Joseph O'Connor's acclaimed novel GHOST LIGHT has been shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction.
The winner of the Walter Scott Prize, sponsored by the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch, will receive £25,000 and the awards ceremony will take place on June 18 as part of the Borders Book Festival at Melrose. GHOST LIGHT is shortlisted alongside Andrea Levy's THE LONG SONG and C by Tom McCarthy. Click here for more information on the award. GHOST LIGHT has also enjoyed tremendous success at no 1 in the Irish paperback charts.
GHOST LIGHT is published by Harvill Secker and Vintage 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 Joseph O'Connor:
'As I read GHOST LIGHT, I found myself going more and more slowly, because I didn't want to miss a single sentence. I found myself calling friends and reading passages aloud to them over the phone. This is a rare experience indeed. It is a rare and wonderful book.' -- Michael Cunningham, author of THE HOURS
'Joseph O'Connor's GHOST LIGHT is absolutely brilliant - a beautifully written love story.' -- Roddy Doyle, The Guardian, Books of the Year 2010
Remarkable, radiant and captivating novel…On top of the biographical information concerning these two, Synge and his Molly, Joseph O'Connor has imposed a fictional overlay, and makes a vivid performance of it … O'Connor's novel carries all the pungency and resonance of a particular era of the past.'-- The Independent