The Lighthouse Keeper

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The Lighthouse Keeper

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"There is no one else writing fiction in Northern Ireland today quite like Francis Hagan.”
Joanne Savage

It is winter, just before Christmas. On the cliffs above the transit town of Port Hiver stands a decommissioned lighthouse. Inside, Peter Boniface, a psychotherapist, ponders the falling snow, and his imminent retirement. The arrival of an unexpected visitor plucks him out of his reverie and throws him into the most hazardous case of his career. Boniface's visitor is Bones, a former paramilitary, seeking, he says, “to make a good death”. The Lighthouse Keeper is an account of this encounter, the outcome of which will determine everything about what remains of the lives of them both.

Nothing less than an examination of the conflicting values underpinning Irish culture, the novel traces the intersecting worlds of its two protagonists, from Boniface’s consulting room to the wider world.

Francis Hagan was born in 1955 in County Tyrone. He grew up on an estate at the foot of Cave Hill, Belfast, left school at 15 and eventually took a degree in English Literature from the University of Ulster. He completed an MA in Irish Writing at Queen’s University Belfast, taught Creative Writing for ten years and now teaches English in one of Northern Ireland’s leading integrated schools. Francis has published criticism, poetry and short stories. The Lighthouse Keeper is his second novel; his first, The Auditor, a futuristic parable about the ethical origins of the new Northern Irish state, was described as "an original and deft novel that combines parable with artful probing of socio-political contexts".

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