Jun
18
2018
 

On Thursday 15th June, we launched of The Cruelty Men by Emer Martin in Hodges Figgis. She was introduced by the poet Michael O’Loughlin who suggested her novel could have been called The Great Irish Novel, such is its depth and breadth. Emer spoke about the 7 year long process of writing this book. She conducted pain-staking research after the idea of the book was formed following the release of both the Ryan and Murphy Reports. Emer concluded by reading three extracts from The Cruelty Men, ending with a powerful passage on the state of our nation, ‘Under the toll roads that they built to slice through a Neolithic  world they refused to understand. Under the…

Jun
12
2018
 

It is a busy week for launches here at The Lilliput Press. On Thursday 14th June we have the launch of The Cruelty Men by Emer Martin in Hodges Figgis at 6. Emer’s book is a sweeping, multi-generational family saga which follows the psychic and physical displacement of a society in freefall after independence. Abandoned by their parents when they resettle in Meath, Mary O’Conaill faces the task of raising her younger siblings alone. Padraig disappears, Seán joins the Christian Brothers, Bridget escapes and her brother Seamus inherits the farm. Maeve pregnant and unwed, is placed in a Magdalene Laundry where her twins are forcibly removed. The Cruelty Men tells an unsentimental tale of survival…