Aug
18
2016
 

      As Summer draws to a close we are finally catching our breath after a hectic few months here at Lilliput. We thought we might take a moment to recap on recent events over the last few months and take the opportunity to give the heads up on some exciting plans afoot. We are gearing up for Culture Night, our favourite night of the year as Lilliput opens her doors late into the night to welcome neighbours and friends. We are hoping to entice those curious cats into Lilliput who have perhaps wandered passed our shop but never ventured inside. Under the warm glow of candlelight, Lilliput’s legendary proprietor and editor, Antony Farrell,…

Jul
08
2016
 

In honour of our latest reissue, John Broderick’s An Apology for Roses, we’re revisiting another of his works, The Pilgrimage, for this month’s Friday Archive. Here’s why it’s worth your while! It was banned in 1961 by the Censorship Board. They always banned the good ones. It sold over 100,000 copies in the U.S.A. as The Chameleons.  It combines an illicit affair with a lovely… … Pilgrimage to Lourdes! What could go wrong? It’s also got a juicy small-town plot (see below) Wealthy Julia Glynn’s husband is seriously ill, and is being tended to by his nephew, Jim, with whom Julia is having an affair. The parish priest advocates a pilgrimage to Lourdes, just as Julia begins to receive anonymous letters detailing her infidelities. As the day…

Jun
15
2016
 

On Thursday June 16th , don’t be surprised to see the remnants of Edwardian Dublin swaggering around in straw hats and ruffles. It’s Bloomsday, don’t you know! The day to celebrate Ireland’s favourite round-spectacled Nobel Prize winner and his marvellous opus, Ulysses! And the best thing you can do this Bloomsday is to stop off at the National Library on Kildare Street for the launch of The Ulysses Trial: Beauty and Truth Meet the Law, Joseph M. Hassett’s account of the clash between Ulysses and the law of obscenity in the United States. The launch will take place in the National Library of Ireland from 6.30 to 8.30 on June 16th, with guest speaker Roy Foster. So why not take a break from…

May
25
2016
 

Hubert Butler was one of the main reasons that Antony Farrell decided to establish The Lilliput Press in 1984, after discovering that Butler’s work was out of print. In a detailed and intriguing documentary feature HUBERT BUTLER: WITNESS TO THE FUTURE, director Johnny Gogan traces the fascinating life and output of this prolific man. With contributions from Chris Agee, John Banville, Lara Marlowe and more, Witness to the Future is essential viewing for any Butler fan. The film is currently touring nationally, and will be screened in The New Theatre in Dublin’s Temple Bar on Saturday at 3pm, and on Sunday at 4pm and again at 7pm. Tickets are available on the door, and Gogan…

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…