A Ladder to the Sky

“From the moment I accepted the invitation, I was nervous about returning to Germany.”

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A Ladder to the Sky

Shortlisted for Irish Book Awards: Novel of the Year

Shortlisted: Irish Book Awards: RTE Listeners’ Choice Book of the Year

Shortlisted: Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award

Longlisted: Dublin International Literary Award

You’ve heard the old proverb about ambition, that it’s like setting a ladder to the sky. It can lead to a long and painful fall.

If you look hard enough, you will find stories pretty much anywhere. They don’t even have to be your own. Or so would-be-novelist Maurice Swift decides early on in his career.

A chance encounter in a Berlin hotel with celebrated author Erich Ackerman gives Maurice an opportunity. For Erich is lonely, and he has a story to tell; whether or not he should is another matter.

Once Maurice has made his name, he finds himself in need of a fresh idea. He doesn’t care where he finds it, as long as it helps him rise to the top. Stories will make him famous, but they will also make him beg, borrow and steal. They may even make him do worse.

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