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Feather Silence: Poems by Ben Murnane – Now Available

Emotionally direct, with ‘the ordinariness/all hearts/demand’, these poems are fascinating documents in a remarkable journey of survival, testaments in every line to a brave, unbowed, enduring heart—anchored in the ordinary world, yet not afraid to dream.

       -        Eamon Grennan



Feather Silence is a deeply personal collection that charts the years after Ben Murnane was diagnosed with one of the rarest genetic diseases in the world, Fanconi anaemia: his many agonising days in hospital; those first nervous steps into the world of love; the joy and the pain of memories and the little details of life.


Written alongside Ben’s memoir Two in a Million, these poems shed new light on the remarkable story of illness, friendship and love told there. These are the thoughts that occupied a young man whose life was on the brink, and they read with insight and beauty.



Praise for Two in a Million:


‘riveting and beautifully written’ – Sunday Independent


‘fascinating and emotionally charged… peppered with humour and an almost unsettling level of honesty… This is a remarkable story of an erudite young man’s fight for life’ – Evening Echo, ****


‘inspiring… exceptionally moving’ – Ireland’s Own



Ben Murnane was born in 1984 and graduated from Trinity College in 2008. He has written for The Irish Times, the Irish Independent, the Sunday Independent, the Evening Herald, the Irish Daily Mail and RTÉ Radio. He is the author of the memoir Two in a Million and co-author with Katherine Farmar of the guidebook Dublin on a Shoestring.



Feather Silence published by A&A Farmar.


All copies bought here signed by the author – €5 + free postage. Usually dispatched within one working day.



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