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Summary

Nominated for the Desmond Elliot Prize 

A true original. In this stunningly unusual prose debut, Doireann Ní Ghríofa sculpts essay and autofiction to explore inner life and the deep connection felt between two writers centuries apart.

In the 1700s, an Irish noblewoman, on discovering her husband has been murdered, drinks handfuls of his blood and composes an extraordinary poem. Eibhlín Dubh Ní Chonaill s Caoineadh Airt Uí Laoghaire, famously referred to by Peter Levi, professor of poetry at Oxford University, as 'the greatest poem written in either Ireland or Britain during the eighteenth century'.

In the present day, a young mother narrowly avoids tragedy. On encountering the poem, she becomes obsessed with its parallels with her own life, and sets out to track down the rest of the story. A Ghost in the Throat is a devastating and timeless tale about one woman freeing her voice by reaching into the past and finding another's.

©2020 Doireann Ní Ghríofa (P)2021 W F Howes

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Unusual.

Beautifully read.
A very poetic journey into private emotions that are so universal too .
I found the insights so deep and rich this book will stay with me.
The consideration of emotions in the ordinary revealed to me a practical mindfulness elevated to spiritual practice.

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unique & compelling

Enjoyed this unique book. The authors honesty, vulnerability and passion shines throughout. A fresh perspective on Caoineadh Airt Uí Laoghaire and homage to Eibhlín Dubh Ní Chinaill. A great " female text".

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Amazing writing

Amazing writing with superb narration by Siobhan McSweeney. Loved the inter mingling of life and history

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Captivating and beautifully narrated

I feel that this is a book that benefits from being an audiobook. I loved the narration. I was surprised how engrossed I got in the tales interwoven and the stories of the lives through time

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just beautiful

will be relistening to this one for years to come
beautiful book happy to recommend 😀

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Mesmerising

This was such a pure story that was written with a lot of care and fragility.
Siobhán was a fantastic narrator and I could listen to her all day. She really brought this wonderful novel to life and she was the best person for the job.
Looking forward to further projects from both Doirenn Ní Ghriofa and Siobhán Sweeney