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Paul Murray: The Bee Sting

An unhappy family portrayed with wit, wisdom and heart

Paul Murray
Wednesday 08 May 2024
Event Code: 146

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"People have crazy lives," says Paul Murray. "The stuff that happens to – quote-unquote – ordinary folks is very operatic."

Case in point: his Booker Prize shortlisted The Bee Sting which follows an unravelling household in the Irish Midlands who embody Tolstoy's proverb about unhappy families. Paul's third novel has been acclaimed by critics as “generous, expansive and glorious as a cathedral” (The Guardian).

One of three superb Irish writers at this year's Festival, this is your chance to catch Paul solo, in conversation with Kate Evans (ABC RN's The Bookshelf).


Supported by

State Library of NSW, Library Auditorium
Macquarie Street Wing, Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000