A Ghost in the Throat

"When we first met, I was a child, and she had been dead for centuries."

A National Bestseller
Winner: Book of the Year, Irish Book Awards 
Winner: Foyles Non-Fiction Book of the Year 
A Book of the Year in The Guardian, The Observer, The New Statesman, The Irish Times, and The White Review 

“​​genre-defying​... ​captivatingly original“​​ - The Guardian (Best Books of the Year)

“Lush, lyrical prose that dazzles readers from the get-go… sumptuous, almost symphonic, in its intensity… As readers, we should be grateful for her boldness. Without it, we would not have had one of the best books of this dreadful year.” – The Sunday Times  

​​“Past versus present, blood versus milk, birth versus death, the Irish language versus the English: dichotomies abound, but the questions of women’s lived experiences and who history remembers link them all.” - The Paris Review

"Gorgeous... This book saved me this year." - Lauren Elkin, The White Review

“This exquisitely crafted memoir is written in blood and milk, and its publication marks an important event in the maturing of Irish literature… I grieved when I closed this book, and found the only remedy was to turn back to the first page, and begin this masterpiece over again.” – The Sunday Business Post

“A book like this comes along once every few years and obliterates every clear definition of genre and form. I mean no exaggeration here: A Ghost in the Throat is astounding and utterly fresh… This is no tepid and stuffy reimagining of an 18th-century life. It is borne of great personal scholarship, without ever seeming polemical. This book has a long life ahead of it, burning bright and inspiring many.” – The Irish Independent  

“there is something that sets A Ghost in the Throat apart, an otherworldliness or older-worldliness… strange and beautiful.” – The Irish Times

“a landmark in Irish writing... exhilarating... a sprawling interrogation of self and of womanhood that is unlike anything else.” - The Stinging Fly 

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An Irish Times Book of the Year
An Irish Independent Book of 2018

"I arrive and fling my schoolbag
aside, full of homework I haven’t started
yet – page after empty page to be filled
with irregular verbs
of the future tense."

"Like [Eavan] Boland, Ní Ghríofa constructs a mysterious world for her readers from the matter of ordinary life. The poems of this collection impress upon us that magic and depth can be found in the minutiae of the everyday.” - Poetry Ireland Review

“She is a brilliant addition to the distinguished succession of bilingual poets writing in Irish and English." - Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Ireland Professor of Poetry 

Ní Ghríofa enables the reader to recognize the attraction of the syntax and sonorities of the Irish language. She makes the language sing" - Clíona Ní Ríordáin, Université de la Sorbonne, Paris.
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Rooney Prize for Irish Literature
Hartnett Poetry Award
Irish Times Poetry Award shortlist

"In my arms, you stir.  A thousand streetlamps
flicker to light in the dusk. As I watch your eyes open,
the reek of roasting hops knits a blanket of scent around us."

"...long-considered obsessions are explored with tenderness and unflinching curiosity. [These] ​poems excel in their consideration of motherhood​." - Poetry Magazine (Chicago)

"There is a fearlessness in Ní Ghríofa’s work: in the subjects she turns her keen gaze on, but also in the very music she lets play in the lines. A deep intelligence informs the strategies and approaches in the poems, and a generosity of spirit and openheartedness are signal qualities." - Paula Meehan, Ireland Professor of Poetry

“Clasp is remarkable for its detailed observational capacities of a concrete yet fraught quotidian life." - Partisan Magazine, Canada    

'... consult Doireann Ní Ghríofa’s Clasp (Dedalus Press)... to see just how exciting a refashioning of Irish history can be in contemporary poetry.​" - Cordite Poetry Review, Australia
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