Somerville Press is a book publisher based  near Bantry , West Cork , Ireland. Our publishing programme incorporates both fiction and non-fiction, mainly of Irish interest. We also distribute various titles for other publishers - click here for more information.

Dromore, Bantry, Co. Cork Ireland
Tel: 00353 (0) 28 32873
Fax: 00353 (0) 28 328
somervillepress@eircom.net

FORTHCOMING TITLES

THE STAR MAN
by Conor O'Clery

A historical novel about William Keane, a journalist rebel during the 1790's in Northern Ireland.

"A monumental achievement, clothed with a narrative skill honed through decades of top-class journalism" Deirdre Purcell

" Gripping" The Phoenix

"The Star Man, an impressive blend of scholarship and inspiration, enumerates the causes of disruption and disaffection while keeping its tone lively and its narrative engaging" Irish Times

"The novel is a vibrant mixture of the frolicsome and the horrific, leaving you with a feeling that you have been dancing on skulls" Sunday Times

"A vivid work of fiction by one of Ireland's most distinguished journalists casting new light on a fascinating historical period" David McKittrick

UNCLE JACK
by Peter Somerville-Large

New comic Anglo-Irish novel from the master of the genre.

BACKLIST TITLES

SENTENCED TO DEATH
by Colm Wallace

Superb account of capital punishment in 20th century Ireland.

"Sentenced to Death gives an insight into why people were driven to commit the most heinous of crimes and makes for very interesting reading." InTouch Magazine

"Fascinating reflection on the justice system at the time." Sligo Champion

"A riveting read." Irish Examiner

JAMES JOYCE AND ITALO SVEVO
by Stanley Price

The story of the friendship between James Joyce and the Italian novelist Italo Svevo.

"Brilliant....there are only a small number of truly first-rate books on Joyce, but Price's is one of them" City Journal New York

"....explores their relationship with sympathy, understanding and humour" Irish Times

"... a simply adorable book  " The Guardian

“Witty, informative and elegantly written….Stanley Price understands, as all the very best biographers do, that quotidian, commonplace detail and gentle humour can attract the reader far more than grand theorizing”  Times Literary Supplement

 “Stanley Price’s admirable book, so rich in detail and characterisation…fascinating work of scholarship” Jan Morris Literary Review.

 “Lovely, modest and precise....this an enchanting book, as evocative as Svevo's own writing, full of a novelist's skill in evoking character and entirely convincing in its reading of events.” Philip Hensher, The Spectator

 “Crystal clear and brilliant prose”  L’Osservatore Romano

“Readable, amusing, measured and humane”  Jewish Chronicle

BOOKWORM
by Patricia Craig

Enchanting memoir about childhood reading set in 1950s Belfast.

"Joyous and extremely enjoyable book" Irish Times

"Enlightening, quotable and entertaining" Times Literary Supplement

"A fabulous book that will appeal to 'bookworms' from any era" Ulster Tatler

FINN'S FOLLY
by Enda Maher

Captivating novel set in rural County Wicklow.
THE BRENDAN BEHAN QUOTATIONS BOOK
compiled by Andrew Russell

New collection of Brendan Behan quotations.

THE IRISH WOMEN'S QUOTATIONS BOOK
compiled by Jane Russell

New collection of Irish women's quotations.

THE CAVER
Carol Burnham

Charming novel set on a Greek island

"Rich, enthralling, intelligent, a deeply engaging story about interesting people in a magical setting. I loved it." Éilís Ní Dhuibhne

GALLOPING THROUGH LIFE
Major Hugh Dawnay

The autobiography of a legendary international polo player and coach.
HITLER'S IRISH VOICES
David O'Donoghue

The extraordinary story of Nazi Germany's propaganda broadcasts to Ireland during World War 11.

"Fascinating study" Irish Times
"Excellent" Books Ireland
"Outstanding " History Ireland
"Invaluable book" Irish Independent

THE DIARY OF MARY TRAVERS
Eibhear Walshe

Historical Fiction. New Irish novel re-telling the story of a scandal involving Oscar Wilde's parents.

