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Ghost Light by Joseph O'Connor
  

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Joseph O’Connor, best known for his award winning (and Richard and Judy selected) Star of the Sea, has written, in Ghost Light an exhilarating, passionate and uplifting tale of love and loss. Based loosely on real events and set in an Edwardian Dublin and a teeming and seedy Manhattan in the 1920’s, we follow the love affair of the genius Irish playwright J M Synge and rising starlet Molly Allgood, just 19 to his 31.

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Synopsis

Ghost Light by Joseph O'Connor

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.


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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 Times *


About the Author

Joseph O'Connor

Joseph O'Connor was born in Dublin. His novels include: Cowboys and Indians (Whitbread Prize shortlist), Star of the Sea, Redemption Falls and Ghost Light. Star of the Sea became an international bestseller, winning the Irish Post Award for Fiction, an American Library Association Award, France's Prix Millepages, Italy's Premio Acerbi, and the Prix Madeleine Zepter for European Novel of the Year. His work has been published in thirty-five languages.

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Publication date

3rd March 2011

Author

Joseph O'Connor

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Publisher

Vintage an imprint of Vintage Publishing

Format

Paperback
256 pages

Categories

Historical Fiction
Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780099481546

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