Fiction Book Group - Prophet Song by Paul Lynch

Paul Lynch Prophet Song book cover

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The explosive literary sensation: a mother faces a terrible choice as Ireland slides into totalitarianism.

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.

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.


Lynch pulls off feats of language that are stunning to witness... This is a triumph of emotional storytelling, bracing and brave. Esi Edugyan, Chair of Judges, The Booker Prize 2023

If there was ever a crucial book for our current times, it's Paul Lynch's Prophet Song... A brilliantly haunting novel. Observer

Paul Lynch

About the Author

Paul Lynch was born in Limerick in 1977, grew up in Co Donegal, and lives in Dublin. He was previously the chief film critic of Ireland’s Sunday Tribune newspaper from 2007 to 2011, and wrote regularly for The Sunday Times on cinema. He is now a full-time novelist. He is known for his poetic, lyrical style and exploration of complex themes. He has published five novels and has won several awards, including the Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award. He received the 2023 Booker Prize for his fifth novel, Prophet Song

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