The Deposition of Father McGreevy

The Deposition of Father McGreevy

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'B' format edition of bestselling Booker shortlisted novel. 'Enthralling, chilling and memorable' - Sunday Telegraph 'So original that the text is illuminating' - The Times 'This priestly deposition develops into a grand examination of blind faith. The shiver at the end chills right down to the soul' - TLS 'Magical to the core. Read it and be smitten by this masterpiece as I was' - Walter Abishshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 314 pages
  • 127 x 193 x 22.9mm | 204.12g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 1900850680
  • 9781900850681
  • 1,116,867

About Brian O'Doherty

Brian O'Doherty lives in New York where he is available for interview. His other novel The Strange Case of Mademoiselle P. is also published by Arcadia in June 2001show more

Review quote

"'Enthralling, chilling and memorable' - Shena Mackay, Daily Telegraph 'So original that the text is illuminating. This is an exciting approach to doing battle with the sorrowful Ireland of not so long ago' - Penny Perrick, The Times 'This priestly deposition develops into a grand examination of blind faith and human weakness. The shiver at the end chills right down to the soul' - TLS 'O'Doherty's eloquent prose conjures up snow and cold and isolation as clearly as it does small town spite and gossip... bone-chilling' - Atlantic Monthly"show more

Review Text

In the 1950s, William Maginn is drinking in a London pub when he hears of the strange demise of an isolated mountain village in County Kerry - the place where he was born. Returning to Kerry, Maginn realises that there is an astonishing story to be told: the sad destruction of a town which encapsulated Ireland's ancient traditions and mystery. All the women in the village have mysteriously died, with a priest, Father McCready, left to sort out the chaos. In the outer world, war rages as Maginn attempts to save what is left of the parish and deal with the distrust and superstition of the townsfolk. O'Doherty is a writer with a very individual gift, and this fascinating tale is couched in language that is both poetic and allusive. The central narrative is handled with all the authority and power one could wish for (with the editor hero Maginn sympathetically and richly drawn). But it is the elegant prose, ever involving the reader deeper and deeper in the strange, unreal situation that truly mesmerises. Whether read as a penetrating vision of a small village under threat from tension within, or as a magical and atmospheric piece of fine writing, O'Doherty's unusual book convinces on all levels. (Kirkus UK)show more

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188 ratings
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4 35% (66)
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2 7% (14)
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