John McGahern: the letters

When his novel was banned by the Irish state, John McGahern received support from fellow artists, but preferred to walk away from his detractors. He was later recognised as one of this country’s most important authors

19th September, 2021
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John McGahern pictured In Paris in 1989: The writer's allegiance is to the novel. The writer’s only responsibility is to get his words right . Picture: Ulf Andersen/Getty

The publication this month of a collection of letters by John McGahern, the author of novels including Amongst Women and That They May Face the Rising Sun, offers a precious insight into the life and views of the late Irish writer, recognised as one of the most important authors of the latter half of the 20th century.

Today, the Business Post Magazine publishes a selection of letters from the new book that were penned around...

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