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In her first appearance at Cúirt since 2010, literary powerhouse Anne Enright returns with her latest novel, Actress. A moving and finely written novel, Actress brilliantly captures the glamour of post-war America and the shabbiness of 1970s Dublin and explores themes of fame, sexual power and the secrets that bind a family together. A scintillating examination of the corrosive nature of celebrity, it is also a sad and triumphant tale of freedom from bad love, and from the avid gaze of the crowd.

A Dublin native, Anne Enright has published widely, with six novels, two short story collections and one book of non-fiction to her name. She is perhaps best known for her expansive Man Booker Prize winning novel, The Gathering (2007) and The Green Road (2015), which won the Bord Gáis Energy Novel of the Year Award, though all her work bears revisiting. In 2015 she was appointed as the first Laureate for Irish Fiction, and in 2018 she received the Irish PEN Award for Outstanding Contribution to Irish Literature.

Image Credit: Anne Enright – Hugh Chaloner