The Leavetaking

John McGahern

A haunting novel by ‘one of the greatest writers of our era’ (Hilary Mantel) and ‘the Irish novelist everyone should read’ (Colm Tóibín).

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Format
Ebook
ISBN
9780571250202
Date Published
05.11.2009
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Summary

A haunting novel by ‘one of the greatest writers of our era’ (Hilary Mantel) and ‘the Irish novelist everyone should read’ (Colm Tóibín).

A day, crucial and cathartic, in the life of a young Catholic schoolteacher who has returned to Ireland after a year’s sabbatical in London where he married an American divorcee. As a result he now faces certain dismissal by the school authorities. Moving from the earliest memories of both the man and the woman, the novel recreates their breaking of the shackles of guilt and duty into the acceptance of a fulfilling adult love.

‘A beautiful, irresistible work of imagination. Sunday Telegraph
‘Wise and compelling … Elegiac and graceful.’ David Mitchell
‘I have admired, even loved, John McGahern’s work since his first novel.’ Melvyn Bragg

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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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