GHOST LIGHT by Joseph O'Connor will be Dublin's 'One City, One Book' in April this year. The project, designed to encourage everyone in the city to read the same book during the month of April each year, promotes reading in a city which boasts one of the world's greatest literary heritages including four Nobel Laureates. The project was a major element of Dublin's success in being named a UNESCO City of Literature. Please click here for the full programme.
2011 will be the sixth year of Dublin's 'One City, One Book' project, and as part of this year's celebration, the City Council and Library services will arrange numerous activities ranging from readings by the author to performances of Synge's plays in the Abbey. One lucky Dubliner will win the opportunity to meet Joseph O'Connor and have him read to their book club, co-workers, neighbours, friends or family in a location of their choice.
GHOST LIGHT is published by Harvill Secker in the UK and Farrar, Straus and Giroux in the US. It has also been sold to Record (Brazil), VL Publishers (Bulgaria), Fraktura (Croatia), Phebus (France), Fischer (Germany), Ambo|Anthos (Holland), Guanda (Italy), Zvaigzne (Latvia), Dom Quixote (Portugal), Salamandra (Spain) and Norstedts (Sweden).
Praise for GHOST LIGHT:
'GHOST LIGHT is O'Connor's vivid and sometimes visionary reimagining of the love affair between Molly Allgood and the Irish dramatist John Millington Synge ... In GHOST LIGHT, O'Connor allows himself to ride the wave of Irish eloquence.' -- New York Times Book Reivew
'Joseph O'Connor's GHOST LIGHT is absolutely brilliant - a beautifully written love story.' -- Roddy Doyle, The Guardian, Books of the Year 2010
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 2010