Danielle McLaughlin: The Art of Falling

Danielle McLaughlin: The Art of Falling

  Thursday 21 January 2021

The Art of Falling is a beautifully written family drama about betrayal, ownership and creativity. This is the debut novel from the author of acclaimed short story collection Dinosaurs on Other Planets. Danielle McLaughlin was the 2019 Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award Winner.


Nessa McCormack’s marriage is coming back together again after her husband’s affair. She is excited to be in charge of a retrospective art exhibit for one of Ireland’s most beloved and enigmatic artists, the late sculptor Robert Locke. But the arrival of two outsiders imperils both her personal and professional worlds: a chance encounter with an old friend threatens to expose a betrayal Nessa thought she had long put behind her, and at work, an odd woman comes forward claiming to be the true creator of Robert Locke’s most famous work, The Chalk Sculpture.


As Nessa finds the past intruding on the present, she must decide whether she can continue to live a lie – or whether she’s ready to face the consequences once everything is out in the open. In this gripping debut, Danielle McLaughlin reveals profound truths about love, power, and the secrets that rule us.

Credit: Claire O'Rorke

Danielle McLaughlin: The Art of Falling Book Launch

4 February 20217:00 pm
Arts Council - funding literature
Fáilte Ireland
Wild Atlantic Way
CCC Library & Arts Service
Cork County Council
Pure Cork
Creative Places West Cork Islands
RTÉ Supporting The Arts
Maritime Hotel