The Appleman and The Poet
ISBN: 978 1 84351 267 7
With this luscious, posthumous windfall, Lilliput offers a fifth collection of Butler’s essays – found after his death and never published until now – a capstone to the project begun with Escape from the Anthill in 1985: to bring to light the works of one of Ireland’s great prose writers of the twentieth century. Each essay is as resonant and rewarding as those in the existing canon. The Selected Letters will follow.
Subject areas include: Russia in the 1930s (Leningrad and Soviet literature), Europe after the War (Spain and the Balkans), North America in the 1960s (Church and State under Reagan), Autobiography, Ireland (Southern Protestantism, local history and archaeology), Literature (Joyce, Yeats and Rebecca West) – an astonishing variety of pieces composed between 1930 and 1990. Afterword and Bibliography by Butler scholar Robert Tobin.
HUBERT BUTLER (1900–91) is Ireland’s best-known international essayist. He was born in Kilkenny on 23 October 1900. Educated in England at Charterhouse and St John’s College, Oxford, he travelled extensively throughout Europe during the twenties and thirties before returning in 1941 to Bennettsbridge, Co. Kilkenny, where he lived until his death on 5 January 1991. Market gardener, journalist, essayist and historian, his works include Escape from the Anthill (1985), The Children of Drancy (1988), Grandmother and Wolfe Tone (1990) and In the Land of Nod (1996) – all of which won him international recognition. Two new editions of his essays was published in 2012 by Notting Hill Editions, The Invader Wore Slippers and The Eggman and the Fairies.
COMING NOVEMBER 2013
The Irish Years Enrique Juncosa
Vivienne Guinness (Ed.)
ISBN: 978 1 84351 396 4
Enrique Juncosa is one of the foremost curators of contemporary art in the twenty-first century, and a lifelong champion of international art in Ireland. During his nine years at Dublin’s Irish Museum of Modern Art, this Spanish director’s energetic, sometimes controversial style secured this relatively small museum a place in the pantheon of postmodernism as one of the most vibrant and innovative venues in Europe.
Featuring an extended full-colour photographic essay and an introduction by Colm Toibin, this volume of Juncosa’s writings, published by IMMA (in Boulevard Magenta, the Museum’s literary magazine) and elsewhere around the world, includes literary texts (short stories and long poems) and essays on Irish and international artists as diverse as Howard Hodgkin, Terry Winters, Anne Madden, Bhupen Khakhar and Willie McKeown, as well as filmmakers like Apichatpong Weerasethakul. The Irish Years illustrates Juncosa’s unusual or unorthodox exhibitions: pairing, for example, Hans Christian Andersen and William Burroughs; staging an exhibition on Morton Feldman in relation to the visual arts, an opera by Gerald Barry or a concert of electronic music by Ryochi Ikeda.
Assembled for the first time, this collection of writings will fascinate readers and students of all disciplines and interests, providing a luminous record of a particularly vibrant period in Irish art history.
COMING NOVEMBER 2013
The Thing About December
ISBN: 978 1 84351 272 1
‘Mother always said January is a lovely month. Everything starts over again in the New Year. The visitors are all finished with and you won’t see sight nor hear sound of them until next Christmas with the help of God. The bit of frost kills any lingering badness. That’s the thing about January: it makes the world fresh.’
Rural Tipperary at the turn of the 21st century. Johnsey Cunliffe, a simple, naïve only child in his twenties, grieves the death of his much-loved father. Harassed by local bullies and excluded by his peers, Johnsey’s isolation worsens when his inherited farm is re-zoned and becomes valuable. The clouds gather as a local conglomerate tries to tempt Johnsey into giving up his family’s land, while Johnsey, the unlikeliest of heroes, must try to hold on to those things dearest to him.
Tense, complex and beautifully written, Donal Ryan’s brilliant novel captures the loneliness of the outcast, the pain of being an orphan at any age, and the terrible consequences of parochial greed.
Praise for Donal Ryan’s The Spinning Heart, winner of the Newcomer of the Year Award and Bookof the Year Award (Bord Gais, 2012)
‘What a writer!’ – Jennifer Johnston
‘I was hugely impressed by The Spinning Heart. There will be many novels which explore the effect of the crash on the people of Ireland but I can’t imagine a more original, more perceptive or more passionate work than this. Outstanding.’ – John Boyne
COMING OCTOBER 2013