When quiet, music-loving priest Christopher Hegarty is ordained a bishop, he quickly gets into trouble not just with his church but also with some of the most powerful political and business people in Ireland. As public controversy grows and the stakes get higher and higher, Christopher is challenged in ways he has never been before. Set during Ireland’s economic boom, Bishop’s Move is a compelling and entertaining read that deals lightly with some of the major themes of the contemporary Irish world.

‘I have a beautiful house that I love. I’m rich. I’ve got friends whom I love. I’ve got so much. But it’s like trying to close your hands on water, on smoke. It slips through your fingers.’

‘What does?’

She looked at him for a moment, as if assessing the extent of his stupidity.

‘Everything,’ she said. ‘Everything.’


Colm Keena is public affairs correspondent with the Irish Times and the author of books on Gerry Adams, Bertie Ahern, the finances of the late Charles Haughey, and the Ansbacher Deposits. He won a Hennessy/Sunday Tribune Short Story Award in the early 1990s. This is his first novel.

“Incisively illuminating the high-octane glistening artifice of the Celtic Tiger and also the secretive cloisters of ecclesiastical intrigue, Bishop’s Move subtly brings us into the mind of an unobtrusive cleric, unexpectedly propelled into the public eye, who finds it impossible to shy away from the uncomfortable truths he uncovers, no matter what the consequences to his peaceful existence, his faith, his career and possibly even his life. It is an absorbing and intimate portrait of an inoffensive man who finds, to his own surprise, that he has become what Solzhenitsyn once termed ‘the one righteous person without whom no city can stand’.”
Dermot Bolger

"Compelling first novel"
Irish Independent

"Welcome fictional treatment of Irish public life"
Irish Times

"Highly recommended"
Dublin Duchess

"Brave and convincing"
The Tablet

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ISBN: 978 0 9573461 78
3 October 2013