In The Library

Meet Our First One Book Lane Book Club!

The ladies of the St Martin Book Club, the Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall with their copies of Ghost Moth.

Each month we’ll be selecting a different book club to read and review a brand new paperback, perfect for reading group discussion.

If you’d like to volunteer your reading group to read our November book club choice, Essie Fox’s The Goddess and the Thief next month,  sign up here.

This month the brave souls of the St Martin Book Club, Cornwall put themselves forward to read and review our first ever OBL book club choice, Ghost Moth by Michèle Forbes.

Here’s what they made of it . . .


‘I read this in a day. The places her characters inhabited were so well described . . . Although this was sad I will look forward to reading Michele Forbes’ next book. Thanks for a great read.’

‘An intriguing read from this debut author. Our last Book Club read was an Edna O’Brien title, and while O’Brien has a gift of lyrical prose, I preferred Michele Forbes’ Irish novel as it was more concise. My favourite part was the portrayal of everyday family life before the storm of unrest was unleashed on both Katherine and the city of Belfast.’

‘Imaginatively written . . . Throughout the book there is the throbbing intensity of lurking danger – the threat to both life and love. It was interesting to have an insight into what it must have been like for law abiding and peace loving citizens living in Belfast at the start of The Troubles’

Many thanks to the ladies of the St Martin Book Club!

‘It evokes in delicate word-pictures, the menace of endangered, everyday relationships in Ireland, as The Troubles evolved. Absorbing to read.’

‘I enjoyed reading Ghost Moth, in fact I couldn’t put it down and read it in two sittings. I thought it was well written, with beautiful descriptive writing right from the first page.’

‘From the first chapter you can feel the tension and conflict, which slowly build towards the inevitable but tragic end. The writing is understated but powerful, subtly connecting with the reader’s emotions, while at the same time recognising their own experiences and imagination. A very well thought out novel, which is extremely well written.’

‘A well written book . . . It was very interesting to read about some of The Troubles in Ireland, especially to learn of the animosity shown to Katherine and her children – who were Catholics living amongst a majority of Protestant neighbours . . . I would look out for any future books by her.’

Michéle Forbes

Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Michéle Forbes is an award-winning theatre, television and film actress. She studied literature at Trinity College, Dublin and has worked as a literary reviewer for the Irish Times. Her short stories have received both the Bryan MacMahon and the Michael Mclaverty Awards. She lives near Dalkey, Dublin with her husband and two children. Ghost Moth is her first novel.