Emer Martin’s seventh and latest book, The Cruelty Men, was published in June 2018 by Lilliput Press. It is a sweeping multi-generational view of an Irish-speaking family who moved from Kerry to the Meath Gaeltacht and the disasters that befall their children in Irish institutions.
“This is savagely compelling … There’s an incandescent rage at the heart of The Cruelty Men that burns so brightly, it will sear itself into the consciousness of all who read this powerful and moving novel.’ – The Sunday Business Post
Emer is a Dubliner who has lived in Paris, London, the Middle East, and various parts of the U.S. Her first novel, Breakfast in Babylon, won Book of the Year 1996 at the prestigious Listowel Writers’ Week. Her second and third novels, More Bread Or I’ll Appear, and Baby Zero, were published internationally between 2004 and 2017. Emer is also the author of several children’s books.
In a review of her latest novel, The Cruelty Men, the Irish Times described her as “an original, radical and vital new voice in Irish writing.” She has also worked as a theatrical producer and publisher, founding publishing cooperative Rawmeash in 2014. Emer was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2000. She lives in Palo Alto, CA.
The Cruelty Men is a tidal wave that drags you like a piece of debris through Irish history from the ice age to gangland Dublin. A bible of f–cked up Irishness.’ – Irvine Welsh
Irish Arts & Writers Festival, Los Gatos, Saturday, October 13th, 2018
LitQuake Festival, San Francisco, Sunday, October 14th, 2018
Details to be confirmed