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The Angel of the Streetlamps

The Angel of the Streetlamps


By Sean Moncrieff

A thrilling novel of Dublin and Ireland in the post-Celtic Tiger years. Populated by rich characters and the kind of insight and intelligence thjat typifies Moncrieff’s writing, The Angel of the Streetlamps is a classic of modern writing.

Trade paperback | 320pp | ISBN 978-1-84840-123-5 | Release Date: November 2012

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When Manda Ferguson falls out of an apartment window to her death, the story is on all the front pages. But then her death starts to have an effect on the living.

  • Baz: the man accused of killing her has to decide whether or not to turn himself in.Maurice: the taxi driver who inadvertently helped Baz escape wrestles with whether he should mete out his own form of justice.

  • Rachel: the failing election candidate who has to choose between giving up or speaking her mind.

  • Michael: the priest who administered the last rites to Manda and who is finally forced to confront his true (dis)beliefs.

  • Carol: Manda's cousin. A tabloid reporter on the verge of losing her job who begins to discover some curious gaps in her memory

But the effect travels even further than these five intersecting stories when claims are made that Manda's spirit is appearing beneath lampposts. In an economically devastated Ireland, where people have lost faith in politics, in business or religion, each character strives to answer the question: when there's nothing left to believe in, what can we believe?