Fiction & Drama
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Congratulations to Gráinne Murphy, whose third novel Winter People will be published in October 2022 by Legend Press. Commissioning editor Cari Rosen acquired UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, from Hannah Weatherill at Northbank Talent Management.
Winter People follows three different characters, each isolated and trying to cope with change, whose lives intertwine by the sea on the rural West Coast of Ireland. Set over three days in which the characters are on the verge of losing everything, Winter People is a story of forgiveness, resilience and the power of the sea to unlock what we are most afraid to say.
Gráinne’s previous novels, Where the Edge Is and The Ghostlights, also published by Legend Press, have received excellent reviews. Her work has previously been shortlisted for the Caledonia Novel Award 2019, the Irish Writers’ Centre Novel Fair 2019 and the Virginia Prize for Fiction 2014. Her short story “Further West” was longlisted for the Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award 2021.
Praise for Gráinne’s previous work:
‘Gloriously rich… An exquisite addition to the canon of fine Irish literature about life and death in the aul’ sod’ Sunday Independent
‘Gráinne Murphy laces a tale of life’s disappointments with a delightfully wry humour, and conjures the inhabitants of Coolaroone with incisive stokes, deft turns of phrase and great warmth’ The Times
‘Quirky, thoughtful and exquisitely narrated, The Ghostlights is a beautifully observed story of family dynamics and the ripple effects caused by tragedy’ WI Magazine
‘A subtle, penetrating delight of a novel’ Joanna Glen, author
‘A suspenseful, beautifully crafted debut’ Irish Examiner
‘Truly brilliant’ Emily Mazzara, Books Ireland