1929- ; b. Co. Wexford, in a small farming community; B.A. in English
and Irish literature from University College Galway, 1952; lives Clonakilty,
Co. Cork, where he has worked as a teacher; Honour Thy Father (1970),
follows Wexford boys passage to manhood and relationship with drinking
father]; The Charnel House (1990) is set in Irish TB sanatorium
of the 1950s; The Fish in the Stone (1994), chronicles Mary Ennis
in shadow of parents loveless marriage in small-town Ireland; taboos of
silence and ignorance surrounding incest. DIL
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Honour Thy Father (Dublin: Allen Figgis 1970), Do. (Belfast:
Blackstaff 1990), rep. as The Clay Grew Tall (NY: Herder &
Herder 1972), 245pp.; The Charnel House (Belfast: Blackstaff 1990); The Fish in the Stone (Belfast: Blackstaff 1994), 240pp.
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D. J. Taylor, Heading for the Troubles,
review of The Fish in the Stone, in Sunday Times (1 May
1994), [q.p.]; finds it a story of incest, scarred by a loveless
marriage and captivated by the bucolic frenzies of his youth, an emotionally
damaged shopkeeper becomes obsessed with his teenage daughter ... relationship
convincingly outlined, a succession of tiny steps instinctively taken,
probable consequences cancelled out by naiveté and psychosis ...
conclusion - a tumult of violence and implausibility - overdone but there
is a great deal of shrewd observation and delicate writing along the way.