Book Launch: Proxopera by Benedict Kiely

Book Launch: Proxopera by Benedict Kiely

FREE

Thursday 7 May

7pm

When violent men intrude on his home by the lake, Garda Binchey is forced to drive to Omagh to deliver a bomb, while his family are held hostage. As Binchey travels through the countryside, he reflects on the past, his family and everything he values, all that is now threatened.

Praise for Proxopera:
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'Better conveys the agony of Northern Ireland than all the news items.'
John Updike, The New Yorker
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'This great anti-war fable should have been read and should still be read as a terrible warning. A flawless piece of writing.'
The Independent
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'Beautifully written... Kiely's expression of Ulster's waste and the language he uses to express it are very fine.'
John Updike, The New Yorker
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Benedict Kiely was one of the most popular and acclaimed Irish writers of his generation, as well as a prolific journalist, essayist and broadcaster. Born in 1919, Kiely grew up in Omagh before moving to Dublin in the 1940's. He worked for the 'Irish Independent' and the 'Irish Press', before teaching at many US universities. He was elected Saoi of Aosdana in 1996, and died in 2007. His work continues to be celebrated at the Benedict Kiely Literary Weekend, and is frequently cited as an influence by major writers including Colum McCann
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Turnpike Books (London) aim to publish a comprehensive series of Northern Ireland's twentieth-century writing and have previously published works by Janet McNeill and Belfast's St. John Ervine.