Carmel Mc Mahon Reads from In Ordinary Time
From Damian Barr’s Literary Salon Podcast
Damian Barr’s Literary Salon tempts the world’s best writers to read exclusively from their latest greatest works and share their own personal stories. Star guests include Jojo Moyes, John Waters, Yaa Gyasi, Mary Beard, Diana Athill and Louis de Bernières—all in front of a live audience at leading glamorous locations world-wide. Our London home is the Savoy. Suave salonnière Damian Barr is your host.
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If you love literary memoir by newly discovered Irish authors then have we got the book for you! Carmel McMahon’s In Ordinary Time is a revelation—a multi-layered exploration of memory, grief and addiction that mines the ways that trauma reverberates through time. From tragically lost siblings to the broader social scars of the Famine and the Magdalene Laundries, Carmel sketches the evolution of a consciousness—from her conservative 1970s upbringing to her emigrant’s tale in New York in the 1990s, and back to the much-changed Ireland of today.
This is a perfect book for anyone who enjoyed Emilie Pine’s Notes to Self and Claire Keegan’s Small Things Like These.
In Ordinary Time by Carmel Mc Mahon is published by Duckworth Books—celebrating their 125th anniversary as an independent press—and available now.
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