The Lighthouse Keeper

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  • ‘a significant contribution to the literature of Northern Ireland’ –Pat Ramsey
  • ‘There is no one else writing fiction in Northern Ireland today quite like Francis Hagan.’ –Joanne Savage
  • ‘an original and deft novel . . . Hagan is a wise and hugely talented writer who straddles genres and moods without ever losing his balance. There is no one else writing fiction in Northern Ireland today quite like him.’ –Culture Northern Ireland
  • ‘Hagan's literary cannon is aimed more at Orwell and Kafka than any well-known Irish or Northern Irish writer.’ –Verbal magazine
  • 'A beautifully written book. It would have been easy to make this novel a one-dimensional exercise in judgement. "Your past actions define who you are." - But it's never as simple as that. Francis understands, and tackles with remarkable dexterity, that complex issue and throws light onto areas where previous books in this vein have left shadow. His prose is beautiful. You'll want to eat this book after you read it; the words are satisfying, filling and substantial. The Lighthouse Keeper is one of those books that will change your opinion. It will challenge you.' –Paul Wylie
  • 'When the runaway train of the Northern Ireland Troubles finally hit the buffers in 1998, many questions remained unanswered about their root values. In his second novel, Francis Hagan hunts down the quintessential truths obscured by decades of political violence. The narrator, Peter Boniface, is a psychotherapist who suddenly finds himself counselling a key paramilitary, ambiguously contrite. Their complex exchanges are the catalyst for a searching retrospective, which is at once philosophical, clear in its moral conclusions and entertaining. Novels on this era were plagued by cardboard drama and meaningless conflict blether. Hagan’s writing resonates with new interpretation and insights, which come directly out of personal experience and original ideas.' –William Cobham

Meet The Author

Francis Hagan was born in 1955 in County Tyrone. He grew up on an estate at the foot of Cave Hill, Belfast, left school at 15 and eventually took a degree in English Literature from the University of Ulster. He completed an MA in Irish Writing at Queen’s University Belfast, taught Creative Writing for ten years and now teaches English in one of Northern Ireland’s leading integrated schools. Francis has had criticism, poetry and short stories published. The Lighthouse Keeper is his second novel; his first, The Auditor, was a futuristic parable about the ethical origins of the new Northern Irish state.

It is winter, just before Christmas. On the cliffs above the transit town of Port Hiver stands a decommissioned lighthouse. Inside, Peter Boniface, a psychotherapist, ponders the falling snow, and his imminent retirement. The arrival of an unexpected visitor plucks him out of his reverie and throws him into the most hazardous case of his career. Boniface’s visitor is Bones, a former paramilitary, seeking, he says, “to make a good death”. The Lighthouse Keeper is an account of this encounter, the outcome of which will determine everything about what remains of the lives of them both. Nothing less than an examination of the conflicting values underpinning Irish culture, The Lighthouse Keeper traces the intersecting worlds of its two protagonists, from Boniface’s consulting room to the wider world.

Weight 0.5 kg