Published Jun 2018
John McGahern, the leading Irish novelist of his generation, wrote a substantial number of compelling scripts for radio, television and stage.
This volume brings together six of his produced works, at the heart of which sits the previously unpublished The Rockingham Shoot, a dark and powerful play for television concerning a nationalist teacher whose attempt to prevent his pupils assisting at a pheasant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.
Like Heaney, or Patrick Kavanagh, or Raymond Carver, or Joyce, McGahern was able to take the stuff of ordinary lives and create of it the highest art.
One of the finest writers of the twentieth century.