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Paul Lynch: Prophet Song

The 2023 Booker Prize winner discusses his breathtaking parable 

Paul Lynch (photo credit Ray Burmiston)
Michael Williams
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Friday 24 May 2024
8-9pm
Event Code: 7
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In his Booker Prize acceptance speech, Paul Lynch admitted his fifth novel, Prophet Song, had been difficult to write.

“The rational part of me believed I was dooming my career,” he said, “though I had to write the book anyway. We do not have a choice in such matters”.

Set in Ireland’s near future, Prophet Song depicts a collapsing society in the grip of an increasingly tyrannical government. The Booker Prize judges described it as a novel “to remind us of all that is worth saving”.

Sit down with Paul and host Michael Williams to discuss this timely and terrifying parable.
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