What tragedy turned O'Neill's hotel from a plush establishment into a dingy house of disrepute? William Trevor sends Mrs Eckdorf to investigate.

A professional photographer comes to Dublin convinced that a tragic and beautiful tale lies behind the facade of a crumbling hotel. As Mrs Eckdorf investigates her wild theory, determined to uncover and photograph an imagined tragedy, the reader instead discovers a host of unique and vivid characters who frequent the hotel, as they reveal their real hopes, dreams and poignant disappointments to the elderly, deaf-mute owner.

The Booker Prize 1970
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Bodley Head
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William Trevor

William Trevor

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William Trevor was born in Mitchelstown, Ireland. He wrote many novels, and was a renowned writer of short stories.
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Love and Summer
The Story of Lucy Gault
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The Children of Dynmouth