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Paul Murray – ‘The Bee Sting’ Book Tour

The acclaimed Irish writer brings his Booker-nominated novel to German audiences

17 March - 22 March

North Rhine-Westphalia

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Photo: Chris Maddaloni

Photo: Chris Maddaloni

Booker-nominated Irish writer Paul Murray undertakes a multi-city book tour through Germany in support of his acclaimed novel ‘The Bee Sting’, described  in the press as a “tragicomic triumph”.

“The Bee Sting” is about the Barnes family, who are in various difficulties: Dickie Barnes’ lucrative car business is no longer running, but instead of facing up to the problem, he starts building a bunker in the woods. His wife Imelda, who sells her jewellery on eBay, finds the advances of Big Mike, the rich cattle farmer, increasingly attractive. Eighteen-year-old Cass, who has always been top of her class, reacts to the decline by deciding to get drunk every day until she graduates, while twelve-year-old PJ concocts a plan to run away from home.

“Paul Murray is my favourite Irish author. ‘The Sting of the Bee’ confirms all his talents.”  – Gary Shteyngart


17.03.2024 lit.COLOGNE, Köln-Ehrenfeld
18.03.2024 Buchladen im Ostertor, Bremen
19.03.2024 Literaturhaus Hamburg
20.03.2024 Literaturhaus München
22.03.2024 taz Studio, Buchmesse Leipzig
23.03.2024 Café Grundmann, Leipzig

Paul Murray, born in Dublin in 1975, studied English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, after which he worked as a bookseller. He is the author of “An Evening of Long Goodbyes”, “Skippy Dies” and “The Mark and the Void”. His novels have received critical acclaim and many awards. Murray lives with his family in Dublin, Ireland.


Ehrenfeldgürtel 88-94
50823 Köln-Ehrenfeld

Buchladen im Ostertor
Fehrfeld 60
28203 Bremen

Literaturhaus Hamburg
Schwanenwik 38
22087 Hamburg

Literaturhaus München
Salvatorplatz 1
80333 München

Leipziger Buchmesse
Messe-Allee 1
04356 Leipzig

Café Grundmann
August-Bebel-Str. 2
04275 Leipzig

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