The Irish Times Book Club in association with the Irish Writers Centre present:
Nothing on Earth – Conor O'Callaghan in conversation with Eileen Battersby and the Irish Times Book Club
"Conor O’Callaghan immediately stamps his authority on this extraordinary, low-key and pitch perfect novel and maintains effortless control in what is one of the most impressive pieces of Irish fiction writing since Neil Jordan’s The Dream of a Beast in 1983."
About the book
It was a time when nobody called. Early evening, the hottest August in living memory.
A frightened girl bangs on a door. A man answers. From the moment he invites her in, his world will never be the same again.
She tells him about her family, and their strange life in the show home of an abandoned housing estate. The long, blistering days spent sunbathing; the airless nights filled with inexplicable noises; the words that appear on the windows, written in dust.
Where is her family now? Is she telling the truth? Can the man be trusted? Beautiful and disturbing, her story – retold in his words – reaches towards those frayed edges of reality where each of us, if only once, glimpses something nobody will ever explain.
About the author
Conor O’Callaghan is from Newry, Co Down, and now lives in Manchester. He has published four acclaimed poetry collections: The History of Rain (1993); Seatown (1999); Fiction (2005); and The Sun King (2013). He also wrote the non-fiction book Red Mist: Roy Keane and the Football Civil War (2004). He lectures at Sheffield Hallam University and at Wake Forest University in North Carolina. Nothing on Earth is his first novel.
- This event will be recorded in front of a live audience for the Irish Times Book Club podcast so please arrive promptly.
- Whether you've read the book or not, come along on the 26rd and join in the conversation. The book will also be available for purchase at the event.
- Wine can be bought at the event
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