Archive for the ‘History’ Category
This fascinating book chronicles the early life of the novel Ulysses and contrasts the first obscenity trial, which found Joyce’s prose obscene, with the second, in which the novel was exonerated. It adds not only to the understanding of Joyce but also to the history of the struggle of writers to overcome law of obscenity. The author’s experience as a lawyer brings a deep understanding and analysis to each case. He weaves in a narrative of the text of Ulysses, the contemporaneous historical context and the motives of the players (John Quinn, Judge Woolsey et al) involved in each step of the trials.
Joseph M. Hassett is both a leading trial lawyer and an authoritative literary critic based in Washington, D.C. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and holds a PhD from University College Dublin. Hassett’s book, W.B. Yeats and the Muses was published by Oxford University Press in 2010.
“[Hassett] has a smooth scholarly style that draws the reader in, and his argument is well-researched and persuasive…Hassett creates an engaging portrait of the dawn of literary modernism and will leave readers nostalgic for a time when a challenging literary novel could be the cause of so much trouble.”–Publishers Weekly
“[A] superbly written gem of a book…Hassett’s clear writing style makes this work accessible to all readers, who will find the legal analysis both comprehensive and compelling.”–Library Journal (Starred Review)
“Hassett is a Harvard-trained trial lawyer and a formidable critic in his own right, and so he brings to this book both his literary and legal acumen, becoming the ideal chronicler of this tale.”–Irish Voice
“Himself a Washington-based Irish-American lawyer, he is well placed to understand and assess the issues involved. Above all, as with the best books, Hassett has strong views of his own and states them strongly.”–Irish Times
“In his lifetime (1870-1924) and ever since, John Quinn, the Irish-American lawyer, art collector and patron of the arts, has had more or less a free pass. With Joseph Hassett’s incisive book the curiously protracted impunity Quinn has enjoyed has at last expired…. Joseph Hassett, in his other life a trial-hardened lawyer in the United States, has written a counter-brief. It is remorselessly courteous, even collegiate. It is also devastating. Quinn committed more or less every sin open to the advocate, even if he continued to believe he was acting in the best interests of Joyce.”–Dublin Review of Books232 pages (Lilliput Press)
ISBN 978-1-84351-668-2 Hardback $45.00
London, 1810. A raid on a notorious tavern sees the city gripped with hatred of gays, coupled with suspicion of their political sympathies. A few miles away in St James’s Palace, the Duke of Cumberland’s valet suffers a violent death, which the authorities are anxious to see only as suicide. Caught between these two historical events, the fictional lawyer Wyre is reluctantly drawn into a network of dark alliances that appear to link the raid on the White Swan Tavern, the death at the Palace, and the war against France. Leading to a shocking revelation, the novel explores a labyrinthine city of asylums, brothels, and secret spaces, in which poets rub shoulders with pimps, and where the only constant is illicit desire.
“Turley makes his fiction debut with a superior whodunit inspired by a major sex scandal of the Regency era…Combines a gritty look at the times with a carefully constructed murder mystery that resolves itself in a way that may even surprise genre vet”—Publishers Weekly
ISBN 978-1-910124-10-9 Paper $17.00
In a small medieval palace on Kathmandu’s Durbar Square lives Nepal’s famous Living Goddess – a child as young as three who is chosen from a caste of Buddhist goldsmiths to watch over the country and protect its people.
To Nepalis she is the embodiment of Devi (the universal goddess) and for centuries their Hindu kings have sought her blessing to legitimize their rule. Legends swirl about her, for the facts are shrouded in secrecy and closely guarded by dynasties of priests and caretakers. How come a Buddhist girl is worshiped by autocratic Hindu rulers? Are the initiation rituals as macabre as they are rumored to be? And what fate awaits the Living Goddesses when they attain puberty and are dismissed from their role?
