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City of Books


Mar 11, 2021

Oscar-winning filmmaker Neil Jordan runs parallel careers as a director and novelist, and his latest book is his most cinematic yet.

It’s an historical novel, The Ballad of Lord Edward and Citizen Small, about the true-life friendship between aristocrat turned revolutionary Lord Edward Fitzgerald and the runaway American slave who saved his life.

“I don’t know how I would have lived if I didn’t make movies and I also don’t know how I would have lived if I didn’t write books,” says Neil. Films feel like short stories to him, and he never stops writing – short stories, novels and film scripts.

He says: “When I started directing movies I felt I was in a world of Neanderthals. I felt I had suddenly strayed into this world of these blundering dinosaurs.

“And I thought, what am I doing here, this strange little Irish guy? And they used to treat me that way as well, they’d almost treat you with amused contempt. It was kind of weird.”

The Ballad of Lord Edward and Citizen Small by Neil Jordan is published by Lilliput Press. More here:

https://www.lilliputpress.ie/product/the-ballad-of-lord-edward-and-citizen-small

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