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  • Published: 3 October 2019
  • ISBN: 9781529112627
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $22.99

Ghost Light




A powerful and deeply moving masterpiece about love, partings and reconciliation. Reissued in a new series look to coincide with the publication of his new novel, Shadowplay

A powerful and deeply moving masterpiece about love, partings and reconciliation from the international bestselling author of Star of the Sea
'A virtuoso display of literary talent...brimming with sympathy and skill' Irish Times
Dublin, 1907. A young actress begins an affair with a damaged older man, the leading playwright at the theatre where she works.

Outspoken and flirtatious, Molly Allgood is a Catholic girl from the slums of Dublin, dreaming of stardom in America. Her lover, John Synge, is a troubled genius, whose life is hampered by convention and by the austere and God-fearing mother with whom he lives. Their affair, sternly opposed by friends and family, is quarrelsome, affectionate and tender.

Many years later, Molly, now a poverty-stricken old woman, makes her way through London's bomb-scarred city streets, alone but for a snowdrift of memories. Her once dazzling career has faded but her unquenchable passion for life has kept her afloat.
'Masterful in its management of re-imagined lives and the time they inhabit' Financial Times

  • Pub date: 3 October 2019
  • ISBN: 9781529112627
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $22.99

About the Author

Joseph O'Connor

Joseph O’Connor was born in Dublin. His books include eight previous novels: Cowboys and Indians (Whitbread Prize shortlist), Desperadoes, The Salesman, Inishowen, Star of the Sea (American Library Association Award, Irish Post Award for Fiction, France’s Prix Millepages, Italy’s Premio Acerbi, Prix Madeleine Zepter for European novel of the year), Redemption Falls, Ghost Light (Dublin One City One Book Novel 2011) and The Thrill of it All. His fiction has been translated into forty languages. He received the 2012 Irish PEN Award for outstanding achievement in literature and in 2014 he was appointed Frank McCourt Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Limerick.

www.josephoconnorauthor.com

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