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THE GHOSTLIGHTS by Gráinne Murphy

Can anyone really choose to be forgotten?


An elderly gentleman checks into a B&B in a small village in rural Ireland where he knows nobody. Four days later, his body is found in the lake.


The identity of their unknown guest raises questions for one family in particular, twin sisters Liv and Marianne, and their mother, Ethel, each of whom is searching for her own place in the world.


The Ghostlights brilliantly evokes the lives of the people in the town and explores the aftershocks of a stranger’s tragedy. What is identity? And strangerhood? What is the meaning of home, and what power do we have over whether or not we are remembered?

'Quirky, thoughtful and exquisitely narrated, The Ghostlights is a beautifully observed story of family dynamics and the ripple effects caused by tragedy' WI Magazine

‘A subtle, penetrating delight of a novel' Joanna Glen, Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award

‘Funny and moving’ Elske Rahill, author of An Unravelling

‘Murphy skilfully weaves a very Irish dark humour through this unflinching look at the choices we make and their impact on those around us.’ Damhnait Monaghan

‘A careful balance of wry humour, exposition of character, and unnerving mystery' Frances Macken

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ISBN (Paperback): 9781800319417

ISBN (Ebook): 9781800319424
1st September 2021

Price: £8.99 (Paperback) £4.99 (Ebook)
Extent: 308 pages
Format: 198x129mm
Rights Held: World


Gráinne Murphy grew up in rural west Cork, Ireland. At university she studied Applied Psychology and forensic research, then worked for a number of years in Human Resources. In 2011 she moved with her family to Brussels, where she lived for 5 years. She has now returned to West Cork, working as a self-employed language editor specialising in human rights and environmental issues.  Gráinne has received a number of award shortlistings and longlistings for her writing including the Irish Writers’ Centre Novel Fair Award 2019, Blue Pencil Agency First Novel Award 2019, Caledonia Novel Award 2019, Virginia Prize for Fiction 2013 and the Bath Novel Award 2015.


Follow Gráinne on:


Twitter @GraMurphy
Instagram @gramurphywriter

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