The Light Makers by Mary O’Donnell

ISBN 978-0-9931443-3-2 /198 pp/€12.95

Photojournalist Hanna Troy is killing time on a summer walkabout in the city. As the afternoon progresses, her reflections unravel a raw, sometimes sensuous story of darkness and light. She meditates on her failing marital relationship, the anguish of a being a professional trying to become a mother, and the complexities of being a young and outspoken woman in the repressive environment of Ireland in the 1980s. Considering the experiences of her contemporaries and evoking family events long past that still resonate, Hanna is determined that her own resilience will overcome the challenges she faces.

When The Light Makers was first published it received widespread acclaim, with critics describing Mary O’Donnell’s debut as ‘compelling’, ‘powerful’ and ‘erotic’. It rated in the Irish best seller listings for weeks and became the Sunday Tribune’s choice as ‘Best New Irish Novel of 1992.’ For any contemporary reader, the vibrant voice of Hanna, with her very real woman’s concerns, is as valid in today’s Ireland as it was twenty five years ago.

451 Editions is honoured to publish The Light Makers’ second edition, which launched at The Irish Writers’ Centre on 18 July, 2017.  It is available by order  from bookshops around Ireland and from online bookshops internationally. For purchasing links, see below, and don’t forget to visit


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