's day - a terrible tragedy occurs that changes everything. This is novel about a world of adult self-indulgence and the consequences of careless decisions and dishonest compromises. An Irish Independent Book of the Year. 'As the great John McGahern used to say, there's verse, and there's prose, and then there's poetry; William Wall is a poet in both mediums' John Banville. 'An underrated veteran at the peak of his powers' Sunday Times. ISBN 9781788545471
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    A New Signed 1st Edition 1st Printing Hardback with '1' included on the title page number line - signed during an author visit to the Gutter Bookshop on publication day 3rd May 2018. 'A tour de force' Joseph O'Connor. 'A work of genius' Donal Ryan. From one of the most original voices in Irish writing, Connect is a thrillingly smart novel of ideas that explores what connection - both human and otherwise - might be in a digital age. It is a story of mothers and sons, but also about you, your phone, and the future. ISBN 9781509809837
  • Signed exclusively for The Gutter Bookshop by Tana on publication in November 2020. Cal Hooper thought a fixer-upper in a remote Irish village would be the perfect escape. After twenty-five years in the Chicago police force, and a bruising divorce, he just wants to build a new life in a pretty spot with a good pub where nothing much happens. But then a local kid comes looking for his help. His brother has gone missing, and no one, least of all the police, seems to care. Cal wants nothing to do with any kind of investigation, but somehow he can't make himself walk away. Soon Cal will discover that even in the most idyllic small town, secrets lie hidden, people aren't always what they seem, and trouble can come calling at his door. Our greatest living mystery writer weaves a masterful tale of breath-taking beauty and suspense, asking how we decide what's right and wrong in a world where neither is simple, and what we risk if we fail. 'One of the most compulsive psychological mysteries since Donna Tartt's The Secret History' THE TIMES ISBN 9780241459409
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    A New Signed 1st Edition 1st Printing Hardback with 1 included on the title page number line - signed for the Gutter Bookshop on 3rd November 2017. 'Motherhood, nurture and violence - these are the themes of Elske Rahill's remarkable first collection, In White Ink. Rahill brings to life the psychological and physical reality of mothering, pregnancy and childbirth in ways that few others writers have attempted. The precision of Rahill's prose, the stoicism of her unflinching narrative gaze, reveal characters caught up in violently emotional situations. The version of motherhood found here is painful. Yet its endurance, as nature's greatest force, is brilliantly and compassionately rendered.' ISBN 9781786691040
  • SIGNED 1ST EDITION HARDBACK A New Signed 1st Edition 1st Printing Hardback with 1 included on the title page number line - signed by the author on publication in February 2020. 'Clean prose, subtle characters and intrigue to keep the pages turning' Mike McCormack - 'Chilling' Christine Dwyer Hickey - 'Exquisite' Jo Spain. Twenty-five years ago, a sixteen-year-old schoolgirl and her charismatic teacher disappeared without trace... When Louisa arrives at Temple House, an elite catholic boarding school, she quickly finds herself drawn to sophisticated fellow pupil Victoria and their young bohemian art teacher, Mr Lavelle. The three of them form a bond that seems to offer an escape from the repressive regime of the nuns who run the cloistered school. Until Louisa and Mr Lavelle suddenly vanish. Years later, a journalist with a childhood connection to Louisa determines to resolve the mystery. Her search for the truth will uncover a tragic, mercurial tale of suppressed desire and long-buried secrets. It will shatter lives and lay a lost soul to rest. The Temple House Vanishing is a stunning, intensely atmospheric novel of unrequited longing, dark obsession and unintended consequences. ISBN 9781786499387
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    A New Signed 1st Edition 1st Printing Hardback with 1 included on the title page number line - signed by the author for the Gutter Bookshop in February 2018. 'The Hoarder' is the second novel by the critically-acclained author of 'Himself', Jess Kidd. "Maud Drennan - underpaid carer and unintentional psychic - is the latest in a long line of dogsbodies for the ancient, belligerent Cathal Flood. Yet despite her best efforts, Maud is drawn into the mysteries concealed in his filthy, once-grand home. She realises that something is changing: Cathal, and the junk-filled rooms, are opening up to her.With only her agoraphobic landlady and a troop of sarcastic ghostly saints to help, Maud must uncover what lies beneath Cathal's decades-old hostility, and the strange activities of the house itself. And if someone has hidden a secret there, how far will they go to ensure it remains buried?" ISBN 9781782118497
