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LAUNCH: J.P Donleavy's 'A Letter Marked Personal'

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‘On his final bow, A Letter Marked Personal sees J.P. Donleavy at his finest. Ever a master of his craft, we are honoured to once again enjoy and savour his savage, jocular prose and divine insights into the most absurd thing of all: the human condition.’
Johnny Depp



The Lilliput Press cordially invites you to the launch of

A Letter Marked Personal
the final finished novel by J.P. Donleavy

Featuring:

Bill Dunn,
archivist and editor of The Ginger Man Letters


Join us in a celebration of Donleavy's work!
All are welcome!


Pre-Order 'A Letter Marked Personal' here



Nathan Johnson, forty-eight and restless, began his career as a door-to-door lingerie salesman, reaching the top of the rag trade with a penthouse overlooking Manhattan.

A ‘confirmed social climber’ in 1990s New York City, he looks back on his early struggles, indulging fantasies of life as a country squire on Blueberry Hill – the Westchester estate he buys his wife Muriel as a birthday present. He meets a model from Iowa, different from the rest, and is captivated. When, out of the blue, a letter marked ‘personal’ arrives, his wife opens it and life unravels.

A Letter Marked Personal is J.P.Donleavy’s final novel, completed in 2007. His portrait of a flawed Anglophile delineates the American Dream, from aspirational greed to the vanity of human wishes. This poignant story of Nathan’s rise and demise speaks for the everyman – an apt farewell from one of literature’s true originals.

J.P. ‘Mike’ Donleavy (1926–2017) wrote more than twenty books during his lifetime including The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B (1968), A Fairy Tale of New York (1973) and Schultz (1979), along with several works of non-fiction. His most famous work The Ginger Man (1955) has never been out of print in English; translated into two dozen languages, including Mandarin, it has sold more than 45 million copies worldwide.

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