Huge congratulations to Gráinne Murphy, whose second novel The Ghostlights is published by Legend Press today.
The Ghostlights is a poignant novel about family, obligation, identity and small-town life, and asks whether anyone can choose to be forgotten.
When a stranger checks into a family B&B – in a small village in rural Ireland – no one takes too much notice… at least until his body is found in the lake four days later.
The identity of the unknown guest raises questions for polar opposite twin sisters Liv and Marianne and their mother Ethel, all of whom feel trapped by the choices they made earlier in life. They each find themselves forced to confront their past, their present and what they really want from their future.
‘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, author of New Girl in Little Cove
‘A careful balance of wry humour, exposition of character, and unnerving mystery’ Frances Macken, Winner of the Beryl Bainbridge First Time Author Award
Gráinne’s short story Further West was recently longlisted for the 2021 Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award, and her first novel Where the Edge Is was published in 2020.