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Bealtaine Book Club: Catherine Dunne Interview

29 May @ 6.30pm

As lockdown continues I hope the advent of Bealtaine finds you well, not going too stir-crazy and still in the mood for books.

This month I’m delighted to be curating this year’s Bealtaine Book Club, which like many 2020 things, will be @ Home. See the Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/bealtainebookclub

I’ve been asked to select two keystone books around the theme of Resilience and a list of other titles that will complement each. My choices will, I hope, speak to the times but also open much-needed doors into other worlds, times and places.

Neil Hegarty‘s compelling, ruthlessly bittersweet The Jewel is a story of three lives that crash against each other, courtesy of a mysterious Baroque painting which pulls the characters, and the reader, deep into its chiaroscuoro heart.

Catherine Dunne‘s masterly The Years That Followed is a profound and evocative retelling of the story of Clytemnestra, wife of the Greek general Agamemnon who besieged Troy, drawing us into a web of family betrayal across the faultlines of contemporary Europe.

Keeping The Jewel company will be novels of reflection, enclosure, betrayal and transcendence: John Boyne’s The Absolutist, Christine Dwyer Hickey’s The Cold Eye of Heaven, Julian Barne’s The Sense of An Ending, Shirley Jackson’s We Have Always Lived in the Castle and Kate Atkinson’s Behind the Scenes at the Museum.

The Years That Followed will be accompanied by novels of epic metaphysical sweep and distant shores, interrogating love in the face of conflict and constriction: Paul Lynch‘s Beyond The Sea, German author Mirko Bonne’s The Ice Cold Heaven, Kamila Shamsie’s A God in Every Stone and Pat Barker’s Silence of the Girls.

I’ll be interviewing both authors on Facebook Live – Neil at 6.30 on Friday 15th May and Catherine at 6.30 on Friday 29th May.

Come scale the 2km walls and listen to them chat with me about their process, inspiration and books. Details below…

Neil Hegarty interview: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/bealtaine-book-club-neil-hegarty-in-conversation-with-mia-gallagher-tickets-103814847002

Catherine Dunne interview: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/bealtaine-book-club-catherine-dunne-in-conversation-with-mia-gallagher-tickets-103813944302

Stay well, y’all.

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