O’Connor on form with a novel that plays with the past

O’Connor on form with a novel that plays with the past
Joseph O’Connor: his latest novel, based on the life of Bram Stoker, deals in humour and warmth Pic: Getty

Fiction: Shadowplay, By Joseph O’Connor , Harvill Secker, €17.50

To be dramatically worthwhile, literary fiction is often dark and cruel to its characters, so it’s a pleasure to be in the company of an author who deals in humour, warmth and generosity. While reading Shadowplay by Joseph O’Connor, I wore a perpetual grin on my face.

In Shadowplay, O’Connor sets his sights on Ireland’s own Bram Stoker, who serves as O’Connor’s narrator...

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