Irish Book of the Year 2020 (Photo by Clare Keogh)

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  
James Tait Black Award Shortlist
Rathbones Folio Prize shortlist 
Republic of Consciousness Prize shortlist
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)  

"Ní Ghríofa is a poet through and through: in this prose work she writes lyrical sentences that make the physical world come alive... Metaphors and metonyms are her metier; omens and dreams are mirrors of deep mind." - The New York Review of Books

“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   ​

"A fascinating hybrid work... Lyrical prose passages and moving introspection abound in this unique and beautiful book." - Kirkus starred review

​​“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

“one of best books I’ve read in ages...unique and deeply moving.” - Nicola Sturgeon

“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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