New memoir from author of No 1 bestseller, multi-award winning Staring at Lakes, which named 'Irish Book of the Year' at the 2013 Irish Book Awards.
In his new book HANGING WITH THE ELEPHANT, Michael Harding is back in Leitrim, in the north-west of Ireland. His wife has just left for a six week trip to Poland and, in her absence, he is alone for the first time since his illness two years earlier. While alone he ponders on the relationship between men and women and revisits his mother's death - and with his own inimitable humour and insight - once again looks at the meaning of life, death and the journey in between.
A compelling memoir. Absorbing and graced with a deceptive lightness of touch, [Hanging with the Elephant] is clever and brilliantly pieced together. Harding writes like an angel - Sunday Times
The writing is simple...The detail is forensic. The smells, the sounds and the memories of the house and its chatelaine described beautifully and without embellishment, one word following another, perfectly judged and placed, like literary feng shui - Irish Independent
Wonderful ... Like many people who have achieved a great deal, [Harding] cannot recognise his triumphs. This book, like its predecessor, is one of them. - Irish Times
Harding is a self-deprecating and winsome writer whose bittersweet musings on middle-age, loneliness and the search for spiritual enlightenment in post-Catholic Ireland are leavened by an incredibly dry and unforced wit. However, it's the sections in which Harding focuses on his relationship with his mother...that Hanging with the Elephant reaches lump-in-throat-inducing levels of poignancy - Metro Herald
Harding hits it out of the park again - RTE Guide