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Nov 24, 2020

wins RTÉ Radio 1 Listeners’ Choice Award

Keelin Shanley's A Light That Never Goes Out

Keelin Shanley ‘A Light That Never Goes Out’, published by Gill, has been named as winner of the RTÉ Radio 1 Listeners’ Choice Award at the An Post Irish Book Awards 2020

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Marianne was honoured to represent this memoir by Keelin, whom she very much admired.

When Keelin passed away in February, aged 51, it was hard to grasp that someone so filled with life was gone. But a light so bright never really goes out, especially since in her last few months Keelin left behind this remarkable record of her life – a life cut short but lived to the fullest.

Charting the twists and turns of both a career as an investigative journalist and a lengthy battle with cancer, A Light That Never Goes Out reveals with real honesty what it’s like to keep living your life whilst dealing with the challenges of cancer treatment.

Completed posthumously by Keelin’s husband Conor, A Light That Never Goes Out is a remarkable story of courage and resilience and a memorable reflection on how to live well, no matter what you’re facing.

‘Keelin's compelling story is as powerful as the woman she was.’- Liz Nugent

‘This is such a beautiful book. It’s oddly uplifting to read, even though at times I was jack-knived with sorrow. Keelin was the most remarkable person - her positivity, her grace, her gratitude for her life would recalibrate anyone's attitude. A life-affirming read that will make every reader grateful for the people they love.’ -Marian Keyes

‘A stunning memoir – courageous, searingly honest, moving, funny, an incredible life story beautifully told.’ -Miriam O’Callaghan

‘A beautiful love story, a behind-the-scenes career exposition and a candid telling of what it is like to live with, and die from, cancer. Heartbreakingly honest and heartachingly inspirational.’ -Caitríona Perry, RTÉ Six One News Co-Presenter and Author

‘I found myself moved again and again by how simply and truthfully Keelin talks about the experience of dying and I am in awe of the immense courage she showed in her final months.  A book which might have been bleak instead breathes with love – for her work, her colleagues, her friends and above all, her family.’ -Lenny Abrahamson, Director Normal People, Room

‘A memoir that weaves the heart-breaking story of Keelin’s terminal illness with joyous, insightful and frequently funny accounts from her life and career. A testament to the ultimate triumph of her unconquerable spirit.’ -Bryan Dobson

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