Fiction & Drama
Lisa Rookes on the inspiration behind The Gallows Tree
The debut novel by Northbank author Gráinne Murphy is published today by Legend Press.
As a sleepy town in rural Ireland starts to wake, a road subsides, trapping an early-morning bus and five passengers inside. Rescue teams struggle and as two are eventually saved, the bus falls deeper into the hole.
Under the watchful eyes of the media, the lives of three people are teetering on the edge. And for those on the outside, from Nina, the reporter covering the story, to rescue liaison, Tim, and Richie, the driver pulled from the wreckage, each are made to look at themselves under the glare of the spotlight.
When their world crumbles beneath their feet, they are forced to choose between what they cling to and what they must let go of.
‘A dauntingly impressive first novel- a nuanced examination of raw private grief and public distress… Grainne Murphy is an observant and subtle writer whose prose is informed throughout with a hard-won authority.’ Paul Bailey, author of At the Jerusalem
‘Poignant, thought-provoking and accomplished, Where the Edge Is reminded me that we are all human and we are all heroes. I loved it.’ Carol Mason, bestselling author of After You Left
‘A beautiful exploration into trauma and the changes it can bring… A truly brilliant debut.’Emily Mazzara, Books Ireland