"Impressive and strangely affecting novel...... remarkable" Irish Times
"Compelling 19th century form of kiss and tell" Sunday Independent
"Historical fiction which mixes fact with literary flourish" Mail on Sunday
"Fascinating, entertaining and believable" Christopher Fitzsimon
"A marvellous novel and an ingenious one...historical fiction of the highest order; dark, complex, artful and compelling" Carlo Gebler.
"Compelling story" Sunday Times
"A delight" Irish Independent
"Engaging novel" Irish Examiner

Shortlisted for the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award 2015.

Longlisted for the 2016 International Dublin Literary Award.

BISHOP'S MOVE
Colm Keena

First novel by prominent author and journalist.

"Compelling first novel"
Irish Independent

"Welcome fictional treatment of Irish public life"
Irish Times

"Brave and convincing"
The Tablet


AN IRISHMAN ON THE THIN GREEN LINE
Patrick Goggin

Irish army officer's memoir

THE PEACEMAKERS OF NIEMBA
Tom McCaughren

The full story of the Congo ambush.


MARY TIGHE
Miranda O'Connell

Biography of a forgotten Irish poet.

FOOTPRINT UPON WATER
Barbara Fitzgerald

Second and last book by this brilliant Irish novelist.

"Really impressive"
IRISH TIMES

"Entrancing"
IRISH INDEPENDENT

ROSENHEIM AND WINDERMERE
Brian Lalor

A beautifully written 1940s Cork City childhood memoir.

MIXED BLESSINGS
Peter Somerville-Large

A comic Anglo-Irish novel.

"Splendid and highly recommended"
IRISH INDEPENDENT

"An unsettling backwards look at late-Ascendancy living, tinged with rural macabre, this should entertain adult readers across generations"
SUNDAY TIMES

WE ARE BESIEGED
Forgotten classic Anglo-Irish novel
Barbara Fitzgerald

"Serious and most promising novel" IRISH TIMES

"Consummately gripping and tender first novel" PATRICK SKENE CATLING, novelist and critic.

NOTHING QUITE LIKE IT
An American Irish Childhood
Nicholas Grene

" Nicholas Grene, ever an elegant prose stylist, has here put his gifts to a surprising and vivid memoir"
SEBASTIAN BARRY

" The book is a labour of loving memories. It has great charm" JENNIFER JOHNSTON

ONE MORTAL NIGHT
A Miscarriage of Justice
Patrick Kelleher

A wonderfully written account of a sensational killing in County Limerick just after the Second World War

"A classic of Irish crime literature"
IRISH INDEPENDENT

CATTLEMAN
Raymond Keogh

Memoir of third generation cattle dealer and racehorse owner

THE LITTLE PEOPLE
OF IRELAND

Aine Connor

A fascinating new book on the different types of Irish fairy, their habitat, habits, appearance and level of threat to the general public.

THE RULE OF WAR
A satire on Dublin high culture.
Aoife Feeney

" A cool, witty, astringent and shocking exposé of the Dublin art scene" THOMAS KILROY

" I salute a wonderful new voice in Irish fiction" FRANK McGUINNESS

FASTNET FORCE 10
John Rousemaniere

The Deadliest Storm in the History of Modern Sailing

SLEEPWALKER
John Toomey

A contemporary novel, set in summertime Dublin.

'Funny, smart, intuitive'
COLUM McCANN
'Superb'
JOHN WATERS

HISTORY OF GALWAY RACES

Francis Hyland

Illustrated history of one of the world’s most famous race-meetings.


WEST CORK AND KERRY FOR KIDS
Cammy Harley

A comprehensive guide to activities for children in the area.

CHILD OF THE IRISH BORDER
Nicholas Fitzsimon

A Memoir and Family History

"Evocative tale of growing up in various parts of Ireland"
IRISH CATHOLIC REVIEW

CURIOUS COMPANIONS
Jake Bullough

Ireland to India by Bicycle

THE WORD AND LIGHT
Mícheál Fanning

Poetry collection with photographs by Fiona Morgan

GHOST TRAWLER
Michéal Fanning

New collection of illustrated poetry