Weaving together myth, religious belief, modern history and court gossip, Isabella Tree takes us on a compelling and fascinating journey to the esoteric, hidden heart of Nepal. Through her unprecedented access to the many layers of Nepalese society, she is able to put the country’s troubled modern history in the context of the complex spiritual beliefs and practices that inform the role of the little girl at its center. Deeply felt, emotionally engaged and written after over a decade of travel and research, The Living Goddess is a compassionate and illuminating inquiry into this reclusive Himalayan country – a revelation.
Isabella Tree is a writer and journalist based in the UK. She is the author of three other non-fiction books and writes for publications such as Granta, National Geographic Magazine, the Sunday Times and the Observer. She has been traveling regularly to Nepal since the 1980s.2015, 384 pages (Eland)
ISBN 978-1-78060-046-8 Paperback $30.00
Published in celebration of Dylan Thomas’ 100th birthday. New York, 1953. A private investigator takes on a tail job for Time Magazine. His quarry is a poet, newly arrived from the UK, who is suing the magazine for libel. The private eye has never heard of him, but he will soon. The mark is the Welsh poet, Dylan Thomas. And in three weeks time, Mr. Thomas will be dead. Based on true events The Poet & the Private Eye is a beautifully written work of historical fiction lamenting the sad end of a brilliant poet.
“Gittins mines Thomas’ real-life last days for these obvious lessons with sensitivity and devotion.”–Kirkus Reviews
“[An] inventive tale. . . Gittins paints a moving portrait of a talented man feted by the same public complicit in his death.”–Publishers Weekly
“It’s a coming-of-age story, really, as our PI, who has never heard of Thomas in the beginning, comes to sympathize with him and even falls under the sway of his poetry.”–Booklist
“The tone here is conversational, making the narrator utterly believable.”–Library Journal2014, 304 pages (Y Lolfa)
ISBN 978-1-84771-899-0 Paperback $19.00
The best castles, historic houses, royal palaces, and stately homes to visit in Scotland. Contains detailed entries with locations, description, ownership, plan, and drawings. 64 pages of color photographs.
“This is the perfect guide to help plan a tour around the majestic castles and homes of Scotland. The informational boxes provide all the assistance readers will need to make their visit a success.”–Library Journal2014, 288 pages (Goblinshead)
ISBN 978-1-899874-57-6 Paperback $19.95
This is a story of suffering and heroism, love, and hatred, death and survival during the most destructive years of the 20th century in Europe. The book recounts the history of Kate Bosse-Griffiths and her family during the Second World War, and the effects of the Nazi policy of genocide on her and her family, of German-Jewish descent. This is a poignant and moving story which relates the murder of her mother, the suicide of her aunt, her surgeon father being made redundant from his post, and the family’s persecution. Following the war Kate went on to be one of Wales’ leading literary and academic figures. The book is based on hundreds of letters, documents, and first hand accounts by members of the family, telling of the Nazi-inspired attacks of Kristallnacht, life under the brutal regime, efforts to flee, and the horror of life inside concentration camps. The Welsh-language edition was Welsh Book of the Year 2013.
“A multilayered, moving literary memoir of a half-Jewish family torn apart during the Nazi era…By turns crushing and uplifting.”–Kirkus Reviews
ISBN 978-1-84771-817-4 Paperback $24.95
When 12 year old Clayton McGhee journeys north with his parents and grandparents in search of a new life, they must build a homestead with their own labor and defend their right to own land from powerful vested interests and deep rooted prejudice.
Thirty years later, Clayton is still forced to defend his livelihood and his family’s safety from racism and greed. But life is more complex now, as the men of influence in this increasingly mixed community find to their cost.
When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloomed charts the massive changes in the United States following the death of Lincoln. It’s also a riveting adventure story about fathers and sons and the difficult moral choices which resound down the generations as America moves haltingly towards freedom and equality.
ISBN 978-1-908737-87-8 Paperback $19.00
On March 22, 1963 the album Please, Please Me was released and a world-wide, multicultural phenomenon was sparked. Created by four street-wise lads from Liverpool, one classy Parlophone producer, and one publicity-savvy manager, the album was only the first in a long line of worldwide hits from this incredible collaboration. Now, 50 years later, The Beatles remain one of the most successful and recognizable groups on the planet.
