John was born in Kilkenny in 1953 and grew up in Counties Tipperary, Limerick, Kerry, Wicklow and Dublin. After a degree in English Literature at Trinity College, Dublin, he worked as a bookseller in London, in due course becoming a director of John Sandoe (Books) Ltd, an independent bookshop just off the King’s Road in Chelsea.
In London, he wrote and edited several books (see below), lectured and broadcast on a variety of subjects and contributed sporadic articles, poems and reviews to various organs (Sunday Times, Hibernia, Journal of Beachcomber Associates, Spectator etc.). He was also one of the founders of a small publishing company, Chelsea Press, whose bestsellers were a complete facsimile edition of the Freeman’s Journal for 16 June 1904 (Bloomsday) and a fine memoir, The Hidden Damage: A Personal Pilgrimage with W H Auden to Post-War Germany, 1945 by the Irish writer James Stern.
With his wife Ruth and two of his sons, he returned to Ireland in 2003 and they settled near Gorey, Co Wexford. In 2011 he founded Zozimus Bookshop.
Oscar Wilde in St Louis: Two days in the Life of the First International Celebrity by John Wyse Jackson. Paperback 10 Euro. (An unusual biographical view of the writer, exploring 46 whirlwind hours in February 1882 when Oscar brought ‘culture’ to the half-Irish city that was the Gateway to the American West. Illustrated.)
Myles Before Myles: A Selection of the Earlier Writings of Brian O’Nolan by Flann O’Brien. Edited and introduced by John Wyse Jackson. Paperback 12 Euro.
Ireland’s Other Poetry: Anonymous to Zozimus Edited by John Wyse Jackson and Hector McDonnell. Illustrated. Hardcover 25 Euro.
Dublin’s Other Poetry Edited by John Wyse Jackson and Hector McDonnell. Illustrated. Paperback 12 Euro.
Ulster’s Other Poetry Edited by John Wyse Jackson and Hector McDonnell. Illustrated. Paperback 12 Euro.
We All Want to Change the World: The Life of John Lennon by John Wyse Jackson. Hardcover 20 Euro; paperback 12 Euro. Temporarily out of stock.
Dublin: A Collection of the Poetry of Place Edited and discussed by John Wyse Jackson. Paperback 8 Euro.
John Stanislaus Joyce: The Voluminous Life and Genius of James Joyce’s Father by John Wyse Jackson and Peter Costello. Out of print. Limited stocks occasionally available.
Flann O’Brien at War: Myles na gCopaleen 1940-1945 Edited by John Wyse Jackson. Out of print. Limited stocks occasionally available.
Phenolphthalein: A Fictional Quest for the Eighth Plot by John Wyse Jackson. (An enquiry into the sources of Flann O’Brien’s fictions.) Out of print. Limited stocks occasionally available.
James Joyce’s Dubliners: An Annotated Edition by John Wyse Jackson and Bernard McGinley. (A comprehensive exploration of the book, with notes linked to the text and hundreds of illustrations.) Out of print. Limited stocks occasionally available.
Aristotle at Afternoon Tea: The Rare Oscar Wilde Edited by John Wyse Jackson. Out of print. Limited stocks occasionally available.
Tara Hill: St Kevin’s Centenary Celebrations 1987 Edited by Walter Forde. A Zozimus Bookshop Limited Edition. Paperback 15 Euro. (A facsimile reprint of the very elusive historical celebration of the unique community on the north-east border of Gorey. 96 A4 pages; illustrated.)