Book Launch: The Mystery of Love by Andrew Meehan
Free for members
Thursday 6th February, 6.30pm-8pm
Outwith is delighted to host the Scottish launch of Andrew Meehan’s The Mystery of Love, published by Head of Zeus. Join us for a reading by Andrew Meehan, book signing, and revelry. (There will be wine.) All welcome. Free to attend.
About the novel
Constance Wilde’s marriage has ended. Oscar is in prison and she has fled to Italy with their children to escape London gossip and public disapproval. Here she reflects on her marriage to Oscar, the confusing difference between his private and public self, and whether she always knew that their marriage was founded on a different kind of love.
Despite her family’s warnings, her frustration with her impossible husband’s spending and drinking, his affairs and his prison sentence, Constance remains loyal and loving. Their story is told from Constance’s perspective, with Oscar’s interjections presented as footnotes.
In this witty and unsentimental reimagining, Meehan gives a voice to a woman often forgotten and explores the pain and frustration of living in the shadow of a complex man.
About the author
Andrew Meehan is a script writer and former Head of Development at the Irish Film Board. His fiction writing has been anthologised in Town and Country: The Faber Book of New Irish Stories and Winter Pages. His first novel One Star Awake was published in 2017. He is based in Dublin and Glasgow.