Book review: The Last Good Funeral of the Year - O’Loughlin digs deep to produce an often visceral memoir

The Irish journalist’s beautiful and curious autobiography is centred upon a strong narrative of grief and what follows it

Ed O’Loughlin’s memoir is a robust examination of memory in its most ineffable form. Picture: Fergal Phillips

“Soon the lockdown would start. People would die alone in isolation wards, with no one there to hold their hands . . . Nobody knew it then, but this would be the last good funeral of the year.”

The journalist and novelist Ed O’Loughlin, born in Toronto and raised in Kildare, remembers an old flame called Charlotte in this beautiful and curious memoir. He had spotted her around the Trinity College Arts Block as a ...