Wednesday 18 October 2017

O'Connor's novel picked for festival

A CITY-wide book club has turned its eyes to another native son for its next big read, writes John Spain.

Joseph O'Connor's acclaimed novel 'Ghost Light' is the Dublin: One City One Book choice for 2011.

The annual festival, which takes place in April, encourages everyone in Dublin to read the same book at the same time.

O'Connor's latest novel is loosely based on the love affair between the playwright JM Synge and the Abbey Theatre actress Molly Allgood.

"I am deeply touched. Any Dublin writer would be thrilled to have a novel honoured in this way," he said.

Previous One City One Book novels have been Flann O'Briens's 'At Swim Two Birds', Sebastian Barry's 'A Long, Long Way', Jonathan Swift's 'Gulliver's Travels', Bram Stoker's 'Dracula', and Oscar Wilde's 'The Picture of Dorian Gray'.

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