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Prophet Song: A Novel (Booker Prize Winner)
Prophet Song: A Novel (Booker Prize Winner)
Prophet Song: A Novel (Booker Prize Winner)
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Prophet Song: A Novel (Booker Prize Winner)

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On a dark, wet evening in Dublin, scientist and mother-of-four Eilish Stack answers her front door to find two officers from Ireland’s newly formed secret police on her step. They have arrived to interrogate her husband, a trade unionist.

Ireland is falling apart, caught in the grip of a government turning towards tyranny. As the life she knows and the ones she loves disappear before her eyes, Eilish must contend with the dystopian logic of her new, unraveling country. How far will she go to save her family? And what—or who—is she willing to leave behind?

The winner of the Booker Prize 2023, Prophet Song presents a terrifying and shocking vision of a country sliding into authoritarianism and a deeply human portrait of a mother’s fight to hold her family together.

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Booker Prize winner…

In a contemporary (but alternate) Ireland, Eilish Stack and her family try to navigate an increasingly oppressive totalitarian government. The story opens as Eilish’s husband, a union worker, is taken in for questioning — and never seen again. Lynch (“Grace”) weaves a claustrophobic dystopian nightmare that, eerily, doesn’t feel as far-fetched as we’d like. “Prophet Song” won the Booker Prize for 2023.

Release dateDec 5, 2023
Prophet Song: A Novel (Booker Prize Winner)
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Paul Lynch

Paul Lynch is the author of the novels Red Sky in Morning, The Black Snow, Grace and Beyond the Sea. Grace won the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year 2018 and was shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction and the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing 2018. The Black Snow won France's Prix Libr'à Nous for Best Foreign Novel and was a finalist for the Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger (Best Foreign Book Prize). He lives in Dublin with his wife and two children. His website is

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