Joseph O’Connor in conversation | Irish Times Book Club
September 2, 2015
Date: Wednesday 2 September
Tickets via Eventbrite: €5 / €3 | Tickets on the door: €7
(glass of wine included & expect live music on the night)
The Irish Times Book Club in association with the Irish Writers Centre present:
The Thrill of it All – Joseph O’Connor in conversation with Martin Doyle and Anna Carey
Join us in Parnell Square for an evening of lively conversation as we welcome The Irish Times literary aficionados who will chat to Joseph O’Connor about his latest novel The Thrill of it All.
Note: This podcast will be recorded in front of a live audience so be sure to arrive on time.
About the Book:
At college in 1980s Luton, Robbie Goulding, an Irish-born teenager, meets elusive Fran Mulvey, an orphaned Vietnamese refugee. Together they form a band. Joined by cellist Sarah-Thérèse Sherlock and her twin brother Seán on drums, The Ships in the Night set out to chase fame. But the story of this makeshift family is haunted by ghosts from the past.
Spanning 25 years, The Thrill of it All rewinds and fast-forwards through an evocative soundtrack of struggle and laughter. Infused with blues, ska, classic showtunes, New Wave and punk, using interviews, lyrics, memoirs and diaries, the tale stretches from suburban England to Manhattan’s East Village, from Thatcher-era London to the Hollywood Bowl, from the meadows of the Glastonbury festival to a wintry Long Island, culminating in a Dublin evening in July 2012, a night that changes everything. A story of loyalties, friendship, the call of the muse, and the beguiling shimmer of teenage dreams, it is a warm-hearted, funny and moving novel for anyone that’s ever loved a song.
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