Lilliput’s Christmas Gift Guide


It’s all starting to feel a little festive around here, and while we are rather loathe to admit it, Christmas is fast approaching. We have compiled a list of our favourite stocking fillers, perfect for the book lover in your life – and if that book lover happens to be yourself? Even better! To add to the overall jolliness, we’re throwing in a merry 25% off all of our chosen titles. Just use the code Christmas18 to avail of the offer at the check out.


  1. The Ginger Man Letters                                                                                                edited by Bill Dunn

This brilliantly edited compilation of JP Donleavy’s correspondence throughout his lifetime will leave you in stitches or in tears- or perhaps both. Perfect for any lovers of Donleavy’s most famous novel, The Ginger Man, and also for any Irish literature aficionados in general.


  1. Ireland                                                                                                                                by Susan Wood

A utterly gorgeous collection of photographs from one of North America’s leading photographers: a time-capsule of personalities and landscapes, professions and activities. Departing from Dublin and Wicklow, the work extends to Roscommon and the Shannon estuary, documenting street scenes, Travellers, the hunt, cattle marts and pub, cottage and country-house interiors.


  1. From A Low and Quiet Sea                                                                                            by Donal Ryan

Lilliput are proud to publish the bespoke Dublin edition of Donal Ryan’s Booker long-listed novel, From A Low and Quiet Sea, which tells the story of three men. Each searching for something he has lost. Each trying to make sense of the road he has chosen.

One of the best selling Irish books of the year, this stirring novel would make the perfect gift for any avid fiction reader.


  1. Portobello Notebook                                                                                                       by Adrian Kenny

Disappointment, happiness, and uncertainty lead to the realization that Portobello has become – what the author had always thought was elsewhere – his home. Written over the past thirty years, these earnest and deeply human anecdotes form a greater story – of one man’s life in one place. A slight yet multifaceted book that can be dipped in and out of, and revisited time and time again.



  1.  Rise Above! Letters from Tyrone Guthrie                                                     edited by Christopher Fitz-Simon

Faced with often seemingly insurmountable financial and personal disaster, Tyrone Guthrie’s celebrated mantra ‘Rise above!’ was testament to a life lived in the wings of an operatic opening night or a Shakespearean tragedy. Guthrie’s vivid descriptions of places visited are matched by the observational skills of his remarks on the people he worked with, among them well-known figures such as Benjamin Britten, Alec Guinness, Charles Laughton, Siobhán McKenna, Micheál MacLíammóir, the Oliviers and others.

Often humorous, sometimes quite melancholic, but always charmingly written, this collection of letters from one of Ireland’s most accomplished playwrights would make the perfect gift for any thespians on your list.



  1. The Mookse and the Gripes                                                                                           by James Joyce

Finnegans Wake is often described as one of the most impenetrable literary works ever written, but great riches and humour bubble beneath its opaque surface for all to enjoy. The Mookse and the Gripes is the peculiar and hilarious re-telling of Aesop’s ancient fable of ‘The Fox and the Grapes’, as presented in Joyce’s 1939 classic.

The book is beautifully illustrated by Thomas McNally, making it a rich and thoughtful gift for children and adults alike. It makes the often confounding work of Joyce thoroughly accessible, and it is a book to be treasured, read and reread.


The Mookse and The Gripes


  1. Dublin 7                                                                                                                           by Bernard Neary

And quite fittingly at number 7, we have Dublin 7. This beautifully illustrated volume wanders through one of Dublin’s largest and most colourful postal districts, covering the areas of Ashtown, Broadstone, Cabra, Cardiffsbridge, Grangegorman, the Navan Road, Phibsborough, the Royal Canal, Smithfield, Stoneybatter, Church Street and the Quays. This book would make a lovely gift for any Dubliner or history buff, or anyone who just wants to find out more about the rich history of Lilliput’s home place!