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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.


"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

"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

"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

"Writing at its most riveting."

- The Times

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

- Evening Standard

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

- Guardian