Author Breda Joy will recreate the magic of the first moon landing at a

reading of her novel ‘Eat the Moon’ at Killarney Library on

Thursday, November 22, at 6.30pm.

The giant steps of 1969s Apollo 11 moon landing echo throughout the

new novel in which a rural Irish family is shattered by a blind act of


The novel examines a voyage away from the familiar for one family

caught up in the reflected magic of the space race, and traces their

journey back from the dark side of the moon.

“From my own point of view, I love to hear authors reading from their

work,” Breda said.

“It really brings a novel alive to hear the story unfold in the writer’s own voice. That’s why I’m looking forward to the reading in Killarney Library.

“I hope it will bring the magic of my characters and the

world they live in to life.”

She added that she’s also going to talk about the process of writing the book and topics like where she gets her ideas and inspiration.

“This should be of interest to writers and book club members.”

The journal ‘Books Ireland’, has included ‘Eat the Moon’ on its list

of recommended books for Christmas.

“I just love the language in this book,” reviewer Dave Lordan said on

RTE’s Arena.

“This is an unsentimental book. It’s also an uncynical book which is quite unusual and unfashionable, and fair play to her for

that. Really enjoyed it, really recommend it.”

Published by Poolbeg Press, ‘Eat the Moon’ sells at €14.99.

Killarney Advertiser is giving away two copies of Breda’s book.

To win a copy just answer the following question: What number was that Apollo mission?

You can enter by filling out your details in the competition form or go to our Facebook page: Killarney Advertiser – like the page, share the post, give your answer, and tag three friends. Closing date is Friday November 23.