McGahern, John

John McGahern

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John McGahern was born in Dublin in 1934, but moved to Leitrim as a child.

His novels are The Barracks (London, Faber & Faber, 1963); The Dark (Faber & Faber, 1965); The Leavetaking (Faber & Faber, 1975) The Pornographer (Faber & Faber, 1980), Amongst Women (Faber & Faber, 1990); and That They May Face The Rising Sun (Faber & Faber, 2001).

His short story collections are Nightlines (Faber & Faber, 1970); and High Ground (Faber & Faber, 1985). They were collected as The Collected Stories (Faber & Faber, 1992). He has written plays for radio, including Sinclair (1971); and for television, including Swallows (1975), and The Rockingham Shoot (1987). His stage play, The Power of Darkness, was produced by The Abbey Theatre (Dublin, 1991).

He wrote plays for radio, including Sinclair (1971); and for television, including Swallows (1975), and The Rockingham Shoot (1987). His stage play is The Power of Darkness (Dublin, The Abbey Theatre 1991).

His short story Korea was filmed by Cathal Black in 1994 and Amongst Women was filmed as a TV mini-series in 1998,

His last book was Memoir (Faber & Faber, 2005).

He received many awards, including the Æ Award(1962); the Macaulay Fellowship (1964); The Arts Council of Great Britain Awards (1966, 68,71,78); the Society of Authors Travelling Fellowship (1975); The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Éalaíon Award (1980); The Irish American Foundation Award (1985); Chevalier d’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (1989); The Irish Times/Aer Lingus Literary Award (1990); the Hughes & Hughes Award (1980); the GPA Award (1992); and the Prix Étranger Ecureuil (1994). He was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1990 for Amongst Women.

He was a member of Aosdána, and died in Leitrim on March 30th, 2006.


John McGahern at the Centre for Irish Studies, NUIG
John McGahern at Faber & Faber
Interview by Roger McCrum in The Observer
John McGahern at The National Library of Ireland


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  1. CC says:

    John was a beautiful writer. I know a first time novelist who also writes with such beauty but alas can’t get beyond a slush pile! Sad times for literature, how will another John ever be discovered.