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Author: Gabriel Byrne Narrator: Gabriel Byrne Publisher: Recorded Books Inc. Audio Length: Release Date: January 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781705010846

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A highly anticipated memoir by Gabriel Byrne, the award-winning star of over eighty films, Walking with Ghosts is an exquisite portrait of an Irish childhood and a remarkable journey to Hollywood and Broadway success.

As a young boy growing up in the outskirts of Dublin, Gabriel Byrne sought refuge in a world of imagination among the fields and hills near his home, at the edge of a rapidly encroaching city. Born to working class parents and the eldest of six children, he harbored a childhood desire to become a priest. When he was eleven years old, Byrne found himself crossing the Irish Sea to join a seminary in England. Four years later, Byrne had been expelled and he quickly returned to his native city. There he took odd jobs as a messenger boy and a factory laborer to get by. In his spare time, he visited the cinema where he could be alone and yet part of a crowd. It was here that he could begin to imagine a life beyond the grey world of 19s0s Ireland.

He reveled in the theater and poetry of Dublin’s streets, populated by characters as eccentric and remarkable as any in fiction, those who spin a yarn with acuity and wit. It was a friend who suggested Byrne join an amateur drama group, a decision that would change his life forever and launch him on an extraordinary forty-year career in film and theater. Moving between sensual recollection of childhood in a now almost vanished Ireland and reflections on stardom in Hollywood and Broadway, Byrne also courageously recounts his battle with addiction and the ambivalence of fame.

Walking with Ghosts is by turns hilarious and heartbreaking as well as a lyrical homage to the people and landscapes that ultimately shape our destinies.

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  • “Emotional, evocative prose.”

    - New York Times
  • “Dreamy, lyrical, and utterly unvarnished. Writes passionately about first love and hilariously about life as an actor.”

    - Irish Times (Dublin)
  • “A melancholy but gemlike memoir, elegantly written and rich in hard experience.”

    - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


  • A Kirkus Reviews Pick of Most Anticipated Books of 2021

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About the Author

Gabriel Byrne was born in Dublin. Before acting, he explored several careers and considered becoming a priest. He embarked on stage work at age twenty-nine, his Hollywood career taking off when he starred in Miller’s Crossing. Byrne later appeared in The Usual Suspects and Stigmata, and produced the film In the Name of Father, which was nominated for seven Oscars.