GHOST LIGHT was 2011’s most borrowed book in Irish Libraries


GHOST LIGHT by Joseph O'Connor was the most borrowed book in Irish Libraries in 2011. In response to this wonderful achievement, Joseph O'Connor commented:

'I'm deeply honoured that GHOST LIGHT is the most borrowed book of 2011, and I offer a heartfelt thanks to my readers for making it so. All my life since childhood I have been a lover of our libraries. My novels have been researched in them, and I have many times been the beneficiary of the exceptional professionalism and helpfulness of our librarians. Now more than ever, I am proud to support the libraries and the wonderful work they do for their communities up and down the land.'

Joseph was recently awarded the Irish PEN Award for Outstanding Contribution to literature, and GHOST LIGHT was also Dublin's 'One City One Book' in 2011. The next work he will publish, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?, a collection of stories and a novella, will be published by Harvill Secker later this year.

Praise for GHOST LIGHT:

'Joseph O'Connor's GHOST LIGHT is absolutely brilliant - a beautifully written love story.' -- Roddy Doyle, The Guardian, Books of the Year 2010

'It has an astonishing command of voice and period detail, and offers an intimacy with the lives of others which is rare in fiction.' -- Colm Tóibín

'Thus her story comes alive in brilliant bursts of poetic language. She loves, hates, longs for vengeance, and despairs of redemption in luminous prose.' -- Barbara Fisher, The Boston Globe