BY ANNE CLARKE
Dublin is the perfect spot for book-loving girls to re-fabulize themselves. I should mention that I work for Tourism Ireland but I've been saying this for years before I started there!
Chick lit writers have long been inspired by Dublin so here's a selection of great spots to visit – all of which have been immortalised by our favourite writers.
For designer gorgeousness, waft around the glossy Brown Thomas department store on Grafton Street in the centre of Dublin city (as mentioned in Cecelia Ahern's PS I Love You). There, you can peruse the shoes and caress the Chanel. Personally, I find it very soothing!
For great shopping deals that aren't designer head into Dunnes Stores (as mentioned in Marian Keyes' Sushi For Beginners). There's a good Dunnes at the top of Grafton Street. Their Savida range is one to check out. Also mentioned in Sushi for Beginners is the sea at Dun laoghaire, which is a short journey (on bus or train) outside Dublin City centre. Marian actually writes some of the book from the perspective of the sea and once you take a walk on the pier you will see why. It's an amazing spot – and really blows away the cobwebs.
I was only in Dublin the other weekend and I came back feeling like I'd been away for a week. My friend Jen and I went and our nails done in a nail bar on Camden and then we took them (our newly fabulized nails) out for cocktails!