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The Last Good Funeral Of The Year | Hardback | By Ed O'loughlin

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  • The Last Good Funeral of the Year
  • Pages: 208
  • Format: Paperback
  • Author: Ed O'Loughlin
  • Publisher: Quercus Publishing
  • Publication date: 03 Mar 2022
  • Category: Memoirs / Sociology: Death & Dying
  • Size: 22 x 14 x 2.6 cm
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The Last Good Funeral of the Year by Ed O'Loughlin


Soon, the lockdown would start. People would die alone, without any proper ceremony. Charlotte's death would be washed away, the first drop in a downpour. Nobody knew it then but hers would be the last good funeral of the year.

It was February 2020, when Ed O'Loughlin heard that Charlotte, a woman he'd known had died, young and before her time. He realised that he was being led to reappraise his life, his family and his career as a foreign correspondent and acclaimed novelist in a new, colder light.

He was suddenly faced with facts that he had been ignoring, that he was getting old, that he wasn't what he used to be, that his imagination, always over-active, had at some point reversed its direction, switching production from dreams to regrets. He saw he was mourning his former self, not Charlotte. The search for meaning becomes the driving theme of O'Loughlin's year of confinement.

He remembers his brother Simon, a suicide at thirty; the journalists and photographers with whom he covered wars in Africa, the Middle East, the Balkans, wars that are hard to explain and never really stopped; his habit of shedding baggage, an excuse for hurrying past and not dwelling on things.

Moving, funny, and searingly honest, The Last Good Funeral of the Year takes the reader on a circular journey from present to past and back to the present: 'Could any true story end any other way?'


'Ed O'Loughlin has given us a powerful and unusual memoir. At times heartbreaking and often laugh-aloud funny, The Last Good Funeral is set to be among the very best of books for 2022.' Christine Dwyer Hickey

'Ed O'Loughlin is a natural storyteller, a good one, and he invites the reader right alongside in his honest search for meaning through reminiscence, memory and adventure. With precision and expertise, he probes past and present chapters of his life, all the while imparting his own brand of wisdom and humour.' Frances Itani, author of Deafening

'The past is a revenant that haunts the present in this exquisite and startling memoir by Ed O'Loughlin.' Emily Urquhart

'The Last Good Funeral of the Year is intelligent, funny, profound, painfully honest, beautifully written, and powerfully moving. Ed O'Loughlin is a writer who does brilliantly everything he turns his hand to; it's no surprise to find that his memoir is so unforgettably good.' Kevin Power, author of White City

About the Author

Ed O'Loughlin was born in Toronto and brought up in County Kildare in rural Ireland. He reported from Africa for The Irish Times and other newspapers, and was Middle East correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age of Melbourne. His first novel, Not Untrue and Not Unkind, was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize in 2009 and short-listed for the Kerry Irish Fiction Award in 2010. His critically-acclaimed second novel, Toploader, a satire on drone attacks and the war against terror, was published by Quercus Books in April 2011. Minds of Winter, an epic mystery set in the heroic age of polar exploration, appeared in September 2016. It was a finalist for the Giller Prize and was long-listed for the Sir Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction. His fourth novel, This Eden, an espionage adventure about technology and money, was published in June 2021.


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