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The Scent of Eucalyptus out today, 20 November

John Dillon’s The Scent of Eucalyptus will be published by 451 Editions today, 20 November – with its launch taking place next week on Wednesday 27th November at Books Upstairs, Dublin. Set in Ethiopia in the early 1960s, The Scent of Eucalyptus follows the coming of age adventures of one Luke La Touche freshly graduated from Oxford. He resists settling down immediately into a career and heads instead for Africa to seek new experiences and a reprieve from the anxieties of Cold War Britain.

Taking a teaching position in Addis Ababa, where his influential cousin James provides all the right introductions, he finds experiences a plenty. He is embraced by an expat community in the last throes of the colonial tradition. He is smitten with Caroline, a fiercely independent British woman, and befriends the rambunctious Simon. Everything changes, however, as he is drawn into the world of Yohannis, a young aristocrat who is part of an emerging generation seeking to transform Africa forever.

Seamus Heaney described the book as “Wonderfully observed”.

This book is a special second edition of a novel published in 2006, fully revised and with an insightful introduction from author Ronan Sheehan.  It’s at once a cracking read and a sharp snapshot of an ex-pat community in Ethiopia at a time of social change.

John Dillon is a well known and respected Academic author, both in Ireland – as one of the great professors of the classics in Trinity College – and before that in Berkeley. He has edited several “Penguin Classics” of Plato’s works.

This handsome, fully revised second edition of the author’s debut novel comes in a solid trade paperback format – perfect as a Christmas gift with a retail price of €15.95.

The book will be available from all good Irish bookshops, and internationally from online retailers such as Waterstones, UK; Barnes & Noble, US;  Booktopia, Australia and more.  It is also available from all international Amazon websites.

See more here.

2019-11-20T23:09:56+00:00November 20th, 2019|

After Kafra by Martin Malone now available

Now available from 451 Editions:  the second edition of Martin Malone’s powerful second novel, After Kafra.

“He is home, but not home.  His mind is elsewhere, his grey eyes on Lebanese soil, his nostrils
taking in the rich red earth baked by the hot khamsin winds … ”

Big boys don’t cry. And soldiers who return from war are expected to slot back into the old routines of home and work without complaint. Yet since his return from Lebanon, UN Peacekeeper Sergeant Harry Kyle finds himself on the edge of emotional turmoil daily, haunted by an atrocity in a remote village. Struggling to chase away demons that his wife and children can’t even imagine, alcohol numbs the horror, but chips away at his self esteem and his health.  His wife is no longer there for him and at every turn he finds ugliness and a lack of purpose that begins to destroy him.

Martin Malone’s second novel After Kafra places a focus on the Irish peacekeeping experience, and explores how deeply war affects any individual who has witnessed it. First published in 2001, it remains a timely book that joins the classics of post-conflict literature.   

Available now at select independent bookshops around Ireland and on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.  More purchase outlets to be listed soon, check back for updated information.                

2018-06-08T08:36:32+00:00June 8th, 2018|