May
13
2016
 

This month’s Friday Archive pick is Overnight to Innsbruck, a thriller by Denyse Woods. It was published by Lilliput in 2002. There’s 10% off it until the end of May! So, why should you buy it? Here are our five reasons: 1 It’s the original Girl on a Train. Sort of. There is a girl on a train, and there is a mystery. We were on to this waaaaay before everyone else. 2 It’s a damn fine thriller Ex-lovers meet by chance on a sleeper train to Innsbruck. What happened to them? Where did they meet, and why did they part? This leads us to the next point… 3 INTRIGUE The drama plays out in some twisty conversations…

May
12
2016
 

NEW! ‘John S. Beckett: The Man and the Music’ by Charles Gannon is available from our website NOW! Beckett was a cousin of Samuel, and enjoyed a distinguished and varied career in the BBC. Remembered in his native Ireland primarily as a harpsichordist and interpreter of Bach’s music, and in the UK as a conductor of the ground-shaking early music group Musica Reservata, John Beckett also composed avant-garde incidental music, and performed on several instruments. Music was not his only passion: he was interested in films, the theatre, art and pottery, and loved to travel. His varied career included devising music programmes for Radio Éireann, writing for The Bell  magazine, working in Dublin’s Pike Theatre, presenting and performing for the BBC Third…

Apr
26
2016
 

 A message from our publisher, Antony Farrell. ‘The Lilliput Press was proud to herald the 90th birthday of its most distinguished living international Irish author, James Patrick ‘Mike’ Donleavy, on Saturday 23rd of April. We wish him longevity and congratulations. Family, friends and close associates gathered at his lakeside home, Levington Park, Mullingar, County Westmeath, to mark and celebrate the occasion In July 2015 Lilliput published the 60th anniversary edition of The Ginger Man with a forward by Johnny Depp and essays by other luminaries to considerable acclaim. In October 2015 J.P. Donleavy was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards committee. Later this year, 2016, his career will be crowned by the conferral of an honorary doctorate…

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…

Mar
11
2016
 

This week we bring you Bird in the Snow by Michael Harding from the not-so-dusty shelves of our archive! The Sunday Business Post called it ‘a powerful, dramatic read,’ while Books Ireland called Harding’s writing ‘supple and utterly modern.’ Set over the course of 24 hours in the life of Birdie Waters – a woman who has just buried her troubled son – the book is a journey through the memories of an old woman in rural Ireland, and it is delicately and affectingly handled by Harding. It’s a quiet, moving book that suits the end of winter and the start of the early evenings quite perfectly. It’s on sale for the special price of €10.00 this week for being our archive…

Feb
26
2016
 

Aidan Mathews’ latest short story collection, Charlie Chaplin’s Wishbone and Other Stories, really has something for everyone. The author displays his flair for delving into the minds of an eclectic group of characters – from ‘A Woman from Walkinstown‘, musing on the decline of her name, Mary, to the teenage girl spending a Saturday afternoon with her separated father. Decades pass within its pages – the imprisonment of Anton Artaud in 1937 gives way to the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, while stories set in our time make substantial appearances. In light of this impressive range, we pick Aidan’s brains about the nature of form, the helping hands of Puffin paperbacks, and the short story masters you should…

Jan
29
2016
 

Rob Doyle’s latest collection, This is the Ritual, is published by The Lilliput Press and is available in all good bookshops now. We asked him about his writing.    Q. 1.  What do you start with?  Do you have the seed of an idea in place when you begin to write?  Do you have a much more general notion of what the story might be or is the story more or less clear in your mind from the beginning? A.      I never have any kind of plan, plot or characters when I first start writing a piece of fiction. What I do have, very often, is a place. I’ll start writing to summon up the atmosphere…

Jan
25
2016
 

Dear Readers, Welcome to the Lilliput blog! Allow us to introduce you to our new website, the online home for all our books. It’s your one-stop shop for really good Irish books (and must-have tote bags). So it’s a lot like our old website, but with improved features and prettier! Here at the blog, we’ll keep you up to date on all the titles available at our online bookshop where you can now search all our titles by category. Looking for a book about the 1916 Rising? Select “Irish History” from the drop-down list.  Want to know what we here at the Press are reading these days? Click on “Staff Pick.” You can also easily sort…