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  • JM Originals


Niamh Prior

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

A young Irish vagrant with a strange talent wanders Kew Gardens. She knows that the weather won't be dry tomorrow, and the impending rain casts her mind back to a riverbank, where a leery fisherman once asked her to turn and grab his net for him.

The same fisherman, years later, runs into a shy childhood friend and becomes smitten with his new wife. She is drawn to his boldness and his confidence - but is it enough for him? She will leave home for a walk one day and never return - and her husband's reveries will come crashing down.

In another time, in another place, a photographer notices two ghostly latent figures on pictures developed from his vintage reflex lens - a cheerful woman and a grizzled, intimidating man. The images become clearer with each expensive roll of film, but his dogged investigation of this mystery could cost him his livelihood and his love.

So spool out the lives in Catchlights: the past contains the present and future; shallow and deep acts of cruelty, love, selfishness and kindness reverberate for years, across continents. Catchlights sets the innocence of childhood against the violence of adulthood, the joys of a passion against the horrors of an obsession, and the reality of death against the magic of life.

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