The Scent of Eucalyptus out 20 November

John Dillon’s The Scent of Eucalyptus” will be published by 451 Editions on 20 November, 2019 – with its launch taking place the following week 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, who opts not for a career, but a jaunt to Ethiopia once he’s down from Oxford.

Author John Dillon has penned many highly acclaimed non-fiction titles, mostly in the area of Platonic studies, in his work as professor of the classics both in the University of California, Berkeley, and Trinity College, Dublin. This is his first work of fiction.

Nobel Prize winner Seamus Heaney said of the work, “Ethiopia … as landscape and history, is solidly ‘there’”. The book is a snapshot of a world on the cusp of change and casts a wry eye on antics of the expatriate community in Addis Ababa, while at the same time capturing a charming blend of the passion and guilelessness of its young hero. Funny, touching and a joy to read, Africa provides Luke not only a reprieve from the anxieties of Cold War Britain, but experiences that will change him forever.

This handsome, fully revised second edition of the author’s debut novel features an insightful introduction by author and literary editor Ronan Sheehan, and comes in a solid trade paperback format – perfect as a Christmas gift with a retail price of €15.95.  See more here.

2019-10-30T17:17:01+00:00October 14th, 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 and  More purchase outlets to be listed soon, check back for updated information.                

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