Doireann Ní Ghríofa

A Ghost in the Throat


Embassy of Ireland


The prose debut of the Irish poet interweaves the stories of two women living in the same area at different times. An eighteen-century noblewoman found the body of her murdered husband; she desperately drank handfuls of his blood from her palms and then composed an extraordinary poem. In the present day, a young mother finds echoes of her own life in the poem. She becomes obsessed with discovering the truth about its author’s mysterious fate. It is an unforgettable and timeless story about how finding your voice by freeing another´s is possible.

Published by Odeon, 2021


© Bríd O’Donovan

Doireann Ní Ghríofa (* 1981) is an Irish poet and essayist; she made her literary debut in 2011. She is the author of six poetry collections and published her first prose work, The Ghost in the Throat, in 2020. This book was received by readers and critics alike extremely well: it was nominated for several literary awards, was awarded the James Tait Black Biography Prize, the oldest British literary prize since 1919, and was selected as the Irish Book of the Year 2020.


Alice Hyrmanová McElveen


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