Irish Publishing & Transworld

Eoin Purcell

I mentioned before
About the challenges of independent publishing in Ireland. Well the news has just broken about Transworld entering the Irish market:

Transworld has revealed plans to set up a new subsidiary company in Ireland, headed by Eason’s head buyer Eoin McHugh. Transworld Ireland will launch with its first list in 2008, focusing on Irish writers or books about Irish issues. McHugh, who joins the company as publisher in September, will report to senior publishing director Francesca Liversidge.

Good for them. Eoin McHugh is pretty well known in the trade (Easons controls a lots the booksales so he would be) and respected too. Looks like a good move on their part to hire him. It will be interesting to see their first list in 2008.


Just for the laugh: here is the Hoff @ an Easons signing.

4 thoughts on “Irish Publishing & Transworld

  1. An excellent move by Transworld, as Eoin has been at the coal face of buying for many years. A consumate profesional! ( I used to work with him many moons ago in Fred Hannas in Dublin (as it was then.) It will be interesting to see the reactions ( if any) of Hodder and Penguin to the Random House move into Ireland. I understand Transworld’s their initial emphasis will be on non fiction titles, which undoutably will impact on many existing ‘Irish’ publishers as well, notably Gill & Mac and dare i say it, on your own parish, Mercier. However, there is no doubt in my mind that it’s the titles that matter – witness the success of Gill and Mac’s ‘The Pope’s Children’ as a home grown title. It may also mean that titles that some irish publishers may not have had the confidence in to publish in large amounts , may now get a better print run. ( I remember in particular a few photo/gift books last christmas that went out of print far too quickly, and had the initial print run been larger, sales would have been as well.
    As that wise Chinese man said, we live in ‘interesting times!’

  2. As Chief Scribe of the Irish Druid Order, and as Author of The Golden Flame (DeCourbertain/Olympics historical novel), I am disappointed in Irish publshers that they publish few if any new works on our ancient Druids of Ireland – modern Druids too !

    Especially as they would sell really well – The Order of Druids in Ireland (ODI) has 5000 followers alone, all potential immediate customers.

    I think that the problem with Irish publishers is that they are too conservative, and rely on readers from Catholic university backgrounds.

    There needs to be a sea change – if that happened, Irish publishers would take the world by storm !

    There needs to be more government input too in what could become a huge Irish export market. With more jobs, better pay – and more new irish writers published.

    After all, we still have the best writers in the world


    NCAD Graduate.

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