June's Book of the Month: 'Nothing on Earth' by Conor O'Callaghan

Pat Kenny and the Eason Book Club read the new book from the celebrated Irish author

Eason Book Club, Easons, Pat Kenny, Mary ORourke, Brian Kennedy, Katherine Lynch, Nothing on Earth, Conor OCallaghan

[Doubleday Ireland]

After the universal praise of May's simple novella Our Souls at Night, the Eason Book Club on The Pat Kenny Show turns its attentions to something a little more strange - with the promise of a few bumps in the night. From Irish author Conor O'Callaghan, it's Nothing on Earth.

The novel, chosen by former cabinet minister Mary O'Rourke, and comes from the well-known contemporary poet Conor O'Callaghan. 

As we leave May behind with long days filled with hot weather, Nothing on Earth takes place during the hottest August in living memory. A frightened girl bangs on a door. A man answers. From the moment he invites her in, his world will never be the same again. She tells him about her family, and their strange life in the show home of an abandoned housing estate.

The long, blistering days spent sunbathing; the airless nights filled with inexplicable noises; the words that appear on the windows, written in dust. Where is her family now? Is she telling the truth? Can the man be trusted? Beautiful and disturbing, her story - retold in his words - reaches towards those frayed edges of reality where each of us, if only once, glimpses something nobody will ever explain.

The Eason Book Club will gather in Newstalk's Dublin studios on Thursday, June 30th. So get reading!

 

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