Fiction Book Group - The Last Crossing, Brian McGilloway

April 2023 Fiction

The April Fiction Book Group will be meeting via Zoom

Monday, April 10th • 6:30 PM ET / 11:30 PM GMT via Zoom
Session open to all, no registration required.

Click on this link to join the Zoom session

Find out about Solas Nua's Fiction Book Group and titles list

Join the Book Group's Facebook Group here!

Tony, Hugh and Karen thought they’d seen the last of each other thirty years ago.

Half a lifetime has passed and memories have been buried. But when they are asked to reunite – to lay ghosts to rest for the good of the future – they all have their own reasons to agree.

As they take the ferry from Northern Ireland to Scotland the past is brought into terrible focus – some things are impossible to leave behind.

In The Last Crossing memory is unreliable, truth shifts and slips and the lingering legacy of the Troubles threatens the present once again.

"… McGilloway brings a forensic and compassionate eye to bear on the post-Troubles settlement in this thoughtful, moving, morally complex book" 
— Irish Times

"McGilloway’s grasp of characterisation is of the first rank, and more than compensates for the familiarity of the scenario here. The author continues to be one of Ireland’s most accomplished crime writers"
— CrimeTime

"[A] superb book… thoughtful and insightful, wrenching and utterly compelling. It says something truly profound and universal about love, loyalty and revenge… If you want to understand Northern Ireland, or any society that has experienced conflict, put it on your list. And the writing is exquisite" 
— Jane Casey

"Unearths individuals truths, unreliable memories and personal mythologies with a complex character-driven story that will leave you breathless until the final page" 
— Gerard Brennan

‘As heart-stopping and thrilling as it is exquisitely written and prescient’ 
— Claire Allan

"Another extraordinary novel from one of Ireland’s crime fiction masters"
— Adrian McKinty

"A remarkably timely thriller" 
— Irish World

Michelle Gallen

About the Author
Michelle Gallen
was born in County Tyrone in the mid 1970s and grew up during the Troubles a few miles from the border between what she was told was the"‘Free" State and the "United" Kingdom. She studied English literature at Trinity College Dublin and won several prestigious prizes as a young writer. Following a devastating brain injury in her midtwenties, she co-founded three award-winning companies and won international recognition for digital innovation. She now lives in Dublin with her husband and kids.


All events are listed in Eastern Time and Greenwich Mean Time.


Related events