The Shortest Day

The Shortest Day

In Ireland, a man of reason is drawn to a true mystery older than the Pyramids and Stonehenge in this enthralling story about ethereal secrets by New York Times bestselling author Colm Tóibín.

During the winter solstice, on the shortest day and longest night of the year, the ancient burial chamber at Newgrange is empowered. Its mystifying source is a haunting tale told by locals.

Professor O’Kelly believes an archaeologist’s job is to make known only what can be proved. He is undeterred by ghost stories, idle speculation, and caution. Much to the chagrin of the living souls in County Meath. As well as those entombed in the sacred darkness of Newgrange itself. They’re determined to protect the secret of the light, guarded for more than five thousand years. And they know O’Kelly is coming for it.

Title:The Shortest Day
Edition Language:English
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  • Paromjit

    This is a wonderfully atmospheric short story from Colm Toibin set in Ireland, featuring a man of reason and logic, who puts his faith in facts and evidence, entertaining no speculations or fantasies,...

  • Amalia Gkavea

    ‘’Thus, it was the strangeness of the night sky and the seasons that they loved and missed, the strangeness of fire and water, the strangeness they noted in each other.’’ It is Christmas an...

  • Beata

    A superbly written novella set during the Winter Solstice at Newgrange, an archeological jewel in Ireland. I loved the way the past and the present interconnect and are bound by the secrets. Another g...

  • Jaidee

    4 "science meets spirit" stars !Thank you to Netgalley, the author and Amazon Original stories for an e-copy of this short story in exchange for my honest review. The publication date is November 2020...

  • Richard Derus

    Real Rating: 4.75* of fiveThe Yule Solstice, a time of great power in Neolithic societies (if the number of archaeological sites with demonstrable connections to the Sun's position on that date is any...

  • Cheri

    Set in Ireland, this short story centers around the secrets, and mysterious stories associated with Newgrange, an ancient World Heritage Site built during the Stone Age, as well as a man from Cork, Pr...

  • Linda

    The Shortest Day......and in the scheme of things, aren't they all?Colm Toibin's short story takes us from the presence of an Irish mist in County Meath back through time to 3200 BC. As an archaeologi...

  • PattyMacDotComma

    3.5★“What fascinated him most, however, was the method of building. Someone among them knew about stress and weight. Nothing here was random or primitive or wild.”Professor O’Kelly has finally...

  • Barbara

    Confession: I’m not a big fan of short stories. It’s not that I’ve never read a short story I’ve enjoyed, but I haven’t taken the time to determine which qualities the stories I like have in...

  • Marianne

    “It was the winter secret of those who had lived thousands of years before. They must have loved the sun, or trusted it. They lured it down this corridor as though they were pulling it into the cham...