Laura Hackett

Lives of Mothers

A Ghost in the Throat


Tramp Press 224pp £12.99 order from our bookshop

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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