After his mother died, Joh McGahern came to live in the barracks with his father, his sisters and brother. It was the 1940s. It was here that a love of reading grew that developed into a love of imagining that led to him becoming one of Irelands finest writers. 'Everything interesting,' he said, 'begins with one person and one place.'
This booklet, deftly compiled by Tom Inglis, provides a helpful ad informative summary of John McGahern's life and work. It foregrounds the writers unique ability to capture the landscape and people of his native Roscommon and Leitrim. it also traces the various stages in his youth, adolescence and adulthood that marked him as a man and writer, along with the local rituals and customs that he immortalised. The strong visual dimension of the writer is reinforced y the wonderful images.