Glenstal monk’s book is best-seller

Mark Patrick Hederman’s latest book, in which he explores the search for a new ethics for Ireland, has entered the bestsellers list just weeks after publication.

The Opal and the Pearl examines sexuality in the lives and writings of James Joyce, Iris Murdoch and W.B. Yeats.

Published by Columba Press, the book by the former abbot of the Benedictine monastery in Co. Limerick takes up the call of President Michael D. Higgins to dialogue about the role of ethics in modern Ireland.

At the weekend, the book entered the prestigious top ten bestsellers list compiled by Irish bookshops.

Dom Hederman is the author of several books, including The Haunted Inkwell, Walkabout and Underground Cathedrals.