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The Interview

The Interview

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By Patricia O'Reilly

In this brilliant new novel, Patricia O'Reilly explores that event and imagines what happened between the two.

Trade paperback | 224pp | ISBN 978-1-84840-348-2 | Release Date June 2014

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Paris 1972. Eileen Gray, Irish designer and architect now in her 90s, is the reluctant darling of the international media, second time around. After years of living in reclusive oblivion the record breaking price paid for her Destiny screen in the Doucet sale has her back in the news. Bruce Chatwin, young, rising star of Fleet Street, spends two hours closeted with her in her apartment. Why wasn’t the interview published? What happened between Eileen Gray and Bruce Chatwin that afternoon? In this brilliant new novel, Patricia O'Reilly explores that event and imagines what happened between the two.

Reviews:

a brilliantly evocative novel…a daring act of literary ventriloquism…O’Reilly’s novel is about how our lives can be changed by even the shortest encounter, when we meet someone who shows us our future path.
— Irish Mail on Sunday
vibrant and compelling...fascinating and well rendered...A portrait of a passionate and diligent woman emerges.
— The Irish Times
… an elegant book, atmospheric and engaging.
— Sunday Independent
…Gray’s beguiling voice dominates the novel…a fictional but convincing account…
— Historical Novel Review, Gordon O’Sullivan