A Life In The Tress The Great Spotted Woodpecker Declan Murphy

Thursday, 21st March at 6:30pm – Save the date folks as The Lilliput Press are very excited to be hosting the launch of Declan Murphy’s captivating book ‘A Life in the Trees’. With writer, filmmaker and theatre director, Alan Gilsenan as guest speaker. Attending on the night will be veteran film director, John Boorman and legendary Irish musician, Paddy Maloney of The Cheiftains! Please do come along for a night of wine, music, readings, and with a film director, musician, and birdwatcher all in one place, who knows what else! The event is free and all are welcome, our address is The Lilliput Press, 62-63 Sitric Road, Stoneybatter, Dublin 7  

From a low and quiet sea Donal Ryan Lilliput Press Book cover

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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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.