Whiskey Book Club launches in NI

3rd June 2020



If you’re looking for a great way to relax and cut down on the screen time, grab yourself a great book.

And if you want to add accessories such as an armchair, a roaring fire and a glass of whiskey, then all the better.



Maybe you read a book a week. Maybe you haven’t opened a book since school. Maybe you think books just look great on a shelf.

Whichever sounds more like you, there’s no better time to try a new experience.

And so…

We’ve just launched Whiskey Book Club, in collaboration with Belfast’s legendary bookstore, No Alibis.



As well as knowing you’ve supported a local business here in Northern Ireland, with each book ordered we’ll send out a complimentary whiskey miniature* for you to enjoy as you turn that first page.

This month, Powers Gold Label is our whiskey of choice – AND each order will also receive a special Powers Irish Whiskey keyring*.

[*Offer limited to the first 40 orders received.]


Order, pour, read, repeat.

If you want to add a quick ‘Snap‘ in there too (of your whiskey and book moments), we’ll be sending out more whiskey at random to those that share a pic on their social channels each week (tag us, our channels are listed further below).



If that hasn’t made you shout “I’M IN!” already, we’ve something else to celebrate our launch…




To celebrate the launch of Whiskey Book Club, you could get your hands on all this to create your own reading nook:

– 70cl bottle of Powers Irish Whiskey Gold Label
– Powers Hip Flask
– Powers Keyring
– Powers Socks
– Whiskey Club glass
– Your choice of book from next month’s reading list
– ‘Forgotten Library Books’ scented soy & coconut candle from The Bearded Candle Makers

There are two ways to enter:

i) On our giveaway posts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, or

ii) When you purchase a book this month from the list below, you’ll receive FIVE entries into our draw.

GOOD LUCK! Full terms & conditions below.

Please note:
Whiskey Book Club and associated giveaways are open only to those over 18 years of age and a resident of Northern Ireland. 



Our first selection to kick things off; 10 books handpicked by Dave Torrens, owner of No Alibis.

All Irish writers, a few set in familiar places; one’s just become a TV series…


Normal People by Sally Rooney – £8.99

Yes, it’s the one that recently aired as a BBC series.

Connell and Marianne grow up in the same small town in the west of Ireland, but the similarities end there. In school, Connell is popular and well-liked, while Marianne is a loner. But when the two strike up a conversation – awkward but electrifying – something life-changing begins.

Normal People is a story of mutual fascination, friendship and love. It takes us from that first conversation to the years beyond, in the company of two people who try to stay apart but find they can’t. ‘The literary phenomenon of the decade.’


EXCITING TIMES by Naoise Dolan – £14.99

‘The book of the summer … Kept me rapt until the final page’ THE TIMES

‘A sharp, smart, witty modern love story. I loved it’  David Nicholls, author of ONE DAY MORE

“Likely to fill the Sally-Rooney-shaped hole in many readers’ lives” IRISH TIMES

When you leave Ireland aged 22 to spend your parents’ money, it’s called a gap year. When Ava leaves Ireland aged 22 to make her own money, she’s not sure what to call it, but it involves: – a badly-paid job in Hong Kong, teaching English grammar to rich children; – Julian, who likes to spend money on Ava and lets her move into his guest room; – Edith, who Ava meets while Julian is out of town and actually listens to her when she talks; – money, love, cynicism, unspoken feelings and unlikely connections.

Exciting times ensue.


WHERE ARE WE NOW? by Glenn Patterson – £16.99

“No one is more acutely tuned to the heartbeat of Belfast than Glenn Patterson and no one is more skilled at capturing all its love and madness. He does so with both tenderness and humour”, David Park

When he unexpectly loses his job, Herbie struggles to find a purpose. His wife, the great love of his life, has long left him for a Southerner, and his daughter has fled Belfast for London in search of work and an easier life. But a local cafe under new ownership, a friend in need and an unexpected spark of romance give Herbie something to wake up for.

From the author of Gull and Backstop Land, Where Are We Now? is a novel about lost love, growing older and the realities of life in a society still haunted by decades of violence. By turns moving and funny, topical and sharp, it is a life-affirming story of a life not yet over.


THE BUTCHERS by Ruth Gilligan – £14.99

“I binged it like a Netflix show… It’s stunning”, Luke Kennard

A photograph is hung on a gallery wall for the very first time since it was taken two decades before. It shows a slaughter house in rural Ireland, a painting of the Virgin Mary on the wall, a meat hook suspended from the ceiling – and, from its sharp point, the lifeless body of a man hanging by his feet.

The story of who he is and how he got there casts back into Irish folklore, of widows cursing the land and of the men who slaughter its cattle by hand. But modern Ireland is distrustful of ancient traditions, and as the BSE crisis in England presents get-rich opportunities in Ireland, few care about The Butchers, the eight men who roam the country, slaughtering the cows of those who still have faith in the old ways.

Few care, that is, except for Fionn, the husband of a dying woman who still believes; their son Davey, who has fallen in love with the youngest of the Butchers; Gra, the lonely wife of one of the eight; and her 12-year-old daughter, Una, a girl who will grow up to carry a knife like her father, and who will be the one finally to avenge the man in the photograph.


BIG GIRL, SMALL TOWN by Michellle Gallen – £14.99

‘Milkman meets Derry Girls. A cracking read’, Sinead Moriarty

‘A thrillingly fresh, provocative and touching voice’, Marian Keyes

‘Bawdy yet beautiful, full of everyday tragedy, absurdity and truth. I grew extraordinarily attached to Majella’, Sara Baume

Routine makes Majella’s world small but change is about to make it a whole lot bigger.

*Stuff Majella knows*: God doesn’t punish men with baldness for wearing ladies’ knickers… Banana-flavoured condoms taste the same as nutrition shakes… Not everyone gets a volley of gunshots over their grave as they are being lowered into the ground.

*Stuff Majella doesn’t know: That she is autistic… Why her ma drinks… Where her da is.

Other people find Majella odd. She keeps herself to herself, she doesn’t like gossip and she isn’t interested in knowing her neighbours’ business. But suddenly everyone in the small town in Northern Ireland where she grew up wants to know all about hers.



THE FIRE STARTERS by Jan Carson – £8.99

“Gripping, affecting, surprising. I inhaled it”, LISA MCINERNEY

“Jan Carson seems to have invented a new Belfast in this gripping, surprising, exhilarating novel”, RODDY DOYLE

Dr Jonathan Murray fears his new-born daughter is not as harmless as she seems. Sammy Agnew is wrestling with his dark past, and fears the violence in his blood lurks in his son, too.

The city is in flames and the authorities are losing control. As matters fall into frenzy, and as the lines between fantasy and truth, right and wrong, begin to blur, who will these two fathers choose to protect?

Dark, propulsive and thrillingly original, this tale of fierce familial love and sacrifice fizzes with magic and wonder.


DISORDER by Gerard Brennan – £8.99

Tommy Bridge is on a mission. A Yoga mat, his Buddhist teaching and a Glock, his main weapons of choice. Tommy has had a tough time as a Cop. Now he has a clear and definite purpose. Deal with a local crime Kingpin and he may just achieve some sense of redemption.

Gerard Brennan was born in Warrenpoint and is now living in the Mourne area. This is a crime novel set in contemporary Belfast with whip-sharp dialogue. It’s ribald