Ferdia Mac Anna’s “Cartoon City”, 2020

For a classic urban sass novel, cult hit Cartoon City by Ferdia Mac Anna is hard to beat, with its wild cast of misfits, rebels and Dublin denizens.

Anti-hero Myles seeks an out from his journo work. When he falls for the redoubtable Mia, however, he is drawn into the heart of Dublin’s underworld with some alarming – and hilarious – consequences.

Ferdia Mac Anna’s career has brought him from comic writing to memoir, literary fiction and film direction.  This is his third novel, originally published by Headline in 2000, that romps through a comic tale of crime, passion and surreal humour at breakneck pace. With an eye for characterisation and a flair for Dublinese, it pogos  along like Flann O’Brien with rock’n’roll.

The second edition of Cartoon City will be published in time for its twentieth anniversary – about to crash land on bookshop shelves, online and in electronic format in October 2020!

Watch this space for more details – including a very special live launch event.

2020-10-12T21:16:28+00:00December 10th, 2019|

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|

Photos from the launch of Mary O’Donnell’s “The Lightmakers”

Author Nuala O’Connor was in flying form as she introduced the special 25th Anniversary edition of “The Lightmakers” by Author and Poet Mary O’Donnell, describing it as a timely re-publication of a classic Irish novel.  The audience, which packed The Irish Writers’ Centre to the gills, was rapt as Mary then took to the podium to give a reading. Following a few words that described the work of 451 Editions from Helena Mulkerns, the crowd lined up to have books signed, or chatted in the light-filled environs of the beautiful house on Parnell Square.  Please see a selection of photos from the launch below.

  • The new edition of Mary O'Donnell's "The Light Makers" is lined up, ready for the launch, 18th July 2017!

2017-07-30T08:49:47+00:00July 20th, 2017|
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