In this detail-filled book, musicologist Paul Charles looks at the years The Beatles were writing and recording music together. With an open and certainly opinionated eye, he explores their music, their cronies, and their stories. This is rock ‘n’ roll chronology at its best, from an author who knows a thing or two about the music business.
Originally from Northern Ireland, Paul Charles has worked in London’s music industry since the age of 17 as manager, lyricist, roadie, sound-engineer, and agent. He co-founded the music promotion company Asgard Promotions, and has handled a variety of musical acts. A Beatles fanatic since the beginning, (he even has a replica of the Sgt. Pepper Drum head) Paul also brings to this, his 16th book, decades of experience in the industry.2013, 128 pages (Dufour Editions)
ISBN 978-0-8023-1356-0 Paper $16.95
The Irish are often thought of as a nation of missionaries, explorers, freedom fighters, artists, and writers. But for every Tom Crean or Bernardo O’Higgins, there is a Captain William Cotter or Antoine Walsh wreaking havoc around the world. This dramatic book explores the most obscure and unbelievable stories of the Irish slavers, grave-robbers, duelists, con men, drug-lords, and killers who wreaked havoc around the world.
“Natural storyteller and Dublin-based journalist O’Shea brings the past to life in 11 accounts of the “bad guys” of Irish history. . . . Readers who like their history told on a human scale—and with a little blood and backstabbing—will be entertained and educated.”–Publishers Weekly2012, 232 pages (O’Brien Press)
ISBN 978-1-84717-299-0 Paperback $21.95
A leading journal of Irish Studies, New Hibernia Review opens each issue with a personal essay. For the first time, here is a selection of the finest of these, of which four have been recognized as “Notable Essays of the Year” in Best American Essays. This engaging collection sheds light on the perplexing state of being an Irish American-though the question is usually posed in deflected ways. Often deeply personal, each account in Extended Family: Essays on Being Irish American from New Hibernia Review tackles this question with verve; the conclusions range from the piquant, to the humorous, to the bittersweet. This book marks a welcome re-evaluation of the Irish Diaspora that is sure to challenge and stimulate our current understandings. James Silas Rogers has previously co-edited After the Flood: Irish America, 1945 – 1960 and published a poetry chapbook, Sundogs. He is the editor of New Hibernia Review at the University of St. Thomas, and served as president of the American Conference for Irish Studies from 2009 to 2011.
“Extended Family is a milestone in the long day’s journey of Irish America from cliché, caricature, and scholarly neglect to a true accounting of its important role in the making of our country’s multicultural identity. Each of the pieces in this collection—whether poetry, history, or memoir—is a gem. I was engaged and enlightened from first to last. This is a real achievement.”—Peter Quinn – author of Looking for Jimmy: A Search for Irish America – president and co-founder of Irish-American Writers and Artists
“A rich collection of memoir, poetry and scholarly essays, Extended Family provides fascinating insights into modern Irish American culture. The memoirs are particularly powerful, offering personal testaments to the complexities of home, return and family in Irish American writing. A rare combination of human reflection and quality scholarship, Extended Family is a welcome addition to the dynamic field of Irish diasporic studies.”—Sean Farrell, historian, Northern Illinois University – President, American Conference for Irish Studies
“Both deeply personal as well as penetrating and subtle in their broad analysis of what constitutes Irishness today – a time when traditional ethnic identities are collapsing in the United States – the epiphanies disclosed on page after page of this volume are a revelation. The stories function both individually and collectively as a kind of poetic reverie on the continued relevance of roots, communal memory and cultural connectedness as an antidote to the gray conformity and anomie of modern existence.”—James W Flannery, Emory University – Director, W. B. Yeats Foundation2013, 256 pages (Dufour)
ISBN 978-0-8023-1355-3 Paper $18.95