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Walking With Ghosts: A Memoir [9781529027433]

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Walking with Ghosts is the stunningly evocative memoir by Irish actor and Hollywood star, Gabriel Byrne.

'Make no mistake about it: this is a masterpiece . . . poetic, moving and very funny' - Colum McCann, author of Let the Great World Spin


As a young boy growing up in the outskirts of Dublin, Gabriel Byrne sought refuge in a world of imagination among the fields and hills near his home, at the edge of a rapidly encroaching city. Born to working-class parents and the eldest of six children, he harboured a childhood desire to become a priest. When he was eleven years old, Byrne found himself crossing the Irish Sea to join a seminary in England. Four years later, Byrne had been expelled 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.

He revelled in the theatre and poetry of Dublin's streets, populated by characters as eccentric and remarkable as any in fiction, those who spin a yarn with acuity and wit. 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, Byrne also courageously recounts his battle with addiction and the ambivalence of fame.

Walking with Ghosts is by turns hilarious and heartbreaking as well as a lyrical homage to the people and landscapes that ultimately shape our destinies.


AUTHOR: Gabriel Byrne was born in Dublin and has starred in over eighty films for some of the cinema's leading directors. He won a Golden Globe for his performance on HBO's In Treatment. On Broadway he won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Actor and has been nominated twice for the Tony Award. He lives in Manhattan and Maine. Walking With Ghosts is his memoir.

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ISBN13:
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Author:
Gabriel Byrne
Publisher:
Picador
Publication:
12-Nov-2020
Format:
Hardback
Pages:
224
Weight:
318 Grams
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    Gabriel Byrne’s memories

    Posted by Margie Bonnet on 4th Dec 2020

    Beautifully written. You can almost hear his Irish accent. Moving and fascinating. I’d recommend this to anyone but especially if you enjoy the world of cinema and theatre. Hard to put down. He comes across as a very sensitive soul who has overcome many challenges in his life.

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