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Staring at Lakes: A Memoir of Love, Melancholy and Magical Thinking By Michael Harding

Staring at Lakes: A Memoir of Love, Melancholy and Magical Thinking by Michael Harding

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Summary

Staring at Lakes is about the essence of love and marriage, about growing old and sitting in cars and staring at lakes.

Staring at Lakes: A Memoir of Love, Melancholy and Magical Thinking Summary

Staring at Lakes: A Memoir of Love, Melancholy and Magical Thinking by Michael Harding

Throughout his life, Michael Harding has lived with a sense of emptiness - through faith, marriage, fatherhood and his career as a writer, a pervading sense of darkness and unease remained.
When he was fifty-eight, he became physically ill and found himself in the grip of a deep melancholy. Here, in this beautifully written memoir, he talks with openness and honesty about his journey: leaving the priesthood when he was in his thirties, settling in Leitrim with his artist wife, the depression that eventually overwhelmed him, and how, ultimately, he found a way out of the dark, by accepting the fragility of love and the importance of now.

Staring at Lakes started out as a book about depression. And then became a story about growing old, the essence of love and marriage - and sitting in cars, staring at lakes.

Staring at Lakes: A Memoir of Love, Melancholy and Magical Thinking Reviews

'Hilarious, and tender, and mad, and harrowing, and wistful, and always beautifully written. A wonderful book'--Kevin Barry, author of City of Bohane
Written in lyrical prose, it provides a compelling insight into the turbulent emotions that rage behind so many of the bland faces we meet in everyday life'--Sunday Business Post
I read this book in one sitting ... it held me and wouldn't let go--Irish Independent
Engaging--Irish Examiner
Difficult to put down--Irish Times
'This memoir grabs you from the outset and holds you right to the end. Harding traverses the human soul and excavates its deepest secrets. His language sings. Extraordinary'--Deirdre Purcell, author of Pearl and Diamonds and Holes in My Shoes
'This frank and unflinching memoir offers a fascinating insight into the mind of the author of two of the finest Irish novels of the eighties'--Pat McCabe, author of The Butcher Boy and Breakfast on Pluto
'It's rare for a memoir to demand such intense emotional involvement, and rarer still for it to be so fully rewarded.'--Sunday Times

About Michael Harding

Michael Harding has worked in theatre as an actor, director and writer. Most widely known as the author of such plays as Strawboys, Una Pooka, Misogynist, Hubert Murray's Widow, Sour Grapes, and Amazing Grace, all produced by the Abbey Theatre, and more than a dozen other plays for leading Irish Companies, including The Kiss, Talking Through his Hat, and Swallow.
He has directed for The Abbey Theatre, The Project Arts Centre, and Red Kettle, and has worked as a performer with many distinguished theatre companies such as Siamsa Tire, Blue Raincoat, The Abbey Theatre and Gare St. Lazare.He was Writer in Association with The National Theatre in 1993, and Writer Fellow at Trinity College in 2001, and has received numerous awards for his theatre work, including The Stewart Parker Award, The Bank of Ireland RTE Award, and Best Male Performer at Dublin Theatre Fringe Festival.
His most recent work, The Tinker's Curse, toured Ireland in 2011.
He is the author of three novels: Priest, The Trouble with Sarah Gullion and Bird in the Snow.

Additional information

GOR005727702
9781444743500
1444743503
Staring at Lakes: A Memoir of Love, Melancholy and Magical Thinking by Michael Harding
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Hachette Books Ireland
2014-01-06
320
N/A
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us

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