eMaker Editions is Philip Casey’s Independent Publishing label
eMaker Editions is my new independent publishing label, which I’ve set up to publish certain books from my back-list where the rights have reverted to me, and all my future new work.
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TRIED AND SENTENCED:Selected Poems (Kindle, ePub, paperback) First edition.
A series of meditations on love and pain, Tried and Sentenced draws on acclaimed collections from Raven Press and New Island Books.
The book I’ll most treasure from 2014 is his Selected Poems, artfully entitled Tried and Sentenced. This superb culling from three decades of verse is not only fascinating for its hard intellectual rigour merged with with lightness and humane grace, but because it may herald a trend of established poets like Casey directly addressing their audience through self-published e-books on kindle or print on demand. – Dermot Bolger, The Sunday Business Post, Favourite reads of 2014.
[link to mainTried and Sentenced page]
THE FABULISTS (Kindle, ePub, Paperback).Second edition (revised).
In December 1989, Tess and Mungo spot each other while supporting The Parade of Innocence in Dublin. Their paths continue to cross, and eventually they meet in The Winding Stair Bookshop & Cafe overlooking the Liffey at the Ha’Penny Bridge, both of them wary of the other and troubled by guilt. Tess has separated from her husband and left her son behind. Mungo almost killed his son in a fire by dropping a cigarette while drunk. Reluctant to reveal her true self and circumstances, Tess concocts a former life in Berlin, and Mungo picks up on her strategem, inventing a life in Barcelona. Their tall tales fuel a love affair, allowing them, as their stories become more fantastic, to confront their guilt. As Eamonn Wall noted in The Review of Contemporary Fiction, ‘…the stories they tell of adventures in places they haven’t visited (Tess’s Germany and Mungo’s Spain) form a fascinating double narrative, one which allows for deep insights into both of their lives.’ [link to main The Fabulists page]
The Fabulists うそつき Usotsuki
(Japanese Translation) (Kindle and Paperback)
Translated by Noriko Ito 伊藤 範子
THE WATER STAR (Kindle, Paperback). Second edition (revised).
Set in a post-war London still recovering from the Blitz, The Water Star follows the intertwining lives of five characters. Brendan, his son Hugh, and Sarah, are Irish; another, Karl, is German, while Elizabeth, an Eastender who has moved to Citizen Road in Holloway to better her life, is English. As Erica Wagner remarked in her review in The Times, ‘Through the interweaving and the overlapping of these relationships, Casey examines how human nature is shaped by sorrow; how people will find a way – sometimes, it seems, despite themselves – to take comfort from others, to make homes where they can, even among the ruins.’ [link to current The Water Star page]
THE FISHER CHILD (Kindle. Paperback and ePub in 2015). Second edition (revised).
Like the Renaissance painting which fascinates Kate, The Fisher Child is in three parts. In the first, Kate is happily married to Dan, both of them second-generation Irish and comfortable in their middle-class north London lives. They have two children, a boy and a girl, with another one on the way. But when Meg is born, Dan cannot accept her as his child, and retreats to Ireland in bewilderment. In Wexford, his family are partaking in the the bi-centenary commemoration of the 1798 Rebellion, and he learns about his ancestor Hugh Byrne, a rebel who was forced to flee Ireland, presumably to America. Dan will never know what the reader discovers in part two – that Hugh had not settled in America but in the Caribbean island of Montserrat, where he fell in love with Ama, a black slave whose genes have lain hidden in Dan’s family for two centuries. [link to current The Fisher Child page]
The writing is beautiful and the characters so rooted in themselves they could walk off the page. I love the idea of tackling race and history in such a premise. A white Irish couple have a black child. How? Then the history unfolds. We the reader know the history but the characters cannot possibly. Wonderful writer, one of my favorites, wonderful book.
Among my many interests, I’m the founder and editor of Irish Writers Online, which lists the concise literary biographies of more than 650 Irish writers, and Irish Culture, which has over a thousand descriptive links to sites of Irish cultural interest.
A member of Aosdána, I live adjacent to the Liffey in Dublin, Ireland.
Visit my personal website for reviews, etc of my backlist.