Somerville Press is a really quality publisher down in Bantry. You can find their books in Hodges Figgis or buy of their website. Recent books I have enjoyed are Bishops Move by Colm Keena and the excellent Footprint Under Water by Barbara Fitzgerald. Two new releases from this publisher are The Caver by Carol Burnham and The Diary of Mary Travers by Eibhear Walshe.
The Caver published earlier this summer will be officially launched at Hodges Figgis on Dawson Street, Dublin on the evening of the 2nd September. The press release reads;
"Claire, an American writer, returns to the island of Kythera, "for answers" and befriends a café owner who offers to teach her Greek. But certainty is difficult in the land of myth and "trickster" light. Even her new tutor, who possesses a "strange consonance" with the island, becomes for her, an object of intrigue. When an amiable new neighbour extends an invitation on the day they meet, Claire declines, indicating that she needs to be alone for a while, but subsequently is persuaded to attend a dinner party. There she meets George, a caver from Malta, and falls inexplicably in love. She travels to Crete and ventures alone up a mountain to the remote village where she can be with him near his project. Then the unexpected occurs. Claire comes to Greece in search of answers and finds, instead, a stubborn but beautiful mystery."
Sounds fab and for anyone planning a late summer holiday to Greece maybe the perfect beach read.
Somerville Press's other offering is very different in the form of a great historical fiction novel where the main protagonist is following the trials of Oscar Wilde from nineteenth century County Cork.
The Diary of Mary Travers by Eibhear Walshe, described by Carlo Gébler as 'historical fiction of the highest order' is a fascinating view of the famous historical events involving one of Dublin's now most loved and once most hated genius's. The press release reads;
"It is April 1895 and Oscar Wilde is on trial in London at the Old Bailey, following his libel case against the Marquess of Queensberry, and faces ruin, public disgrace and imprisonment. In County Cork, a woman called Mary Travers is following the Wilde Trials in the newspapers, increasingly troubled by the growing public outcry. Mary Travers has her own secret, her hidden connection with Oscar Wilde and his parents, William and Jane, and dreads discovery and exposure. Unknown to those around her, in 1864, as a young woman, she had been the key figure in a notorious court case in Dublin, in which she sued Jane Wilde for libel, and the resulting scandal filled the newspapers for weeks."
For fans of historical fiction, literary fiction, Irish history and just about anyone fancying a good interesting read. From the first line 'Sometimes, unbidden, pictures of my young self rise up before me' this novel has a pull that draws you in to the world of this fascinating figure and her world in the closing years of the Nineteenth century in Ireland.
My final offer is from No Exit Press a crime fiction publisher with a very interesting catalogue. This time we are following another Irish genius in London, namely WB Yeats in the novel due to be published in late October by Anthony Quinn The Blood Dimmed Tide.
"London at the dawn of 1918 and Ireland's famous literary figure, WB Yeats, is immersed in supernatural investigations at his Bloomsbury rooms.
Haunted by the restless spirit of an Irish girl whose body is mysteriously washed ashore in a coffin, Yeats undertakes a perilous journey back to Ireland with his apprentice ghost-catcher Charles Adams to piece together the killer's identity.
Surrounded by spies, occultists and die hard female rebels, the two are led on a gripping journey along Ireland's wild Atlantic coast, through the ruins of its abandoned estates, and into its darkest, most haunted corners.
Falling under the spell of dark forces, Yeats and his ghost-catcher come dangerously close to crossing the invisible line that divides the living from the dead."
A fascinating reworking of Yeats genuine fascination with the occult and a historical mystery novel, The Blood Dimmed Tide is the first in a trilogy set in Ireland during this fascinating period of Irish history. If you enjoy this keep an eye out for those that follow.