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Ghost Light

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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.show more

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 128 x 198 x 18mm | 181.44g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • VINTAGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099481545
  • 9780099481546
  • 38,183

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"A subtle wonder... Unmissible" Daily Mail "A spellbinding read" The Times "A superbly written, magically evocative novel" Scotsman "A virtuoso display of literary talent...brimming with sympathy and skill" -- Adrian Frazier Irish Times "Masterful in its management of re-imagined lives and the time they inhabit" -- Hugo Hamilton Financial Timesshow more

About Joseph O'Connor

Joseph O'Connor was born in Dublin. His novels include Cowboys and Indians (Whitbread Prize shortlist), Star of the Sea (Irish Post Award for Fiction, France's Prix Millepages, Prix Madeleine Zepter for European Novel of the Year), Redemption Falls, and Ghost Light (Dublin One City One Book Novel, 2011). In 2012 he won the Irish PEN Award for Outstanding Achievement in Literature. His work has been published in thirty-five languages. www.josephoconnorauthor.comshow more

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"Masterful in its management of re-imagined lives and the time they inhabit"show more

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(PLEASE SEND ME A FULL JPEG, INCLUDING INSIDE PRINTING, BEFORE CIRCULATING AS JOE WILL PROBABLY WANT TO MAKE CHANGES) 'A superbly written, magically evocative novel' Scotsman 'Masterful in its management of re-imagined lives and the time they inhabit' Financial Times 'A virtuoso display of literary talent...brimming with sympathy and skill' Irish Times 'Ghost Light displays an astonishing command of voice, using tones that are both tender and powerfully emotional, with brilliant command of the period' Colm Tóibín, Daily Telegraph, Books of the Year 'Beautifully written and charming' Independent on Sunday 'Remarkable...[Molly is] a character as feisty, earthy and sexually magnetic as her namesake Molly Bloom' Metro 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.show more
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