‘A Fly Never Lit’ is the third of a trilogy of memoirs by author PJ Cunningham about rural life in a rapidly disappearing Ireland. The newest collection centres specifically on rural life in Ireland from the 1960s and 1970s.
It follows on from ‘The Lie Of The Land’, which was published (2013) and ‘The Long Acre’ (2014), which was shortlisted for the Bord Gais Energy Irish book of the Year last year.
‘A Fly Never Lit’ examines the characters and events of a changing Ireland of that time. It is written in stages from the perception of a silent eye-witness as he grows from being a very young observer into manhood carefully watching and listening to the flow of ‘ordinary plenty’ in the daily life of rural Ireland.