Gráinne Murphy: Winter People

Winter People

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Monday 10 July 2023

11:30 am


Bantry Bookshop

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Gráinne Murphy’s novel Winter People is a story of forgiveness, resilience, and the power of the sea to unlock what we are most afraid to say. It is set on the wild Atlantic coast of Ireland and through the lives of three strangers it seeks to answer one question: who are we without the people who love us?

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Sis Cotter has lived her whole life in a small house by her beloved beach. Here, she grew up, reared her family, and buried her husband. Now her children are far away and, in three days, her house will be taken from her. Next door, Lydia has withdrawn from her husband, her friends, her life. She watches the sea as her own private penance for a wrong she can never put right. Peter’s best friend is dying, and his long-time foster mother is slowly forgetting who he is. Adrift without his two anchors, and struggling with the ethics of displacing people for a living, he looks for something to remind him of who he is and who he wants to be.


‘Winter People is a beautifully written novel about three vulnerable, endearing characters whose lives intertwine in the bleak, alluring winter of West Cork. There is a gentleness and depth here that is engrossing. Anne Griffin

Gráinne Murphy has crafted a stunning and profoundly moving piece of work, one that deserves a broad and enthusiastic readership. It’s a book that won’t be easily forgotten.’ Billy O’Callaghan



Gráinne Murphy

Gráinne Murphy grew up in rural west Cork, Ireland. At university she studied Applied Psychology and forensic research. In 2011 she moved with her family to Brussels for 5 years....

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