Aug
01
2018
 

Donal Ryan was long listed for the Man Booker 2018 Prize on 23rd July for his latest novel From a Low and Quiet Sea. The Lilliput Press has a limited edition of the title for sale, all signed by the author. The Man Booker Prize is recognised as the leading prize for literary fiction written in English. This year the long list comprises of 13 novels. There are 2 other Irish writers on the long list, Sally Rooney and Anna Burns. The shortlist will be announced on 20th September and the winner on the 16th October. Ryan’s novel From a Low and Quiet Sea is about three men, each of whom is searching for something…

Jul
20
2018
 

On Wednesday 18th July Constance Markievicz was honoured in the House of Commons as the first elected female to the British Parliament. A photographic reproduction of an oil painting of Markievicz, owned by the Hugh Lane gallery, will go on permanent display in Westminster. This is as part of Westminster’s ‘Voice and Vote’ exhibition, which highlights the role of women within parliament. The Lilliput Press published Anne Haverty’s biography ‘Constance Markievicz: Irish Revolutionary’ in 2016. It is a landmark text in Markievicz studies, which provides a complete account of a woman often maligned and misunderstood. It is must read for anyone from the general reader to the serious student of Irish history. Constance Markievicz remains…

Jun
19
2018
 

Bloomsday at Lilliput was celebrated on Friday 15th, on the eve of the day itself. Our event began in the early evening with Burgundy and Gorgonzola reminiscent of Leopold Bloom stopping in Davy Byrne’s in Ulysses. Sam Coll, the author of The Abode of Fancy kicked off the night by giving an energetic reading of passage from Finnegans Wake. Next, we had the main event of the evening – the launch of The Mookse & the Gripes as illustrated by Thomas McNally. This beautifully illustrated book went down a treat with all the attendees, as did the speech Thomas made, thanking his family for their support. Emer Martin, the author of The Cruelty Men did…

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…

Feb
23
2018
 

My name is Livia. I am a student in St. Andrews College, and I decided to spend my Transition Year work experience working in publishing at The Lilliput Press. I wanted to do publishing as I’ve always had a keen interest in literature and other humanities. I was excited to work at Lilliput since I would be able to learn about the process involved in book publishing; a combination of publicity, editorial and overall managerial work. Because Lilliput is an independent company, the work scheduling and consistency is less rigid or corporate, allowing me to experience all the different aspects and jobs involved in publishing in a hospitable environment. I have very much enjoyed my…

Jan
30
2017
 

Our first title of 2017 is Michel Déon’s moving tribute to his life in Ireland, ‘Horseman, Pass By!’ Déon was a novelist and distinguished member of Academie Francaise,  best known as the author of The Purple Taxi, which became a film in 1977 starring Fred Astaire. Déon passed away in December, after, so the story goes, awakening for just long enough to hold the first copy of the book in his hands. These reflective essays about Déon’s life and experiences in the west of Ireland describe the colourful and varied personalities that he came across since moving to Galway in the mid-1970s with his wife and two children. From his friendship with John McGahern and…

Jan
16
2017
 

Over Christmas, Sam Coll’s stunning debut The Abode of Fancy received two amazing reviews, one from Andrew Gallix in the Guardian, and the second from Matthew Parkinson-Bennett in the Dublin Review of Books. Gallix lauded Coll for displaying ‘an emotional intelligence beyond his years: the unflinching, compassionate depiction of loneliness and ageing provides a melancholy undertow to the lusty comedy.’ Meanwhile, Parkinson-Bennett touted Coll as ‘one of the most interesting artists of his generation.’ Here at Lilliput we are overjoyed that Sam Coll is getting the recognition he deserves for his, as Andrew Gallix puts it, ‘ freewheeling doorstopper about hard-drinking oddballs and fantastical creatures.’ Pick up your copy here or pop in store to…

Jan
16
2017
 

PUBLISHING & PRODUCTION MANAGER (Maternity Cover) The Lilliput Press is seeking a Publishing & Production Manager on a 6-12 month contract to cover maternity leave. The successful candidate will have suitable experience in a book publishing environment, preferably in a project management or coordination role, and must be able to hit the ground running. REQUIRED SKILLS Core Competencies Suitable experience in a book publishing environment in a project management, coordination or administration role Demonstrated administration and office management skills Mac-based computer literacy (MS Office, Internet, Gmail, Adobe Acrobat Pro, Photoshop & Indesign, WordPress, FTP programs) Strong editorial and proofreading skills, and outstanding attention to detail Familiarity with typesetting and design programs Excellent people management, mentoring…

Apr
08
2016
 

On Wednesday 6th April, the Irish Writers Centre hosted the Dublin launch of ‘The Boy in the Mask: The Hidden World of Lawrence of Arabia’ with Dick Benson-Gyles. Kate O’Toole, daughter of the late Peter O’Toole, who starred in David Lean’s ‘Lawrence of Arabia,’ introduced the event. The evening was convivial and Kate O’Toole was an engaging guest speaker, who mentioned the similarities between her father and the elusive figure of Lawrence. Below are some photographs of the event, taken by Suzy Freeman.

Mar
31
2016
 

With the Rising celebrations, Easter Weekend, and the launch of one of our new books in a beautiful castle, March was an eventful month for Ireland and for us here at Lilliput! We released four (phew) new titles, garnered reviews from the Irish Times, the Irish Arts Review, and many more – we even caught the eye of the Mail Online. Herewith, a round-up of what we got up to in the whirlwind blink-and-you’ll-miss-it month that was March 2016. MEDIA & REVIEWS John Behan: The Bull of Sheriff Street by Adrian Frazier received some terrific reviews from The Irish Times and the Irish Arts Review this month. The book is praised for its genuineness and its good-natured spirit, as well…