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Derek Flynn’s Lockdown Lit Picks: Peter Murphy

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A lot of people around the country are finding they have a bit more time on their hands at the moment. And many are using that time to catch up on their reading. But what to read? Not to worry – Writing.ie has you covered!

Lockdown Lit Picks is a new feature where authors tell us what books they’re reading during this period of downtime. This week, it’s the turn of author and musician, Peter Murphy.

 

PETER: I’m reading Doireann ni Ghriofa’s Ghost in the Throat. I’m about to start Mark Fisher’s Ghost of My Life. Just finished (of course!) Mark O’ Connell’s Notes from an Apocalypse and loved it.

 

A Ghost in the Throat by Doireann Ní Ghríofa

A true original. In this stunningly unusual prose debut, Doireann Ní Ghríofa sculpts essay and autofiction to explore inner life and the deep connection felt between two writers centuries apart.

In the 1700s, an Irish noblewoman, on discovering her husband has been murdered, drinks handfuls of his blood and composes an extraordinary poem. Eibhlín Dubh Ní Chonaill’s Caoineadh Airt Uí Laoghaire, famously referred to by Peter Levi, Professor of Poetry at Oxford University, as ‘the greatest poem written in either Ireland or Britain during the eighteenth century.’

In the present day, a young mother narrowly avoids tragedy. On encountering the poem, she becomes obsessed with its parallels with her own life, and sets out to track down the rest of the story. A Ghost in the Throat is a devastating and timeless tale about one woman freeing her voice by reaching into the past and finding another’s.

Pre-order your copy online here.

 

Ghosts of My Life: Writings on Depression, Hauntology and Lost Futures by Mark Fisher

This collection of writings by Mark Fisher, author of the acclaimed Capitalist Realism, argues that we are haunted by futures that failed to happen. Fisher searches for the traces of these lost futures in the work of David Peace, John Le Carré, Christopher Nolan, Joy Division, Burial and many others.

Order your copy online here.

 

 

 

Notes from an Apocalypse by Mark O’ Connell

From the prize-winning author of To Be a Machine – meet the men and women preparing for the end of the world

In the remote mountains of Scotland, in high-tech bunkers in South Dakota and in the lush valleys of New Zealand, small groups of determined men and women are getting ready.

They are environmentalists who fear the ravages of climate change; billionaire entrepreneurs dreaming of life on Mars; and right-wing conspiracists yearning for a lost American idyll. One thing unites them: their certainty that we are only years away from the end of civilization as we know it.

Not unconcerned himself by the possibility of the end of days, Mark O’Connell set out to meet them.

Order your copy online here.

 

Peter Murphy is the author of two novels: John the Revelator and Shall We Gather at the River. He previously released two albums with the Revelator Orchestra, and in 2018, formed Cursed Murphy and the Resistance whose debut album will be released in May.

 

About Shall We Gather At The River by Peter Murphy:

Shall We Gather At The River tells the story of Enoch O’Reilly, the great flood that afflicts his small town, and the rash of mysterious suicides that accompany it. Charlatan, Presleyite and local radiovangelist, O’Reilly is a man haunted by the childhood ghosts of his father’s sinister radio set… a false prophet destined for a terrible consummation with that old, evil river.

A suicide mystery and a rich patchwork narrative of legend, myth, occult inheritance, eco-conspiracy, viral obsession, airwaves, water and death, Shall We Gather At The River is a spellbinding piece of work, marked by prose that is by turns haunting, poetic and blackly humourous. With shades of Flannery O’Connor’s Wise Blood, Jeffrey Eugenides’ The Virgin Suicides, of Twin Peaks and Wisconsin Death Trip, Shall We Gather At The River is a novel that will further cement Murphy’s reputation as one of the most original and exciting novelists to emerge in recent years.

Order your copy online here.

About the author

Derek Flynn runs Writing.ie’s SongBook blog, and is an Irish writer and musician. He has a Masters in Creative Writing from Trinity College, Dublin. He’s been published in a number of publications, including The Irish Times, and his fiction was featured in ‘Surge’, an anthology of new Irish writing published by O’ Brien Press with the aim of showcasing “the very best of the next generation of Irish authors”. Online he can be found at his writing/music blog – ‘Rant, with Occasional Music’ – and on Twitter as @derekf03

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