JP Donleavy’s life was as convivial as his books

Like his book The Ginger Man, JP Donleavy was irrepressible, and seemed deathless

17th September, 2017
J. P. Donleavy: the American Irish writer seemed as if he would live forever Picture: Kim Naughton

Every Irish family with a strong interest in literature should possess a well-thumbed copy of The Ginger Man by JP Donleavy. To read the novel is a rite of passage; it is as integral to understanding Irish literature as knocking heads with Joyce, Beckett and McGahern.

Funny, filthy, highly visual and propulsive, more than 45 million copies have been sold of The Ginger Man, which was published by a French publishing house in 1955, was...

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