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Shining City

Shining City

By Conor McPherson
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback : 9781854598196, 96 pages, June 2005


A brilliant, haunting play from the multi-award-winning author of The Weir.

Ian has left the priesthood to become a therapist. John is one of his first clients. John's wife has been killed in a car accident, and he keeps receiving visits from her ghost. John, with Ian's help, starts to recover. But what begins as an unusual encounter becomes a desperate struggle between the living and the dead – a struggle which will shape and define both of them for the rest of their lives.


"At his best Conor McPherson is a writer who combines great character comedy with a real sense of pathos. And Shining City is Conor McPherson at his very best... Guilt, sex and therapy with a script from acting heaven."

- Daily Mail

"Moving, compassionate, ingenious and absolutely gripping ... scenes that provoke great, generous gales of laughter, others that send a shiver of fear down the spine ... riveting."

- Telegraph

"Writing at its most riveting."

- The Times

"Compulsively gripping... McPherson brilliantly reconciles the mundane and the metaphysical."

- Guardian

"Quiet, haunting and absolutely glorious... Shining City is as close to perfection as contemporary playwriting gets."

- New York Times

"The finest dramatist of his generation... McPherson is back in business, writing magnificently."

- Daily Telegraph

"McPherson at his best, laying bare the soul in all its pathetic, flawed ordinariness."

- Evening Standard