What you should be reading … and why!

Of course we here at Pillar are biased. We believe that you should be reading all of our books and perhaps ordering several copies of each in case there is an outbreak of scurvy and you are caught unprepared.

To help you decide which book to buy (all of them) and to help justify the expense to your loved ones and pets, we have prepared a short description of the titles most in demand at chic parties and crematoria gift stores.

Most importantly, each section comes with a link to Amazon, which will expedite this sordid affair.

All of the books are available as eBook or paperback.


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Last Orders at the Changamire Arms: Humorous Memoirs of a Rhodesian D.C.

By Robin Walker


What’s it about?

Robin was a District Commissioner during the dying days of Smith’s Rhodesia. A master-story-teller, he recounts tales of functionaries and dysfunction in these very unusual times. This book will transport you to a different country, a different time, a different set of sensibilities, all the while making you laugh out loud.

Why should I buy it?

One reviewer on Amazon, who we didn’t pay, described it thus –

“Walker has captured the absurd, tragic theater of resentment that has spun off post-colonial Africa in a way that will remain singular to my way of thinking. Uniquely, potently appropriate. Funny. Devastatingly funny. Add a star if you’re an African or grew up in the U.K.”


If you know nothing about Rhodesia, then this is an excellent place to start.

Mybook.to/Changamire     <— click here to buy!




The Young Dictator

By Rhys Hughes


What’s it about?

Rhys Hughes, Welsh word wrangler, presents an absurd faux children’s story about Jenny Khan, a young girl who, with the aid of her scheming gran, rises to the greatest office in the land. It is a reality-twisting tale of innocence and nefarious plot-making.

Why should I buy it?

If you are unhappy with the humour section in your library and dream of feasting on Milligan-esque wit and wordplay then here is your remedy.


This book is bizarre and, much like peanut butter and jelly, needs to be tasted to be believed.

Mybook.to/YoungDictator   <— click here to buy!




Rum Humour/Rum Humor

By Thaddeus Lovecraft


What’s it about?

A set of absurdly funny short stories covering such important topics as sex with bees and wartime Gazebo-based rom-com, this is a book which sets out to make you laugh in short bursts like a mirth machine gun.

Why should I buy it?

This book will make train journeys seem shorter and render visits to the toilet infinitely more enjoyable. Influences of Woody Allen and Douglas Adams flavour the text, adding to Lovecraft’s uniquely disturbed world-view.


If this book does not make you laugh then you may already be dead – hence it is an excellent addition to every first-aid kit.

Mybook.to/RumHumour   <— click here to buy!




KIDSQUIZ - mark lloydThe Ready-Made Quiz and The Ready-Made Kids Quiz

By Mark Lloyd


What’s it about?

These two books are crammed full of trivial entertainment for quiz-lovers. They are organised into rounds of 10 general knowledge questions. They are designed to be read by those who love quizzes and used by those who set quizzes.

Why should I buy it?

Challenging for you and your family but not up in the genius register, so making it accessible to thickies such as you and I.


Do you want your children to succeed?


Mybook.to/Rmkq            <— click here to buy The Ready-Made Kids Quiz

Mybook.to/Rmq              <— click here to buy The Ready-Made Quiz

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Literally literary proof that you are literally Irish.


By Thaddeus Lovecraft


So you think you’re Irish, eh? Can you prove it with your library?

Here’s a list of the ten books we believe will prove your Irish provenance, wherever in the world you find yourself. How many have you tried to read? What others would you suggest?

(The titles are links, by the way)






Dubliners by James Joyce

Let’s be honest. You tried to read Ulysses and failed. You tried Finnegan’s Wake and failed. This you just managed.

Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt

You cried so hard your eyeballs fell out.

Pinhead Duffy by Helena Close

You read this to overcome Frank McCourt Syndrome. Eyeballs firmly back in place.

Damned to Fame: The Life of Samuel Beckett by James Knowlson

You’ve seen Waiting for Godot on TV or maybe at The Gate and your WTF moment led you to buy and read this book.

The Third Policeman by Flann O’Brien

Bought when it featured in the TV series ‘Lost’, you hoped it would prove to be the key to the show’s convoluted riddles. Many years later, you still haven’t got past the first chapter and you’re still baffled by the last episode of ‘Lost’.

The Barrytown Trilogy by Roddy Doyle

You remember watching The Commitments and thinking, ‘Yeah, we are the blacks of Europe.’

The Country Girls by Enda O’Brien

You found this in your mother’s room and had to sneak it back every day.

Circle of Friends by Maeve Binchy

Your mother found this in your room and had to sneak it back every day.

Anything by Ross O’Carroll-Kelly

If you live in Dublin or are from Dublin, then you will have bought eleventeen Ross O’Carroll books in the last two days. If you are from outside The Pale, then you may not know who he is.

Opened Ground: Selected Poems, 1966-1996 by Seamus Heaney

After Soundings, this is the only poetry book that you own. It was a present from someone who thought that you are more sophisticated than you actually are. When the great man passed you picked up the book and read a few poems, resulting in a minor epiphany where you realised that you are a deal less sophisticated than you thought.




Thaddeus Lovecraft is a rogue, a scoundrel and a chronic lollygagger.

His books can be accessed here, here and here.

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The Welshman is coming! The Welshman is coming!



Rhys Hughes, author of ‘The Young Dictator’ and professional Welshman is coming to Limerick.

http://mybook.to/YoungDictator     <—- Click there to sample his madness.


This deranged wrangler of words will be reading as a special guest at the Oct 7th On The Nail at 8pm @ The Loft, Limerick.


Here is an enormous link to the Facebook page for that event.



Rhys will be signing copies of his fantastic political satire on the night.

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Saturday 27th approacheth …

Thaddeus Lovecraft reads from Chapter 1/2 of ‘The Unbearable Sheitness of Being’, released Saturday 27th September.


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It is time …

Unbearable Sheitness of Being, The - Thaddeus Lovecraft & Nick Faulder

Somewhere in the literary world a door creaks open and a scabby hand claws at the air …


Saturday, September 27th, in the year of our Lord, two-thousand and fourteen …



Unbearable Sheitness of Being, The - Thaddeus Lovecraft & Nick Faulder

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You are invited to Pinhead’s birthday party!


Pinhead3‘Pinhead Duffy is 10’, upstairs @Dolans, 8pm Sunday September 14th, 2014

In what promised to be the Summer of Summers, Sean ‘Nod’ Hickey and his friends Dodge, Eyebrows and Pinhead Duffy begin their adventures with the levity that every 1970s child remembers. Soon, though, the tensions of adolescent confusion, dysfunctional families and the deepest of tragedies – untimely death – tug at these boyish relationships, dragging them into the real world, the world of growing-up.

“Holden Caulfield comes to Limerick and makes himself at home.” – Mary Coll (Broadcaster and Critic)
“…a tender yet hilarious narrative.” – Irish Examiner

It has been 10 years since Helena Close’s Pinhead Duffy was first published.

In celebration of this classic Limerick novel, Pillar International Publishing are bringing out a special 10th anniversary edition.

There will be cake, TK, swiss roll, Blue Nun, music, literature and hijinks.


Click HERE to buy the book on Amazon! in eBook or paperback.

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