Author(s): Byrne, Gabriel,
Date of Publication: 12/11/2020,
Pagination: 224 pages,
Published By: PAN MACMILLAN ,
Book Classification: Ireland,
Walking with Ghosts is the stunningly evocative memoir by Irish actor and Hollywood star, Gabriel Byrne. 'Dreamy, lyrical and utterly unvarnished' - Colm Toibin. As a young boy growing up in the outskirts of Dublin, Gabriel Byrne sought refuge in a world of imagination among the fields and hills near his home, at the edge of a rapidly encroaching city.
It was a friend who suggested Byrne join an amateur drama group, a decision that would change his life forever and launch him on an extraordinary forty-year career in film and theatre. Moving between sensual recollection of childhood in a now almost vanished Ireland and reflections on stardom in Hollywood and on Broadway, Byrne also courageously recounts his battle with addiction and the ambivalence of fame. Walking with Ghosts is by turns hilarious and heartbreaking as well as a lyrical homage to the people and landscapes that ultimately shape our destinies.
'Make no mistake about it: this is a masterpiece . . .poetic, moving and very funny' - Colum McCann