when the hawthorn foams into streams of blossom

Irish writer John McGahern featured heavily in the Radio3 Twenty Minutes programme recently on The Committee On Evil Literature.. understandably.. and, as Sinéad pointed out, he is due to appear on RTÉ’s Rattlebag on 1st September. His new book Memoir hasn’t fallen foul of the censor.. and, today, there’s an extract in The Irish Times[subs req].. with an alternative extract in The Guardian Review [no subs req]

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