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W&N Fiction HB December £12.99 272pp 978 0 297 87044 9 ebook: £12.99 978 0 297 87046 3

‘Clever, unpredictable, beautifully written and crafted – Ghost Moth stayed with me for a long time after I’d finished reading the final, sad, wonderful page’ – Roddy Doyle author snapshot

MICHÈLE FORBES Ghost Moth Ghost Moth will transport you to two hot summers, twenty years apart. Northern Ireland, 1949. Katherine must choose between George Bedford – solid, reliable, devoted George – and Tom McKinley, who makes her feel alive. The reverberations of that summer – of the passions that were spilled, the lies that were told and the bargains that were made – still clamour to be heard in 1969. Northern Ireland has become a tinderbox but tragedy also lurks closer to home. As Katherine and George struggle to save their marriage and silence the ghosts of the past, their family and city stand on the brink of collapse. Surprising, mesmerising and astonishingly written, Ghost Moth will show you the extraordinary in the ordinary. ‘Ghost Moth is an impressive debut by a writer who is not afraid to address the so-called ordinary lives of real human beings. We shall be hearing a great deal more from Michèle Forbes’ John Banville ‘Deeply – sometimes erotically – charged. The writing soaks up the world, and thrills to the beauty of it. Children, bees, milk, the sea, all are wonderfully rendered and alive on the page’ Anne Enright Born in Belfast, Michèle Forbes is an award-winning actress who has toured worldwide with productions such as Dancing at Lughnasa. She studied literature at Trinity College, Dublin and has worked as a literary reviewer for the Irish Times. Her short stories have received both the Bryan MacMahon and the Michael McLaverty Awards. Ghost Moth is her first novel.

Location: Dalkey, Ireland Available for Interview


W&N Fiction • December 2013