Bob Johnston Books

Welcome to the home of author Bob Johnston and his books.

About Me


My first picturebook for children ‘Our Big Day’ illutsrated by Michael Emberley will be published in Aprill 2022 by The O’Brien Press. I hope to publish more books in the future and currently have one other picturebook completed and a ‘middle-grade’ novel for Ages 8-11 on its second draft.

Indie Bookshop Owner

In 2009 I opened ‘The Gutter Bookshop’ in Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland. In 2013 we opened a second bookshop in Dalkey, South Dublin. In 2016 I was awarded ‘Irish Bookseller of the Year’ at the BA Ireland Conference and in 2017 we were awarded ‘Independent Bookshop of the Year UK & Ireland’ at the British Book Awards.

Husband & Pet Butler

I met my husband, the artist Leon McAleenan, in 2001 and after the historic Irish Marriage Equality Referendum in 2015 we were finally able to get married in August 2016 on our 15 Year Anniversary. The inspiration for ‘Bear’ in my book was our beloved German Shepherd Dog – Sasha (pictured above) who sadly died in April 2021, but we continue to work as pet butlers to Molly the Rescue Cat & new animal rescue recruit – Jessie the GSD/Lurcher X.

‘Our Big Day’ by Bob Johnston & Michael Emberley

‘Uncle David and Simon are going to get married! There’s lots to do, from making the invitations to arranging the decorations, but when the wedding rings go missing just before the ceremony, Bear the dog has to use all of his special skills to help save the day!’

This fun and engaging picture book is a celebration of love, family and weddings and is a heart-warming introduction for children to the idea of same-sex partnerships and marriage equality.

Our Big Day by Bob Johnston & Michael Emberley / 9781788493147 / 18th April 2022 / Published by The O’Brien Press

About Bob

Bob Johnston is the owner of The Gutter Bookshop in Dublin, Ireland. He lives in a small cottage by the sea with his husband Leon, their dog Jessie, and a cat called Molly.


Bob Johnston
c/o The Gutter Bookshop
Cow’s Lane
Temple Bar
Dublin 8