May
22
2020
 

We now begin a series of posts, one a fortnight, from a young Irish citizen-journalist and poet recently back from China where he has lived for the past five years. He awaits his return. I have been back in Ireland for about five weeks. I’m Irish, but I lived in China for about five years, in Shanghai and Suzhou. Suzhou is the capital of Jiangsu. Jiangsu is a province adjacent to Shanghai. Suzhou has ten million people. Shanghai has about twenty-five. No one would tell you that Jiangsu people sound like the Shanghainese, just a hundred kilometers away. They will tell you that Shanghai has its own language. But Shanghai has no province. It is…

Apr
11
2020
 

A friend and follower of The Lilliput Press chronicled his recent experience with COVID-19, as written about earlier. He here offers another tale from his youth. My very early childhood was spent in a village in West Cork, where my parents made a good living selling everything except their children to tourists. When I was three or perhaps four my hair was blond and my button nose freckled. Most, if not all, of the neighbours were swarthy and Iberian-looking. Nothing to do with Armadas! Much more ancient than that. Down in West Cork it’s a Milesian thing. Locals might ask ‘How’s it going boy?’ but they look like they’ve just popped over from Seville. I…

Apr
06
2020
 

A friend and follower of The Lilliput Press chronicles his recent experience with COVID-19. He has given the Press permission to share his story with you all in the hope that it will inform and amuse during these difficult days.   Been cooped up for ages. The Task Force finally called me for testing on Tuesday and I’m almost better. That’s eleven hellish days after I first reported symptoms to the GP and thirteen days after my initial fever etc. kicked in. Ironically for someone like myself with flooded lungs, the air quality is now fabulous! Living near the airport one notices these things. The once-magnificent Northwood demesne across the drive has an atmosphere of…

Oona Alice Lyons Book Cover
Apr
06
2020
 

Welcome to our Oona virtual book tour! To start the week, we are delighted to present an extract from the book, Oona by Alice Lyons. Read on, or download the extract here – Oona_Extract Oona by Alice Lyons is available for Kindle, for Kobo and from bookshops. 18 In time back when she lived. When she smelled up the car, when her fingers drummed and fingered the fluted-like-pie-crust Buick  steering wheel. When she reached her arm instinctively, braced me in the bench seat beside her every time she hit the brakes in rainy streets. Her presence pulsing, fragrancing the space. Breathwarm car, car where we faced the same way: street signs, lights, suburban streets, Jersey sights…

Mar
31
2020
 

Our Tuesday stop on our ‘Are You With Me?’ virtual book tour is a video reading by author Mike Chinoy. The excerpt describes one of the “world’s greatest organised protests” which Kevin Boyle lead in defense of Salman Rushdie after the fatwā was issued against him in 1989. Initially 1,000 writers and intellectuals from across the globe signed a letter defending the publication of Rushdie’s Satanic Verses. The signatures rose to 12,000 over the next few months. This action put Kevin and the lives of his colleagues at Article 19 at risk. To hear more about this remarkable man, you can purchase Are You With Me? Kevin Boyle and the Rise of the Human Rights…

Mar
30
2020
 

Kevin Boyle played  a major role over many years in seeking a peaceful resolution to the conflict in Northern Ireland. One previously unknown initiative involved his effort, with fellow lawyer Francis Keenan, to use the European Commission on Human Rights as a mechanism to seek a negotiated solution to the 1981 IRA hunger strike. That effort is the subject of this excerpt from Are You With Me? Kevin Boyle and the Rise of the Human Rights Movement by former CNN correspondent Mike Chinoy. Kevin Boyle watched the hunger strike crisis with growing dismay.  Sympathetic to the predicament of the prisoners, and disgusted by what he and many others saw as Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s intransigence,…

Mar
30
2020
 

Following Friday night’s government announcement of strict measures for people in Ireland to stay home for at least two weeks in order to curb the spread of Covid-19, we are no long able to process orders.   Customers can continue to place orders with us through www.lilliputpress.ie and through bookshop websites, but orders will not be processed and shipping has been suspected until government restrictions are lifted. We will fulfil these as soon as we are able.   We want to thank all our customers and friends who have supported our authors so enthusiastically over the past few weeks. It is a difficult situation for any author to launch a book virtually and not to…

Mar
27
2020
 

As part of Adrian Duncan’s virtual book tour for A Sabbatical in Leipzig, you can read an interview he held with Rob Doyle here.   ROB DOYLE: Hallo Adrian. I’ve spent the last two days reading your very fine new novel A Sabbatical in Leipzig. Before we talk about the book, how is it there in occupied Berlin? What’s the city like now? ADRIAN DUNCAN: It’s in lockdown now similar to the UK, but it’s been like this for the last 10 days. People walk in twos on the street, schools closed and playgrounds and all pubs and (heaven forbid) clubs too. ROB DOYLE: Yup. Same as it’s been here. Doubt I’ll be able to…

Mar
26
2020
 

Our Thursday #Sabbatical Tour event was a Twitter ‘Ask Me Anything’ hour with Adrian Duncan, author of A Sabbatical in Leipzig. The Twitter conversations can be found here – or, read on for a full compilation of questions and answers! The Lilliput Press @LilliputPress Welcome to today’s #SabbaticalTour event… an Ask Me Anything (#AMA ) with author @adrian_duncan_ ! Reply to this tweet with any questions you have! We’ll start… you travelled to Bilbao to research this book. How did your trip differ to a normal trip to a new city? #AskAdrian This might be of interest to any #BookBloggers or #BookLovers out there! And don’t forget, @DubrayBooks are offering 10% off A Sabbatical in…