Fiction Book Group - Though the Bodies Fall by Noel O'Regan

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Monday, August 12th • 6:30 PM ET / 11:30 PM IST via Zoom
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**Shortlisted for the 2024 James Tait Black Fiction Prize**

**Shortlisted for Newcomer of the Year at the 2023 An Post Irish Book Awards**

**Featured in ‘Irish Debut Authors to Look Out For in 2023’ profile in The Irish Times**

**Featured in Electric Literature’s ‘Most Anticipated Irish Novels of 2023’**


From an exciting new voice in Irish fiction, a powerful novel set on an Irish clifftop - a story about duty, despair and the chance encounters upon which fate turns

Micheal Burns lives alone in his family's bungalow at the end of Kerry Head in Ireland. It is a picturesque place, but the cliffs have a darker side to them: for generations they have been a suicide black spot. Micheal's mother saw the saving of these lost souls - these visitors - as her spiritual duty, and now, in the wreckage of his life, Micheal finds himself continuing her work. When his sisters tell him that they want to sell the land, he must choose between his siblings and the visitors, a future or a past.


  • "O’Regan’s exploration of ordinary lives shattered by extraordinary circumstances is perceptive." --THE GUARDIAN

  • "Though the Bodies Fall is an arrestingly original evocation of the ancestral fault-lines running through this island, a place where landscape is a character, the dead are as real as the living, and the young have a battle on their hands. O'Regan writes with compassion, humour and imaginative force, signalling the arrival of a major new voice in Irish writing." --Claire Kilroy, author of Tenderwire and Soldier Sailor 
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About the Author

Noel O'Regan was raised in Co. Kerry in the south-west of Ireland. He is the recipient of a number of prizes, including a 2022 Arts Council Next Generation Artist Award. His fiction has been published in the Stinging Fly, Ambit and the London Magazine.

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