‘I haven’t read a book that has shaken me so intensely in many years… The comparisons are inevitable – Saramago, Orwell, McCarthyÂ – but this novel will stand entirely on its own.’ Colum McCann, author of Apeirogon
An Irish Times ‘Book to Look Forward to in 2023’
A fearless portrait of a society on the brink as a mother faces a terrible choice, from an internationally award-winning author
On a dark, wet evening in Dublin, scientist and mother-of-four Eilish Stack answers her front door to find the GNSB on her step. Two officers from Ireland’s newly formed secret police are here to interrogate her husband, a trade unionist.Â
Ireland is falling apart. The country is in the grip of a government turning towards tyranny and when her husband disappears, Eilish finds herself caught within the nightmare logic of a society that is quickly unravelling.
How far will she go to save her family? And what – or who – is she willing to leave behind?
Exhilarating, terrifying and propulsive, Prophet Song is a work of breathtaking originality, offering a devastating vision of a country at war and a deeply human portrait of a mother’s fight to hold her family together.