"When I'm dead, I hope it may be said: his sins were scarlet, but his books were read."

J.P. Donleavy
Fom The Lilliput Press, Ireland's leading independent publishing house, comes The Ginger Man Letters.The book is a collection of correspondence between JPD and Gainor Steven Crist and JPD and Arthur Kenneth Donoghue. Crist and Donoghue, friends from Trinity days, were the inspirations for Sebastian Dangerfield and Kenneth O'Keefe respectively, the principal characters in The Ginger Man. Two-hundred, twenty letters have been selected by the book's editor, the top J.P. Donleavy authority, close friend and archivist, Bill Dunn, from over 600 in the J.P. Donleavy archive.

The book launch for The Ginger Man Letters was held on Tuesday 11 September 2018 at Hodges Figgis, Dublin Ireland's oldest bookstore. The featured speaker at the launch was Dr. Sandra Collins, director of the National Library of Ireland. Also speaking were Lilliput publisher Antony Farrell, who welcomed everyone and delivered opening remarks, and editor Dunn who explained the backsotry of the book - how he came to edit the letters. (See Dunn's Irish Times article for more on the book.)

Complementing the letters is an afterword by Gainor Crist’s daughter, Mariana, who recalls her father in loving detail.

Popping up in the letters are comments on and news of Brendan Behan, Maurice Girodias, Susan Hampshire, Richard Harris, Patrick Kavanagh, Desmond MacNamara, John Ryan, Susannah York and many more. The volume is richly illustrated with period photographs and facsimiles of some of the letters.The Ginger Man Letters is available from The Lilliput Press and fine book sellers.

Reviews of The Ginger Man Letters

The J.P. Donleavy Compendium, by David Hartzheim

RTÉ ie

Irish Times

Another from Irish Times

The Times

The Book Depository

YouTube Video The Ginger Man Letters -The Lilliput Press

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