Dec
15
2017
 

The Lilliput Press is open this weekend. We will be at the Made in Stoneybatter Christmas Market on 16 and 17 December 2017. Make sure to come and see all the wonderful stalls, and get some great deals on books before Christmas!  

Dec
07
2017
 

Make sure you get your book orders in in time for Christmas! Last order dates: Republic of Ireland: 19th December Northern Ireland: 18th December UK: 16th December Europe: 11th December The Rest of the World: 6th December    

Nov
29
2017
 

We’ve compiled a list of our favourite books for history enthusiasts if you’re trying to think presents this Christmas. Have a look at these and other fantastic books at https://www.lilliputpress.ie/.   Maria Edgeworth’s Letters from Ireland, ed. Valerie Pakenham January 1 2018 will be the 250th anniversary of Maria Edgeworth’s birth. Valerie Pakenham’s sparkling new selection of over four hundred letters, many hitherto unpublished, will help to celebrate her memory. Dating from 1825, Maria’s letters reflect sixty years of Irish history, from the heady days of Grattan’s Parliament, through the perils of the 1798 Rebellion to the rise of O’Connell and the struggle for Catholic Emancipation. In old age, she worked actively to alleviate the…

Nov
25
2017
 

    Four years ago, in this same venue, I attended the launch of Elske Rahill’s debut novel, Between Dog and Wolf. I bought a copy, took it home, and read it over the next couple of days. When I was no more than a few pages in, my unease began to deepen in tandem with my fascination. Here, I realised, was a writer who would not spare my feelings – in other words, here was the very kind of writer I veer towards. Rahill’s novel plunged the reader without filter or protection into the loveless sex lives and interpersonal cruelties of students at loose in Dublin city. By the time I finished it, I…

Nov
04
2017
 

An abridged version of Luke Gibbons’ speech at the launch of ‘Nobody’s Business’: The Aran Diaries of Ernie O’Malley edited by Cormac O’Malley and Róisín Kennedy […] You could argue that Ernie always kept his cards close to his chest, even when writing his diaries because one of the first things that strikes when reading these, as Róisín mentioned, is the forthright speaking and trenchant observations could not have seen the light of day in their own time. Ernie was taken to court On Another Man’s Wound and he was involved in a liable case. He certainly would have been involved in many a liable case with the content you see in the diaries. As…

Nov
02
2017
 

  Dublin Book Festival starts this week with lots of wonderful events to look forward to. Come to the launch of In White Ink and Rise Above! Letters from Tyrone Guthrie, and don’t miss Caroline Preston in conversation about her debut novel This Tumult. Another highlight of the festival will be Valerie Pakenham talking about Maria Edgeworth and her newest book Maria Edgeworth’s Letters from Ireland on a panel of Ireland’s Notable Women.   BOOK LAUNCH In White Ink by Elske Rahill GUEST SPEAKER: Rob Doyle Elske Rahill’s remarkable stories are sustained by the experience of motherhood and bring the psychological and physical reality of pregnancy, childbirth, mothering and nurture alive in ways that few writers…

Oct
25
2017
 

What Happened to God’s Policemen All of that by way of introduction to William King’s new novel A Lost Tribe, which charts the role of the priest in Ireland, from his exalted position to one of endangered species. King, who’s a Dublin parish priest and a prolific novelist – this is his fifth novel in two decades -brings the memories of almost fifty years of priesthood and an impressive writing style to his best novel to date. The main character is Fr Tom Galvin who, coming towards the end of his life and on a retreat in his old seminary, remembers the old church he knew, the hopes he had entertained, the realities he had…

Sep
05
2017
 

An abridged version of Charles Lysaght’s speech at Adrian Kenny’s launch. I am honoured to be invited to launch this reissue by Lilliput Press (with relatively minor additions) of a book entitled Before the Wax Hardened written by my friend Adrian Kenny and first published a quarter of a century ago. Of its many fine features the finest is its honesty. It is an intrusion of honesty into a notoriously dishonest genre of literature – autobiography. Autobiographies or memoirs are so often exercises in public relations written by the successful and would-be successful painting a sympathetic picture of themselves with a few discreet boasts. It may be that most people are happy not to have…

Aug
30
2017
 

Bray Literary Festival begins on Culture Night, Friday 22 September and continues until Sunday 24 September. It is a festival for people who have a love of literature and features an eclectic mix of Ireland’s rising and established voices in poetry, fiction, memoir and music. One of the voices featured at the festival is Órfhlaith Foyle. Órfhlaith is the author of Belios which was published by Lilliput Press. The novel chronicles a young man who is researching William Belios, an ex-missionary and once famous photographer. As the narrator spends time in Belios’ house in Oughterard, Co. Galway, he begins to unearth family secrets and a layered past. Órfhlaith’s poetry collection Red Riding Hood’s Dilemma and her…

Aug
29
2017
 

A few words by Pierre Joannon at the launch of Michél Deon’s Horseman, pass by! in April 2017. Towards the end of his life, Michel Déon showed an intense determination to see his translated memoir of his life in county Galway published in Ireland.  Far from emanating from mere literary vanity, his determination stemmed from Michel’s desire to acknowledge his gratitude towards the community, the country and the culture in which he had made his home since the early 1970s. Just before his death, Michel expressed this heartfelt appreciation in the book that we are launching today: “My lines on Ireland record the grateful thanks of a French writer who has learned to love Ireland…