Nov 16, 2022

Listen To The Land Speak
named Waterstones Irish Book Of The Year 2022

Manchán Magan’s

Listen To The Land Speak: A Journey Into The Wisdom Of What Lies Beneath Us (Gill Books) has been named the Waterstones Irish Book of the Year 2022.

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The award specifically champions books by authors based in the country, or those with a strong affinity with the setting with awards named for Ireland, Scotland and Wales.


Inspired by language, landscape and mythology, Manchán explores the insight and hidden wisdom native Irish culture offers to the people of Ireland and the world. It traces back traditional ancestry, uncovering myths that have defined the Irish identity.


Belle Edelman, bookseller at Waterstones Belfast, said the book is an “awe-inspiring exploration of our land and its unique and inextricable link to myth”.


Manchán added: “Waterstones was a wonderland of new ideas and stories for me growing up. So it’s such a thrill for Listen to the Land Speak to be chosen by them as their Irish Book of the Year. Their support is going to help spread this message about the potency and magic of the land far further than I could ever imagine.”


“A brilliant portrait of Ireland..an awe-inspiring exploration of our land and its unique and inextricable link to myth. Magan expertly weaves linguistics, archaeological fact and allegory to create a brilliant portrait of Ireland that will make you appreciate it all the more, and potentially even compelled go for a wander in the wilderness. A terrific storyteller”

Belle Edelman, bookseller at Waterstones Belfast

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