‘Derry Journal: The Lost Archives II’ - the latest volume of old photographs from the archives of Ireland’s second oldest newspaper - has been a smash hit with local book lovers.
The compilation of images from the 1950s and 1960s was, according to local booksellers, a “runaway success” in the countdown to Christmas.
Garvan Campbell, of Easons (Foyleside), said the book was “literally flying off the shelves” as the rush for festive gifts reached fever pitch in December.
“Demand for the book has been amazing”, he said. “People can’t get enough of nostalgia and that’s was this book is all about. Its success is hardly surprising.”
Nat Roche, of Shipquay Books, said the book was one of its top sellers during December.
“It’s been a tremendous hit with shoppers,” he said. “If anything, it sold more copies than the first volume.”
Paul Hippsley, of Guildhall Press - joint publishers of the book - said he was always convinced the new book would be a hit.
“Having seen how well the first book was received by the Derry public – it was No 1 on the Easons bestseller list - we were confident ‘Lost Archives II’ would be equally popular,” he said. “Sales have proved impressive once again this year.
“These collections capture important milestones in Derry’s past and enable future generations to see how the city and its people have progressed over the decades.”