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"Prophet Song" UK, Ireland press release

Updated: Jun 1, 2023

7 September 2023 | Hardback £16.99

"A fearless portrait of a society on the brink and a mother’s battle to save her family"

In today's world, our televisions broadcast a continuous stream of tragic news, from the horrors of war and famine to poverty and homelessness. And it’s all too easy to become desensitized to these images, forgetting that behind them lie real people whose lives have been impacted. So how can a novelist engage readers in the problems of the world, surprise and shock them, and hold their attention?

Paul Lynch’s latest novel is a deeply moving exploration of the consequences for ordinary people caught up in terrible events. Rather than placing his story in a foreign land, Lynch sets it in his own backyard - Ireland. But this is an imagined Ireland, a nation teetering on the edge of collapse, controlled by a government that is rapidly descending into tyranny.

The story begins on a dark and rainy evening in Dublin, where we meet Eilish Stack, a scientist and mother of four, answering her front door to the newly formed secret police, there to interrogate Larry, her husband and a trade union leader. When Larry mysteriously disappears, Eilish finds herself caught in the nightmarish logic of a collapsing society. History, her sister warns her, is a silent record of people who did not know when to leave. Now, Eilish must confront some terrible choices - what, or who, is she willing to sacrifice to save herself and her family?

Exhilarating, terrifying, and utterly compelling, Prophet Song is a breathtaking exploration of the human capacity for love and resilience in the face of unimaginable terror - the kind that we see every day on TV. The fact that it takes place in a country we know so well, with characters who could be our neighbours, makes it all the more affecting.

For more information, contact Margot Weale, Publicity Director

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