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Grace Kelly’s Irish library: a collection of classic reads … in Monaco

The film star’s roots prompted her to collect Irish literature, including rare editions of Joyce, Beckett and Shaw. The 9,000 volumes are now housed in a lovely, and free, library in the principality

I don’t go to Monaco for the sports cars or casinos but to enjoy a delicate, pea-green first full edition of James Joyce’s Ulysses, published by Sylvia Beach of Paris bookshop Shakespeare and Co in 1922. The book is in the world’s greatest – but probably least-known – Irish library, near the Prince’s Palace in Monaco.

On the shelves are leather-bound volumes of Jonathan Swift’s letters, rare collections of the works of Oscar Wilde, John M Synge and George Bernard Shaw, first editions of Flann O’Brien, Katharine Tynan, Iris Murdoch and William Trevor, and there’s a corner dedicated to Samuel Beckett. It’s an athenaeum of Irish culture in Monaco’s spotless old town, away from the super-yachts and glassy towers of Monte Carlo.

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Share your best travel discovery of 2017 for the chance of winning a £200 hotel voucher

Have you found somewhere really fabulous on your travels in 2017? Whatever and wherever it is, we want to hear about it for our end-of-year round up – and you could win a £200 voucher from uk.hotels.com

It could be family-run place to stay, an unheralded museum that lit up your trip or a locals’ bar with live music where you danced the night away. It might be a beautiful coastal walk, a superb cafe or an amazing beach you discovered on UK break, or an exotic jungle retreat on the other side of the world.

Send us your favourite travel discovery of 2017 via GuardianWitness, with as much detail as you can (including website and prices etc, if possible).

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