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Four Letters of Love by Niall Williams
Published by Picador, 1997

Four Letters of Love is a stunning debut novel by an extraordinary writer. It deals with what we all experience on life's journey - family, joy, creativity, tragedy, love, death, happiness. This is a strong, solid, complex and at times heart breaking story, but what Niall Williams seems to do is sprinkle its characters with stardust and give this novel a magical quality, so that the words simply skip off the page and into your heart. He writes like a dream. His prose so beautiful to be almost lyrical. I loved every letter, every word, every space in between and each full stop that completed a sentence. This novel is a flawless literary diamond. A Triumph. A Masterpiece.

Reviewed by a member of Kilrush Library Book Club