in the seaside towns of Ireland, within the tiled Victorian
walls of Kensal Rise Baths, in Dublin on the day de Valera
is buried, rites of passage are enacted -the end of childhood,
the moment of death, the end of an affair. A collection
of short stories first published in1976.
in 1976 by the Irish Writers' Co-operative, Dublin.
in 1989 by The Hogarth Press.
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the story of the past towards his own birth, a man searches
for the truth about his parentage. His grandmother was
a flamboyantly bad actress at the Abbey Theatre married
to a Free State hero and their beautiful daughter a model
and actress. Through the reminiscences of his mother's
friend, the pieces of the past begin to fit together into
a delicate mosaic of the truth.
published in Great Britian by Jonathan Cape Ltd. 1980.
published in 1982 by Sphere Books Ltd.
always the man leaves his suburban house every morning
for the city, walking past the hissing lawn-sprinklers
to the station where people wait for trains that hardly
ever come. In his office he works on a drawing for a campaign
to advertise the scent of musk, whose animal attraction
is peculiarly appropriate to the relationship developing
between himself and the woman who has given him the commission.
They meet and couple at the zoo, where escaping animals
rustle and chatter in the undergrowth. Back home the man's
loved ones regard him with mingled pain and unease as
his appearance and behaviour degenerate to the point where
he must be restrained.
flimsy doors of locked suburban bedrooms are not made
for the caging of beasts. Out there in those decaying
streets, a destiny is calling. In a phantasmagoria of
frightening apocalyptic intensity, as the storm finally
breaks over the city and indeed the world, the beast achieves
an apotheosis that is both awesome and heartrendering.
in 1983 by Chatto & Windus.
in Spain during the Spanish Civil War, awaiting execution,
Donal Gore is sustained by memories of setting fishing
lines on the beach with his father, back home in Ireland.
Gradually, with his memories, the events that brought
him there emerge, the personal and political betrayals
which are his heritage-and it seems, his destiny. Released
from the Spanish prison by a German officer, who expects
political intelligence in return, Donal goes home to the
house on the rainswept promenade in Bray - to find his
once powerful and political father dramatically changed.
of the novel explores the hopeless inability of these
two men to express their feelings for one another - until
the father is literally beyond language. And at the same
time it centres on the poignant, fumbling triangular relationship
between father, son and Rose, the beautiful young stepmother.
Political deception follows on personal as Donal is drawn
into the lunatic world of wartime politics in the Irish
in 1994 by Chatto & Windus.
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