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      • Saturday 22nd February 2020

        On Saturday 22nd February 2020

      • 07:30 PM

        07:30 PM

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        Liberty Hall, Dublin

Join Booker Prize-winning author Anne Enright as she celebrates the publication of Actress, her first book since the acclaimed The Green Road.

An intensely moving, disturbing novel about mothers, daughters and the men in their lives, Actress is the story of Irish theatre legend Katherine O’Dell, telling of early stardom in Hollywood, of highs and lows on the stages of Dublin and London’s West End, and of a bizarre crime.

Anne Enright was born in Dublin, where she now lives and works. She has written two collections of stories, one book of non-fiction, and six novels, including The Gathering, which won the 2007 Man Booker Prize, The Forgotten Waltz, which was awarded the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, and The Green Road, which was the Bord GáisEnergy Novel of the Year and won the Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award. In 2015 she was appointed as the first Laureate for Irish Fiction, and in 2018 she received the Irish PEN Award for Outstanding Contribution to Irish Literature.

Anne will be interviewed at this event by Kathy Sheridan of The Irish Times Women's Podcast, which has been nominated for a National Journalism Award and is sponsored by Green & Blacks.

You can buy a copy of Actress, RRP €16.99, for only €8.50 when booking your ticket. Anne will be signing copies after the event.

Don’t miss this chance to hear from one of Ireland’s greatest living writers.


 

  • Actress

  • *LONGLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE 2020*

    From the Booker-winning Irish author, a brilliant and moving novel about fame, sexual power, and a daughter’s search to understand her mother’s hidden truths.

    This is the story of Irish theatre legend Katherine O’Dell, as told by her daughter Norah. It tells of early stardom in Hollywood, of highs and lows on the stages of Dublin and London’s West End. Katherine’s life is a grand performance, with young Norah watching from the wings.

    But this romance between mother and daughter cannot survive Katherine’s past, or the world’s damage. As Norah uncovers her mother’s secrets, she acquires a few of her own. Then, fame turns to infamy when Katherine decides to commit a bizarre crime.

    Actress is about a daughter’s search for the truth: the dark secret in the bright star, and what drove Katherine finally mad.

    Brilliantly capturing the glamour of post-war America and the shabbiness of 1970s Dublin, Actress is an intensely moving, disturbing novel about mothers and daughters and the men in their lives. A scintillating examination of the corrosive nature of celebrity, it is also a sad and triumphant tale of freedom from bad love, and from the avid gaze of the crowd.

    **A SUNDAY TIMES BOOK TO WATCH OUT FOR IN 2020**

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