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Two New Titles from Lilliput Press

Lilliput have two new titles available – 

ON DANGEROUS GROUND BY MÁIRE COMERFORD, EDITED BY HILARY DULLY

Hilary Dully, documentary filmmaker, film teacher and writer, brings forth Máire Comerford’s striking revolutionary period memoir, On Dangerous Ground, with a timely release in line with the 2022 centenary. This first-hand account is one of the last of its era, and includes Comerford’s original text, written mainly in the 1940s and ’50s, and new material unearthed from her extensive archive. Comerford was described by the media as ‘Jeanne d’Arc of the republican cause’. She positioned herself as an able keeper of her own history, and as champion for the many women who, like herself, found themselves excluded from the historical canon of the period. Her memoir places the reader in the lived reality of the time, showing how ordinary lives crossed over with history. 

Editor Hilary Dully not only has access to original documents, photos and stories, but can also see the direct personal impact Comerford has on the lives of people around her. She has a family connection to Comerford and lives in East Clare. Her film work has been shown on RTÉ, Channel Four, TG4 and at a number of international festivals. You can also see her discussing the book at Dublin Book Festival last November here

A POET IN THE HOUSE BY ELIZABETH O’TOOLE

Patrick Kavanagh was famously cantankerous, aggressive, sharp-tongued, a poet who, in his own words, ‘repelled all women’. A Poet in the House by Elizabeth O’Toole shows us a different man: sober, hard-working, spiritual, living with and loved by herself, her husband and their four small children in a Dublin suburb. Now in her nineties, O’Toole remembers her time with Kavanagh with remarkable sharpness and gives insights into his character that are new for Kavanagh scholars everywhere. The influence of her book will tilt our perception of this passionate man. A contextual essay by the poet, novelist and screenwriter Brian Lynch interprets and illuminates the memoir.