Irish Book of the Month

Each month we spotlight the biggest and best fresh publishing in Irish books. Take a literary journey through the year with us and discover 2024’s most essential reads.

May's Choice

We return to an old favourite this month with John McGahern's final novel, the masterly That They May Face the Rising Sun.

That They May Face the Rising Sun

That They May Face the Rising Sun

John McGahern

Joe and Kate Ruttledge have come to Ireland from London in search of a different life. In passages of beauty and truth, the drama of a year in their lives and those of the memorable characters that move about them unfolds through the action, the rituals of work, religious observances and play. We are introduced, with deceptive simplicity, to a complete representation of existence - an enclosed world has been transformed into an Everywhere.