Ghost Light

Ghost Light

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 03/10/2019
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Synopsis

'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

  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781529112627
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Weight: 191g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 17 mm

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Ghost Light
I gave up...
I usually like Joseph O’Connor’s books - I’ve read every other one. But I just couldn’t get into this one. Found the plot really, really slow and the cons... READ MORE
Mark Hughes