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Friday 28 July 2017

Brothers behind Happy Pear plan third cookbook

Happy Pear twins David and Stephen Flynn
Happy Pear twins David and Stephen Flynn

Healthy eating duo Stephen and David Flynn have sold more than 100,000 copies of their bestselling cookbook, The Happy Pear, generating turnover of around €2m through the bookshop tills.

The Wicklow entrepreneurs are also set to expand their healthy eating empire of shops and cafes, after they landed €1.5m in investment funding last month.

Two new Happy Pear outlets are planned for the Dublin area in 2017.

Expectations

The twin brothers published The Happy Pear in October 2014, following it with a second cookbook, The World of the Happy Pear, in June 2016.

It was named Cookbook of the Year at the Irish Book Awards last November.

The Flynns are now working on a third cookbook in the series, which will be launched in spring 2018, according to their publishers, Penguin Ireland.

"Our lovely little yellow book has far exceeded our expectations and helped us to share our dream of making it easier for people to be healthier and happier," said David Flynn.

"We're amazed by the messages and letters we receive from people, telling us about its positive impact on them and their families," he added.

Stephen Flynn said the third book would feature practical lifestyle tips and recipes that will help people make positive changes to their lives.

Penguin Ireland attributed the international appeal of the Happy Pear brand to the brother's social media and online reach.

"That people have taken the twins and their message - 'eat more veg' - to their hearts is a testament to David and Stephen's incredible hard work, accessibility and joie de vivre, and to the deliciousness of their food," said Penguin Ireland's editorial director Patricia Deevy.

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