Joan Hawkins

Originally published by GP Putnam in 1974, this debut novel from American author Joan Hawkins.  Set in the turbulent days of the late 60s, it explores a young woman’s journey of discovery as she finds herself at a personal crossroads in a period of massive social and cultural change. This third edition of Underwater is available now from bookshops and online.

Family Money
Joan Hawkins

New York, 1970s. Janet Sproule lives in an  affluent neighbourhood and has a handsome, ambitious husband and two great kids. Yet she’s haunted by the feeling that something is missing. Then an old friend shows up out of the blue, advocating an alternative lifestyle that she realises may be the answer.

Cartoon City
Ferdia MacAnna

Originally published by Headline in 2000, this third book from Ferdia MacAnna is a sassy tale in pure Dublinese. A surreally funny romp of crime and passion – it pogos  along like Flann O’Brien with rock’n’roll. This second edition of Cartoon City is available now from bookshops and online.

The Scent of Eucalyptus by
John Dillon

The Scent of Eucalyptus is set in Ethiopia in the early 1960s. Luke La Touche, freshly graduated from Oxford, resists settling down immediately into a career and heads instead to Africa to seek new experiences and a reprieve from the anxieties of Cold War Britain. Taking up an English teaching position in Addis Ababa, with only his cousin James to guide him around his new pastures, he finds experiences a plenty.
“Wonderfully observed” – Seamus Heaney

Friends With The Enemy by Val Mulkerns from 451 Editions

Friends With The Enemy
Val Mulkerns

Val Mulkerns published her first book in 1952.  Having worked as Associate Editor on the famous Irish Literary review, “The Bell” and published ten books since then , she has been at the heart of the Irish literary community since. The memoir is now available in all good Irish bookshops and internationally by order through Ingrams and good online book sales outlets.

The Light Makers by Mary O

The Light Makers
Mary O’Donnell

When The Light Makers was first published it received widespread acclaim, with critics describing Mary O’Donnell’s debut as ‘compelling’, ‘powerful’ and ‘erotic’. It was an Irish best seller, and the Sunday Tribune’s ‘Best New Irish Novel of 1992.’ This new edition is published in time for its 25th Anniversary.

WexFour - John Banville, Eoin Colfer, Billy Roche and Colm T‚³ib‚­n, edited by Ben Barnes from 451 Editions

WexFour:  John Banville, Eoin Colfer, Billy Roche, Colm Tóibín
Edited by Ben Barnes

WexFour features four short plays by Wexford writers to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of one of Ireland’s oldest Arts Centres, The Wexford Arts Centre.  Already a paperback from Carysfort Press, this electronic edition was launched by 451 Editions at a live WexFour event in Paris on 2nd June, 2016.

Memory and Desire by Val Mulkerns

Memory and Desire
Val Mulkerns

Val Mulkerns, is a long-standing figure of Irish letters and member of Aosdána; this is her 10th book.  The title offers the best of her three short fiction collections, with stories ranging in time from 1916 to 1980. In her Irish Times review of the book, Booker Prize winner Anne Enright noted, “When writing is this accurate, this good, it does not fade”.

451 Editions

After Kafra
Martin Malone

An award-winning novelist, playwright and short fiction writer, the author served as a peacekeeper in the Middle East. This tough story of the returned soldier, fitting into the rubric of post-conflict literature, has been described by The Independent as, “Powerful, truthful and harrowing.” This second edition was published in 2018.