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Tish Canniffe – Izzy and the Magic Rock

Izzy and the magic rock

Tish Canniffe was inspired to write this book based on a picture of her granddaughter Izzy sitting on a rock. This image is featured prominently on the back of the book cover . At the age of 61, this is Tish Canniffe’s first book after spending most of her life as an artist and a weaver.

Izzy had always wanted to have an adventure, but she had never expected that she would become a very important part of a desperate battle to save the animals. She must find a way to get back their most precious possession from their deadly enemies the rats and time was running out…

However, Tish has found a problem will her granddaughter inspiring her; all her other grandchildren now want her to write a book about them. Everyone had selfpublishbooks.ie hope that she does.



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Delia O’Callaghan – Honeysuckle to Handcuffs

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Lettertec was delighted to print, Honeysuckle to Handcuffs, written by Delia O’Callaghan. In 2012 Delia was one of the finalists in the Irish Writers’ Centre Novel Fair competition.

In 2008, while living in Boston, U.S.A.  Delia joined a creative writers’ workshop at the Boston Centre for Adult Education. Taking on board the expert’s advice to write about what she knew, Delia started a novel about an Irish girl living and working illegally in Boston.

The following year, Delia, took a trip back to Ireland, in a disastrous twist of faith which turned her life upside down – she found herself locked up in the San Diego Correctional Facility. Ironically, although Delia’s worst nightmare came to fruition, she now had the new material she desperately needed and Honeysuckle to Handcuffs was born.


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When Boston-based Irishwoman Delia O’Callaghan meets Frank, she can’t believe her luck…


He’s everything any girl could wish for; rich, charming, handsome and fun. Whisked up into a world of ritzy restaurants and jet set living, it looks like all of Delia’s dreams are set to come true – that is, until US customs catch wind of Delia’s lack of a Green Card when she tries to return to the States after a trip home to Ireland for her sister’s wedding. Frank returns to Boston without Delia, leaving her stranded in Ireland with a big red ‘DENIED ENTRY’ stamp in her passport.


Determined to get back to the love of her life, Delia devises a hair-brained scheme: if she can’t get into America a legitimate way, then she’ll do what hundreds of thousands of people do each year: she’ll sneak-in through the Mexican border. What’s the worst that could happen… right? She asks herself, half-heartedly. But when the plan goes wrong. So wrong, in fact that Delia finds herself locked up in the San Diego Correctional Facility with a foul-mouthed, religious, drug-trafficking, yet protective, lesbian cellmate, Teresa. Not to mention Officer Lopez: the six-foot-two prison guard, identifiable as a woman only through her lack of an Adam’s apple. How is Delia going to cope? And will there be a happy ever after?

Honeysuckle to Handcuffs is the hilarious, fish-out-of water true story of one woman’s journey who discovers that over the course of nearly a month in jail and a series of disastrous but comical events that there might be more to life than Rolexes, fancy cocktails and fine dining.


The book is to be launched on the 8th of October by Brent Pope in the Bodega, Cork at 7pm.


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PJ Taylor – Mam Doesn’t Live Here Anymore


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‘Everyone has a book in them’ is a term used so often that it has become a cliché. P.J,. Taylor, born and bred in Limerick can say that he has not just one book, but three and possibly more.

Taylor had barely read a book, never mind written one until he read the works of the late and great, Frank McCourt. Inspired by his fellow Limerick man, he started writing down stories of his youth that he could remember in remarkable detail. Once he started, he couldn’t stop and now, here we are with his third book called Mam Doesn’t Live Here Anymore.

He sells his books not in the bookshops, but on a stall in the streets of Limerick. When asked why he does this, he replies that he wants to meet the people that will buy and read his book. He enjoys the chats with them and considers it to be the best part about writing his books.

It’s the 31st of May 1969; P.J. has just left St. John’s hospital in Limerick with a terrible image of his mother branded into his brain.

He’s getting married in four months time and all his plans for the big day are going pear shaped.

Struggling to come to terms with his mother’s death, P.J. finds work wherever he can. He stumbles from one disappointment to another before he finally gets Mary to the alter, only to find there’s more waiting for him on the other side of it.

You’ll be moved to shed a tear or two and more than likely have a good blooming laugh. Mam Doesn’t Live Here Anymore is probably P.J. Taylor’s best book yet.

The book was launched on September 9th at Michael Flannery’s pub, Denmark Street.

P.J. was delighted with the quality of the book that he received from selfpublishbooks.ie. He arrived at our factory to pick up the books and was surprised at how light the books were, especially considering the quality of the paper used.

Not only did he use the services provided by selfpublishbooks.ie for this book, but he was so impressed with our facilities that he asked us could we reprint a previous book he has written. This book is called Between the Three Bridges and was printed by another company. P.J. was happy with the book, but saw the benefits of our printing and binding services. Once we had the file from the other company, we printed that book too.

What next for PJ? Well he is hard at work at his next book and assures us he will be back to us when it is ready to be printed.  He has more stories of his life to tell us and we look forward to seeing him again.

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