NPR logo

'Lost' Cameo Leads to Revival of Obscure Book

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/5427906/5427907" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
'Lost' Cameo Leads to Revival of Obscure Book

Pop Culture

'Lost' Cameo Leads to Revival of Obscure Book

'Lost' Cameo Leads to Revival of Obscure Book

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/5427906/5427907" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

The book's cover appeared onscreen for little more than one second, but that cameo appearence has led to a new appreciation of Flann O'Brien's work. ABC hide caption

toggle caption ABC

The book's cover appeared onscreen for little more than one second, but that cameo appearence has led to a new appreciation of Flann O'Brien's work.

ABC

Jim Ruland explains how an obscure Irish novel called The Third Policeman recently earned some new fans after the book made a very brief appearance on the hit ABC drama Lost.

The book's cover appeared in a scene in a darkened room for about one second — but it was enough. The book's publisher, the Dalkey Archive, is dedicated to the preservation of obscure books it deems worthy. Now thousands of copies of the book, originally published in 1967, have been sold through the Internet.

Books Featured In This Story

The Third Policeman

by Flann O'Brien

Paperback, 200 pages |

purchase

Buy Featured Book

Title
The Third Policeman
Author
Flann O'Brien

Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How?

We no longer support commenting on NPR.org stories, but you can find us every day on Facebook, Twitter, email, and many other platforms. Learn more or contact us.