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.