By Jean and John Dillon


Travel Diaries 1970s – 1980s


In this tome, Jean and John Dillon open their old travel diaries to take us fondly back to the days of pre-millennium travel, when getting there was achieved with the use of maps and signposts, as opposed to pings and notifications, and being there was recorded in a daily journal. Whether for leisure or scholarly pursuit, Jean and John bring us to North America, Mexico, Europe, Hawaii, Israel – and most fondly of all, perhaps – to Greece. The diaries are frank, witty, and always entertaining.  They represent the first sortie into travel writing for the authors. Click here to read more about the title.

Join us in Books Upstairs, Sun, 15th Oct 2023 at 2:30pm for the launch of BEING THERE

We are pleased to announce the launch of BEING THERE on Sunday, 15 October next, 2:30pm, at one of Dublin’s favourite book shops, Books Upstairs (D’Olier St., Dublin 2). Authors Jean and John Dillon will read from the book and and invite you to a glass or two of wine.


John Dillon

John Dillon is Regius Professor of Greek (Emeritus) in Trinity College Dublin, having returned there in 1980 from a period in the University of California, Berkeley, where he was a member of the Classics Department from 1969 onwards. Prior to that, after graduating from Oxford in 1961, he spent some years teaching English in Ethiopia. His chief area of academic interest is the philosophy of Plato and the tradition deriving from him, on which he has written a number of books. A second edition of his debut novel, The Scent of Eucalyptus, was published in 2019, and he took time over the lockdown periods in 2019 to compile his current book The Lockdown Papers, which comprises a selection of his social and political essays, published over four decades in Irish newspapers.

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Other Books

Scent Eucalyptus by John Dillon

The Scent of Eucalyptus

a novel by John Dillon

451 Editions, 2019

The Enneads by Plotinus

introduction by John Dillon

Penguin Classics, 1991

The Middle Platonists

by John Dillon

Bristol Classical Press, 1996

The Heirs of Plato

by John Dillon

Oxford University Press, 2005

On The Lockdown Papers:
“A witty and well written book”

– John Bruton

On The Lockdown Papers:
“A delightful pot pourri, at times idiosyncratic but written with old-style elegance.”.

– Maurice Manning

On The Scent of Eucalyptus:
“Wonderfully observed. Ethiopia … as landscape and history, is solidly ‘there’.”

– Seamus Heaney

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