Liberties & Literary Fiction: Dublin, we're with you.

A couple of weeks ago my colleague and I sat around our conference table with the lovely Liz Ryan, author of French Leave, and discussed Irish fiction, what we had and hadn't read as well as what we'd like to. Liz was reading Ghost Light by Joseph O'Connor at the time and could not recommend it more; my colleague vigorously agreed and so I decided that it was time for Ghost Light to join my long 'To read...' list. After four years of reading and studying Irish literature as part of my education, I have been trying to read fiction by authors of other nationalities, but I am always inevitably drawn back to the abundance of Irish authors who deserve my eyes and my time.

Shortly after that conversation, Dublin City Council announced that Ghost Light was its 2011 Choice forOne City, One Book. One City, One Book is an initiative of Dublin City Public Libraries and is now in its sixth year. The project encourages everyone in Dublin to spend the month of April reading the same book; this year that book is Ghost Light. Not only does it promote reading within the city but it also gives us something other than 'the recession' to talk about when in polite conversation on the bus, in a queue or over a pint. I love the sense of community the One Book, One City project creates and very much hope to see countless heads hid behind the covers of Ghost Light when I'm catching the bus home! Beware, I may be tempted to ask you what you think!

Dublin as a literary city, as well as Ireland as a country with a rich literary heritage, has come up again and again of late. The Dublin Book Festival reminded us of all that has gone before as well as all that is to come in terms of Irish fiction, non-fiction and more! Dublin was recently labelled the Unesco City of Literature, a great honour but one that almost seems obvious when you consider the wealth of writers hailing from this part of the world. Joseph O'Connor said himself, '...It is surely clear that to describe Dublin as a City of Literature would be like saying rain sometimes falls in Ireland'.

Here at Liberties Press, we believe in Literary Fiction, and given all that has just been said, we have good reason to! We're delighted to have published all of the following, available for online order today!:

The Boy In The Gap by Paul Soye -

Dangerous Pity by Elizabeth Wassell -

Mr Bawman Wants to Tango by Mogue Doyle -

A Ball of Fire by John Montague -
...and more!