The Rockingham Shoot and Other Dramatic Writings

John McGahern

This welcome volume brings together a selection powerful dramatic writings by one of Ireland’s greatest writers.

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Sinclair; The Sisters; Swallows; The Rockingham Shoot; The Power of Darkness

John McGahern, the leading Irish novelist of his generation, wrote a substantial number of compelling scripts for radio and television. This volume brings together five of his produced works, at the heart of which sits the previously unpublished The Rockingham Shoot, a dark and powerful play for television that concerns a Nationalist teacher whose attempt to prevent his pupils beating at a pheasant shoot held in honour of the British Ambassador leads to a shockingly violent incident. Collectively, these dramatic works offer an evocative and often stark account of a deeply troubled and divided nation.

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Like Heaney, or Patrick Kavanagh, or Raymond Carver, or Joyce, he was able to take the stuff of ordinary lives and create of it the highest art. This is why his books were so frequently best-sellers in his native Ireland. His work spoke to readers about their own lives; its silences were also ours.

Joseph O'Connor, Independent
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Arguably the most important Irish novelist since Samuel Beckett.

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One of the finest writers of the twentieth century.

Hermione Lee, TLS

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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