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The Interview

The Interview


A beautiful new novel about Eileen Grey, Bruce Chatwin and a moment in time when they connected.

Paris 1972. Eileen Gray, Irish designer and architect now in her 90s, is the reluctant darling of the international media, second time around. After years of living in reclusive oblivion the record breaking price paid for her Destiny screen in the Doucet sale has her back in the news.

Bruce Chatwin, young, rising star of Fleet Street, spends two hours closeted with her in her apartment. Why wasn’t the interview published? What happened between Eileen Gray and Bruce Chatwin that afternoon? In this brilliant new novel, Patricia O’Reilly explores that event and imagines what happened between the two.


‘a brilliantly evocative novel…a daring act of literary ventriloquism…O’Reilly’s novel is about how our lives can be changed by even the shortest encounter, when we meet someone who shows us our future path.’ – Irish Mail on Sunday

‘vibrant and compelling…fascinating and well rendered…A portrait of a passionate and diligent woman emerges.’ – The Irish Times

‘… an elegant book, atmospheric and engaging’ – Sunday Independent

‘…Gray’s beguiling voice dominates the novel…a fictional but convincing account…’  – Historical Novel Review, Gordon O’Sullivan

About the Author
Writing is in Patricia O’Reilly’s blood. When she was a child she dreamed of having a book for sale in a bookshop with her name on its cover. And like the best of dreams, it came to pass. In her time as well as fiction and non fiction books she has written acres of newspaper and magazine features; radio plays and documentaries; scores of Sunday Miscellany pieces; and dozens of short stories. Read more at her website here.


Patricia O’Reilly


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Weight .250 g
Dimensions 198 × 20 × 129 mm


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