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All Down Darkness Wide | By Séan Hewitt

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  • All Down Darkness Wide
  • Pages: 208
  • Format: Hardback
  • Author: Seán Hewitt
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape
  • Publication date: 14 July 2022
  • Category: Memoirs
  • Size: 222 x 144 x 25
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All Down Darkness Wide by Seán Hewitt


A luminous and haunting memoir from the prize-winning poet - a story of love, heartbreak and coming of age, and a fearless exploration of queer identity and trauma.

When Seán meets Elias, the two fall headlong into a love story. But as Elias struggles with severe depression, the couple comes face-to-face with crisis. Wrestling with this, Seán Hewitt delves deep into his own history, enlisting the ghosts of queer figures and poets before him. From a nineteenth-century cemetery in Liverpool to the pine forests of Gothenburg, Hewitt plumbs the darkness in search of solace and hope.

All Down Darkness Wide is an unflinching meditation on the burden of living in a world that too often sets happiness and queer life at odds, and a tender portrayal of what it's like to be caught in the undertow of a loved one's suffering. By turns devastating and soaring, it is a mesmerising story of heartache and renewal, and a work of rare and transcendent beauty.


'A remarkable memoir of love and sorrow' Observer

'A stunning meditation on love and heartbreak, this feels like an essential work of the new Irish queer canon' Sunday Times 

'Seán Hewitt's book is a beautiful, complex and textured meditation on love, on growing up gay, on becoming a poet and on inhabiting Northern landscapes in winter. His account of falling in love and being in love is honest and vivid...' Colm Tóibín, author of The Magician

About the Author

Seán Hewitt was born in 1990. His debut collection of poetry, Tongues of Fire, was published by Jonathan Cape in 2020. He is a book critic for The Irish Times and teaches Modern British & Irish Literature at Trinity College Dublin.

Tongues of Fire won The Laurel Prize in 2021, and was shortlisted for The Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award, the John Pollard Foundation International Poetry Prize, and a Dalkey Literary Award. In 2020, he was chosen by The Sunday Times as one of their "30 under 30" artists in Ireland.

He is also the winner of a Northern Writers' Award, the Resurgence Prize, and an Eric Gregory Award. His book J.M. Synge: Nature, Politics, Modernism is published with Oxford University Press (2021). His memoir, All Down Darkness Wide (2022), is published by Jonathan Cape in the UK and Penguin Press in the USA.


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