Top 35 Books in 35 Years! 


Are you getting into the festive spirit? Lilliput is as festive as can be! What better way to kick-start that festive feeling than kicking back and looking at today’s favourite 5 reads, all with a festive feel!

1. Skelligs Haul by Michael Kirby

Skelligs Haul is a generous compilation of Michael Kirby’s prose and poetry, appealing for his simple, elegant style, his knowledge of unique local lore, and his inimitable observations. Kirby, a man who spent nearly every day of his ninety-nine years on the beautiful Iveragh peninsula, apart from a brief period in the United States, knew better than most that survival demanded persistence, passion, civility and good humour. A segment of this book was a featured reading at our recent Cosy Christmas Event!

2. The Last Footman by Gillies Macbain

Gillies Macbain has been making waves in the bookish world lately! If you haven’t gotten your hands on his debut memoir yet now is the time! Open this book and jump into Gillies’ exciting life story as a footman in the classical big houses of Ireland. An irresistible story told by a charming storyteller, this memoir sheds light on an era of Irish domestic industry, and Irish social history, that has all but been forgotten.

3. Yeats 150 by William Butler Yeats

It’s a classic! What more can we say? Yeats 150 is a collection of essays commemorating the life and work of Irish poet and Nobel Laureate, William Butler Yeats (1865-1939). The book is divided into a number of sections: Academic Essays; Plays; the Yeats family; Scholarly Essays; Yeats Poetry Prizes and, appropriately, the topographical ‘Sligo’, by Sligo natives and visitors to the International Yeats Summer School. This volume is an essential addition to any book lovers collection.

4. A Shared Home Place by Seamus Mallon with Andy Pollak

Did you know that this book is one of Lilliput’s most popular titles? For that reason, it has well earned its place among our Top 35. A harbinger of hope, this timely memoir by one of the most prominent Catholic nationalist politicians in Northern Ireland is a primary source for the social and political history of the province, from the onset of the Troubles in the 1960s to the 1990s peace process and beyond.

5. Dubliners by James Joyce

A true classic, Joyce’s book speaks for itself. The internationally acclaimed text holds a special place in the heart of Lilliput. Our unique and beautiful edition is striking to behold. Dubliners, one of the great short-story collections in the English language, was first published in London on 15 June 1914. If you have a love of history and literature and all things Dublin, this is the book for you!