A Moth At The Glass

A Moth At The Glass

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In Springmount, County Wexford, Will hides away to watch Kate Kelly through her cottage window - a moth at the glass. As the strains of the St Anne's Reel fill the air, Kate and her brother Philly begin to dance on the newly laid floor of their living room, while old Mrs Kelly looks on from beside the fire. Desperate to understand how the terrible tragedy in his past can haunt his present, Will thinks back to the 1920s: a halcyon time. Romantic expectation dominates this period of change and tension when traditional order gives way to the new political awareness, and the ties of family and friends no longer hold so much sway. Mountain lads roam country lanes, loaded pistols in their pockets, and innocence and romance are corrupted by a physical passion that runs all too deep.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 127 x 193 x 20.3mm | 158.76g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Black Swan.
  • 0552999865
  • 9780552999861
  • 2,079,752

Flap copy

Listening to the music and observing the family through the window, Will is drawn back to the 1920s; a halcyon time in which romantic expectation seemed to beckon; and a period when the traditional order was giving way to a new political awareness in which the ties of family no longer held so much sway.show more

Review quote

"Doyle's lyrical writing is rich in old fashioned speech patterns, detailed evocative descriptions and fierce action sequences. It all makes for fresh, original writing" Irish Times "His talent for prose [is] at once poetic and excitingly rough. Doyle's language vibrates with unexpected music - just like the slice of ancient stone in the story, beneath which resonates a horse's skull" Guardian "A wonderful piece of storytelling. Here are the raw emotions of love, jealousy and a lust for revenge set against a backcloth of the turbulent 1920s in County Wexford" Yorkshire Postshow more

About Mogue Doyle

Mogue Doyle has been in the building trade most of his life. He and his family live in County Wexford, Ireland.show more

Review Text

"A wonderful piece of storytelling. Here are the raw emotions of love, jealousy and a lust for revenge set against a backcloth of the turbulent 1920s in County Wexford"show more

Back cover copy

In Springmount, County Wexford, Will hides away to watch Kate Kelly through her cottage window - a moth at the glass.  As the strains of the St Anne's Reel fill the air, Kate and her brother Philly begin to dance on the newly laid floor of their living room, while old Mrs Kelly looks on from beside the fire. Desperate to understand how the terrible tragedy in his past can haunt his present, Will thinks back to the 1920s: a halcyon time. Romantic expectation dominates this period of change and tension when traditional order gives way to the new political awareness, and the ties of family and friends no longer hold so much sway. Mountain lads roam country lanes, loaded pistols in their pockets, and innocence and romance are corrupted by a physical passion that runs all too deep.show more

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2 29% (2)
1 14% (1)
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