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Memoir

John McGahern

John McGahern’s astounding memoir of his childhood, his mother’s death, his father’s anger and violence, and the beginnings of the dream of becoming a writer, described by Hilary Mantel as ‘a glowing masterpiece.’

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Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571228119
Date Published
01.06.2006
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Summary

This is the story of John McGahern’s childhood, his mother’s death, his father’s anger and violence, and how, through his discovery of books, his dream of becoming a writer began.

At the heart of Memoir is a son’s unembarrassed tribute to his mother. His memory of walks with her through the narrow lanes to the country schools where she taught and his happiness as she named for him the wild flowers on the bank remained conscious and unconscious presences for the rest of his life.

A classic family story, told with exceptional restraint and tenderness, Memoir cannot fail to move all those who read it.

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Born in 1934, John McGahern was the eldest of seven children, raised on a farm in the West of Ireland. The son of a Garda sergeant who had served as an IRA volunteer in the Irish War of Independence, he was devastated by his mother’s death when he was nine. An outstanding student, McGahern studied at University College Dublin and…

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