Doireann Ní Ghríofa has already made a name for herself as a bilingual poet, capable of transforming ordinary objects into wonders. A Ghost in the Throat is her prose debut, a combination of autofiction and literary enquiry, and it does not disappoint. This remarkable book follows the life of its author as she writes, looks after her family, gives birth and, crucially, immerses herself in the life and writing of an 18th-century Irish woman, Eibhlín Dubh Ní Chonaill.
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I have just spent a wonderful few minutes re-reading the best book review of the year in my opinion. It's by Piers Brendon in September's issue of @Lit_Review. Beautifully captioned as 'Jack the Lad', Brendon takes Fredrik Logevall's JFK: Vol.I apart! It's a laugh a minute. Ouch!