Scheduled to be released in the UK by Picador on September 30, the paperback of Gabriel Byrne’s hugely successful memoir, Walking With Ghosts, has a new cover and a new synopsis, too!
Born to working-class parents and the eldest of six children, Gabriel Byrne harboured a childhood desire to become a priest. Four years later, Byrne had been expelled from an English seminary and he quickly returned to his native city. There he took odd jobs as a messenger boy and a factory labourer to get by. In his spare time he visited the cinema, where he could be alone and yet part of a crowd. It was here that he could begin to imagine a life beyond the grey world of ’60s Ireland.
It was a friend who suggested Byrne join an amateur drama group, a decision that would change his life forever and launch him on an extraordinary forty-year career in film and theatre. Moving between sensual recollection of childhood in a now almost vanished Ireland and reflections on stardom in Hollywood and on Broadway, often through the lens of addiction. Hilarious and heartbreaking Walking With Ghosts is a lyrical homage to the people and landscapes that ultimately shape our destinies.
And the new cover takes us back in time:
Glowing words of praise from colleagues round out this new offering, which arrives just 11 months after the publication, to wide acclaim, of the hardbound original:
So, what are you waiting for!? Pre-order this paperback now. It will be the PERFECT stocking-stuffer for the holidays, don’t you think?
You could also look for his other memoir. Remember? It may be a bit harder to find, though. heart
For US Readers
Walking With Ghosts, published by Grove Atlantic, will be available in paperback on November 23, 2021. You can pre-order it from several different outlets by visiting the Grove Atlantic page for the book.
And here’s the Amazon page for the book, with the Paperback information highlighted. I love that it is still, almost a year later, an Amazon Editors’ Pick!
Not sure if there will be a new cover, though. We shall see! heart