  • SIGNED 1ST EDITION HARDBACK A New Signed 1st Edition 1st Printing Hardback with 1 included on the title page number line - signed by the author on publication in March 2020. A cracker' Patrick McCabe - 'An irresistible comedy' Luke Kennard Laura Cassidy is going all the way. Hollywood. Starry lights. The Walk of Fame. It's her destiny. At least, that's what her movie-obsessed father used to tell her. That was always the plan. Sure, it's been a bit slow-going, but the stars have finally aligned. The long-awaited new theatre is about to open, and their first production calls for a particularly fiery female lead. This part has Laura's name on it. There's her meddlesome older sister to get past - freshly returned from saving the world. Her occasional lover and stand-in leading man seems to think it's all a waste of time. And probably best not to mention the audition to her mother, especially after what happened last time . . . Laura just has to stay one step ahead of them all. Channelling the era of Hollywood's silver screen and told in a voice that blends devil humour, quiet mayhem, and a singled-minded optimism that might just lead to disaster, Laura Cassidy's Walk of Fame tells the story of a troubled soul desperate to find her place in life. ISBN 9781509829880
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    LIMITED EDITION SIGNED HARDBACK This hardback edition of Sara Baume's 'A Line Made By Walking' is limited to 200 copies and will not be sold in shops. 25-year-old Frankie is living in Dublin and working part-time in a public gallery. But increasingly anxious, she abruptly quits her bedsit to live in her deceased grandmother's creaking house in rural Ireland, close to her family. With an artist's gift for observation, Frankie recounts the beauty and the obliteration of the world as the seasons change around her, from roadkill to kitchen curios, all the while struggling to understand her place in it. This tour-de-force follow-up to 'Spill Simmer Falter Wither' is a celebration of the extraordinary in the everyday, and Baume's prose elevates the ordinary and finds inspiration in the strange. ISBN 9780993459221
  • *50% OFF SALE TITLE – WAS €22.50, NOW €11.25.* SIGNED 1ST EDITION HARDBACK A New Signed 1st Edition 1st Printing Hardback with '1' on the title page - signed by the author for The Gutter Bookshop on publication in April 2019. A startling and gripping novel, Suzy, Suzy follows a teenage girl trying to understand the chaos of her family life. Suzy lives in a dysfunctional household. She can't stand her mother; her father is keeping secrets; and her brother only seems to egg on their parents' erratic and unpredictable behaviour. Alongside her friends, Suzy finds herself drawn into the downward spiral of her parents' relationship, and as a result is drawn into the centre of a mystery surrounding a murder. Forced to make impossible choices, Suzy must navigate the increasingly disturbing antics of her family and the oddities of the mystery she finds herself involved in, while also trying to survive the horrors of secondary school. Narrated by a troubled young woman, the novel weaves a tale of secrets, lies and betrayal in the pressure cooker of her formative years. William Wall is an underrated Irish master with a powerful, distinctive writing style, and an uncanny ability to create astonishingly complex and well-realised female protagonists. ISBN 9781788545501
  • By the bestselling, prize-winning author of When God was a Rabbit and Tin Man, Still Life is a beautiful, big-hearted, richly tapestried story of people brought together by love, war, art, flood... and the ghost of E.M. Forster. "We just need to know what the heart's capable of, Evelyn. And do you know what it's capable of? I do. Grace and fury." It's 1944 and in the ruined wine cellar of a Tuscan villa, as the Allied troops advance and bombs fall around them, two strangers meet and share an extraordinary evening together. Ulysses Temper is a young British solider and one-time globe-maker, Evelyn Skinner is a sexagenarian art historian and possible spy. She has come to Italy to salvage paintings from the ruins and relive her memories of the time she encountered EM Forster and had her heart stolen by an Italian maid in a particular Florentine room with a view. These two unlikely people find kindred spirits in each other and Evelyn's talk of truth and beauty plants a seed in Ulysses mind that will shape the trajectory of his life - and of those who love him - for the next four decades. Moving from the Tuscan Hills, to the smog of the East End and the piazzas of Florence, Still Life is a sweeping, mischievous, richly-peopled novel about beauty, love, family and fate. Signed Hardback Edition ISBN 9780008476335
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    A New Signed 1st Edition 1st Printing Hardback of 'A Game of Ghosts : Charlie Parker 15' by John Connolly with ‘1’ included on the title page number line. A PERSONALISED MESSAGE CAN BE ADDED BY THE AUTHOR AT NO ADDITIONAL COST - WE WILL EMAIL YOU WHEN YOU PLACE AN ORDER TO CHECK FOR PERSONAL DEDICATIONS. ISBN 9781473641860
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