ISBN 978-1-5272487-7-9 / 270 pp / 6” x 9” / €10.95 / Pub date: 03 March 2021

“A witty and well written book, which combines scholarship with acute observation ….” – John Bruton

“A delightful pot pourri, at times idiosyncratic but written with old-style elegance … “ – Maurice Manning

The Lockdown Papers is a miscellany of satire,
reflection and analysis of Irish life over five decades from academic and columnist John Dillon.

When Ireland went into lockdown in March 2020, the author availed of the down time provided to compile a selection of his social and political essays, ranging from his first interview with Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta in 1963 to his take on the Greek financial crisis in 2012. Mainly taken from the pages of national newspapers for which he wrote over five decades, it also contains more philosophical reflections and personal essays that deliver a singular and often mischievous view of life that makes this compendium both thought provoking and amusing.

A plum read for anybody stuck in 2021’s extended Covid lockdown, the author looks back at former dark times in Ireland and gives the reader a fair few laughs along the way.  In it, you’ll read his irreverent thoughts on GUBU, the various Tribunals, the Right to Life, fatherly bishops and many more issues that fired Irish passions in the eighties and nineties.

His most recent book is a second edition of his literary novel, The Scent of Eucalyptus, published in 2019 by 451 Editions.  This is his first book of essays.

The Lockdown Papers will be available by order from Irish bookshops and from all international book retailing websites
from mid-March, 2021 in paperback and digital formats.

You can also order a special, signed edition right now – directly from the author on his website.  

For enquiries, please email:  books@katouniapress.com

The Lockdown Papers – Events

24 March, 2021

Online ZOOM launch event, from Dublin, Ireland

With the current lockdown restrictions, the author regrets that there will not be a live book launch for this title.  However, do join us for a lively online event, which will be broadcast on ZOOM on Wednesday, 24 March at 7:30 pm, in time for the anniversary of the 2020 lockdown.  The event will be introduced by Maurice Manning.

Please drop us an email here to receive an invitation.

April, 2021

Live Reading and book signing • Books Upstairs

Although launched online, we are pleased to announce a very special Lockdown Papers live reading and book signing, to be held at one of Dublin’s favourite book shops, Books Upstairs, in the heart of Dublin, close to Trinity College.  It will take place as soon as the Covid19 restrictions allow.  Do write to us to receive an email invitation.