Walking with Ghosts


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Grove Press
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6.0 X 9.1 X 1.0 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author

GABRIEL BYRNE was born in Dublin and has starred in over 80 films for some of the cinema's leading directors. He won a Golden Globe for his performance on HBO's In Treatment. On Broadway he won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Actor and has been nominated twice for the Tony Award. He lives in Manhattan and Maine.


"Dreamy, lyrical, and utterly unvarnished. Writes passionately about first love and hilariously about life as an actor " --Colm Toibin, The Irish Times

"[Byrne] writes with much more depth than the typical celebrity memoirist, accessing some of Heaney's earthiness and Joyce's grasp of how Catholic guilt can shape an artist...possesses a winning dry humor that reads as authentically humble...Byrne is an impressive chronicler. A melancholy but gemlike memoir, elegantly written and rich in hard experience."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Actor Byrne channels his fellow countrymen and Ireland's literary masters--Beckett, Heaney, Joyce, Yeats--to create an exceptionally lyrical and expressive memoir about his childhood and early career... Bracingly revealing about his struggle with alcoholism, achingly passionate about the Ireland of his youth, and piercingly frank about his acting life, Byrne is a vivid, evocative, and sumptuously compelling memoirist." --Booklist

"Walking With Ghosts is lavish with lyricism, but presents a pretty unvarnished version of its author... The book is also a conscious departure: stylistically ambitious, purposefully (and successfully) so." --The Guardian (UK)

"The wonder of this memoir is its unembellished truth. It is written by a man whose amazing story is the stuff of Literature." --Edna O' Brien

"Make no mistake about it: Walking with Ghosts is a masterpiece. A book that will wring out our tired hearts. It is by turns poetic, moving, and very funny. You will find it on the shelf alongside other great Irish memoirs including those by Frank McCourt, Nuala O'Faolain and Edna O'Brien." --Colum McCann

"The allure of Gabriel Byrne's memoir is that it persuasively humanizes what it is to be a big deal movie star. Byrne is wonderfully without cant or bluster or phony humility. Instead he leads with felicity, candor, humor and empathy. In the end, he seems to be somebody you'd be glad to know."--Richard Ford

"Mercurial, ferociously honest and moving. Byrne pierces the cloak of celebrity and his shining prose leads us to an altogether more human place. A poignant symphony of memories and dreams, longing and loss, in a search for the immigrants most elusive prize, home." --Karl Geary

"Exquisite. This book feels like the culmination of a long literary career and not the debut of a famous actor. Byrne makes himself fully vulnerable while in total command of language and form. There is great truth and great beauty in this close examination of a life and the passage of time. I've never read a memoir so raw and honest and literary and absolutely, staggeringly brilliant." --Lily King

"A poetic journey into those secret realms of memory which dominate our lives, but are rarely spoken about. By revealing himself with such courage, compassion, and exquisite poise, Gabriel Byrne gives readers that rare gift of being able to see themselves in the feelings of another person. This book is more than a memoir--it's a mirror that reflects the deepest parts of us in exile." --Simon Van Booy

"I felt I was there, listening to him and his parents, his dates, his experiences. This isn't a book about being a film star, it's a book about being a human, an empath, a reader, a son, a traveller, and someone who always has their eyes - and heart - open to the possibilities of the world... A joy of a book - full of heart and humour, beautifully told." --Sinead Gleeson

"A wry and warm, swirling poetic reverie of a memoir."--Colin Barrett