Sean Moncrieff’s first novel, Dublin, a needle-sharp, funny and scathing thriller, was published in May 2001 by Doubleday and reached the bestseller lists in Ireland. A non-fiction book, Stark Raving Rulers: twenty minor despots of the twenty-first century, was published in October 2004, followed by God, A Users’ Guide in 2006. A second novel, The History of Things, was published in 2007.
Sean hosts Moncrieff, an award winning radio show every afternoon on Newstalk in Ireland, and works on a new non-fiction book, The Irish, commissioned by Gill & Macmillan (for publication in 2015).
THE ANGEL OF THE STREETMAPS
When Manda Ferguson falls out of an apartment window to her death, the story is on all the front pages. But then her death starts to have an effect on the living.
Baz: the man accused of killing her has to decide whether or not to turn himself in.
Maurice: the taxi driver who inadvertently helped Baz escape wrestles with whether he should mete out his own form of justice.
Rachel: the failing election candidate who has to choose between giving up or speaking her mind.
Michael: the priest who administered the last rites to Manda and who is finally forced to confront his true (dis)beliefs.
Carol: Manda’s cousin. A tabloid reporter on the verge of losing her job who begins to discover some curious gaps in her memory…
But the effect travels even further than these five intersecting stories when claims are made that Manda’s ‘spirit’ is appearing beneath lampposts. In an economically devastated Ireland, where people have lost faith in politics, in business or religion, each character strives to answer the question: when there’s nothing left to believe in, what can we believe?
“There is mystery, death and love in The Angel of the Streetlamps; there are wolves and there are sheep. Seán Moncrieff presents us with a cacophony of genuine voices strutting their views on politics, religion and class wars. Moncrieff is a master of the vicious aside, the canny comment and the funny twist, and he brings insight and intelligence to this novel of a damaged, confused and all too recognisable 21st century Ireland.” —Nuala Ní Chonchúir, author of “Mother America”
“…The writing is snappy and stylish, and his dialogue is spot-on.” —The Irish Examiner
“It’s thoughtful and dark, even cynical, in its dissection of how a single crime reverberates throughout Irish society.” —The Irish Independent
“A riveting read.” —Tatler
Publisher: New Island (2012)
Rights held: World ex. English UK & Ireland. Rights sold: Turkey (Tünel)