O Frabjous Day!

Oothangbart new ebook cover2“O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!”

Lewis Carroll - Jabberwocky


It is indeed a frabjous day. The buttons have been pressed, the gears have been ground, noses have been pressed firmly to the grindstone and the appropriate purgatives have been administered.

Oothangbart is ALIVE!

Every now and again a book arrives at a publisher’s impoverished desk and the same publisher falls deeply in love. Many moons ago, just such a book landed in Pillar’s tatty submissions inbox. It was from an award-winning author, looking for someone to love her manuscript.

How could you not love it? Please, take my advice, hurry to your local bookshop or Amazon web page (click here) and take a look for yourself.

The below passage captures some of the inherent beauty and humour, but that is not enough—you must buy the book. I verily insist.


“In the beautifully-isolated Oothangbart, order and organisation, hierarchy and custom, and the regular flying of kites ensure that each finely-mapped hour of each planned week are as predictable and reassuring as the last. One Donal Shaun Hercule Poseidon, a citizen of middling rank with no greatness in gait or demeanour, is not so reassured and is becoming less and less predictable.

Love is partly to blame. Were it not for his love for the baker, Pearl Offerings, his shed would not be filled with ossified bagels, nor would he be constantly fretting over the unsent love-letter that sat upon his mantelpiece.

Nature had its role to play too. Were it not for the leaping fish that emerged unannounced and unexpected from the supposedly-barren river encircling Oothangbart, he might have wandered unnoticed for his entire existence and taken his philosophical questions with him to the grave.

Government is definitely to blame. When the fish-panic seized Oothangbart, Donal was dragged into the machinery of government and thrust into an officialdom which had no place for a creature of thought. This is Donal’s story.”


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‘Fear of Flying’ soars!

9781911303039Just got word in from our U.K. distributors, Gardners, that The Fear of Flying Club has sold out in the U.K.

Our Irish distributors are sold out too, with orders placed for extra copies.


Fear not, if you have a copy on order or if you haven’t ordered your copy yet. The Fear of Flying Club has gone to reprint and will be available in a few days.

It is a great testament to the quality of Angela Roberts’ writing that we are into a reprint only a few days after the launch.

If you simply cannot wait, you can purchase the book in paperback or eBook from the nice people at Amazon, who, cleverly, have stocked-up. (Click here)

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9781911303039On Thursday, Pillar International Publishing will be in the beautiful isle of Man to launch Angela Robert’s ‘The Fear of Flying Club’. The bitter irony is that I hate flying. The double-bitter, lemon-tinged irony is that the flight from Dublin to the Isle of Man is via one of those WWII twin-prop affairs that seem to behave more like kites than planes.

Listen here for an excerpt from the book and think of me…

‘The Fear of Flying Club’, about four people overcoming more than their fear of flying, will make you laugh and you will shed the odd tear too.

It’s available from the 29th of September on Amazon and in all good bookshops.

Click here to be transported to Amazon!

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Puzzling new releases

Full Cover Kids Quiz and PuzzleA new volume had just been added to our series of quiz and puzzle books for kids!

The Clever Kid’s Quiz and Puzzle book has been road-tested on car journeys with rambunctious children and has proven to be a hoot. Now available to buy on Amazon and very soon to be available at all the best book shops in your city/town/village/hamlet.

Packed with Quizzes, Crosswords, Wordsearches, Anagrams and a new game called ‘Detective’ it will provide hours of fun for your curious critters.

Click on the image or here to find out more.

We are also working on the next volume of ‘The Ready-Made Kids Quiz’, which should be out in time for Christmas.



In an new series for Pillar, two crossword books have been unleashed into the world.



Crossword Heaven 1The first is ‘Crossword Heaven: 101 Cryptic, Simple and Quizword Puzzles’

This is a substantial volume with slightly over a hundred crossword puzzles that will baffle, challenge, frustrate and delight, in equal measure.

Click on the image or here to find out more







Cryptic Crossword Heaven 1The second is ‘Cryptic Crossword Heaven: 50 New Cryptic Crosswords’

The author has continued on his series of cryptic crosswords from those in ‘Crossword Heaven’. The clues are influenced by Crosaire, the legendary Irish Times crossword-compiler and are laced with the author’s own devious constructions

Click on the image or here to find out more





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This Mother’s Day …

This Mother's day poster


We all know how difficult it is to find that something special for our loved ones on Mother’s Day. So give up and buy this instead.

Click on the image, already. Or demand it from your local bookshop, already.


The Examiner:

“a handbook for saving the planet”

“you’ll have the price of the book paid back in no time”

“a right good read”


Woman’s Way

“Vintage advice”


The Irish Times Online Book Reviews

“Think life was easier in 1945? … discover a world of congested scalps, swollen knuckles and furred kettles”


Today with Sean O’Rourke, RTE Radio 1

“Fascinating and Fun”

“I love this woman’s approach”

“I was really impressed…the more I read, the more I enjoyed it.”

“Some of the ideas really did work.”

“She holds her own”

“simple but ingenious”

“entertaining and great fun to try them out”


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Time to panic, Last-Minute-Larry!


Only a few sleeps left until Christmas and you still need those last carefully-selected items to prove to the people in your life you have a human side and that all the fuss in the papers is now firmly behind you. Fortunately, yet again, Pillar International Publishing has come to your rescue.

Homecraft Book, The - Ann Hathaway

Firstly, we have ‘The Homecraft Book’, a domestic guide first published in 1945.

“A great little stocking-filler” – Lorna Sixsmith, author

“Vintage Advice” – Woman’s Way

“A right good read” – The Irish Examiner

“Fascinating and fun…simple but ingenious…entertaining and great fun…” – Today with Sean O’Rourke, RTE Radio 1

Paperback and eBook available in all good bookshops and online here!




Secondly, we have the novel ‘Sour’ by Alan Walsh, a reboot of Irish Mythology, a modernised re-telling of the tale of Deirdre of the Sorrows.

“A distinctive debut” Sue Leonard – The Irish Examiner

“moments of brilliant, dark humour and evokes the sense of the mystic and magic of the old Celtic tales” – Nomoreworkhorse

“new and imaginative Irish fiction” – Izzy Reads

Paperback and eBook available in all good bookshops and online here!




Thirdly and fourthly we have the Ready-Made Quiz Books – two books of trivia and quizzes aimed at kids and families. All of the books are at stocking-filler prices.

Paperback and eBook available in all good bookshops and online here! and here!

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