Lee Dunne

Life
1934- ; [Christopher Lee Dunne] b. Dublin; became London taxi driver, working in the Dorchester while learning the city areas for examination; wrote his early fiction at the taxi stand; Goodbye to the Hill (London: Hutchinson 1965; Arrow Books 1966) made a successful play in 1978 and 1985 , Virgin Cabbies, etc.; also A Bed in the Sticks (1969); Does Your Mother (London: Arrow Books 1970); Paddy Maguire is Dead (1972); Midnight Cabbie (London: Cornet Books 1974); The Cabbie who Came in from the Cold (1975); Virgin Cabbies [q.d.]; The Cabfather (1975), last book banned in Ireland; Maggie’s Story (1975); Ringleader (1980); wrote Hell is Filling Up and The Corpse Wore White as Peter O’Neill [pseud.] for Olympia Press, neither banned in Ireland; has written 750 episodes of Harbour Hill; presented [his] own TV show; author of urban drama series, Konvenience Korner (RTE); issued No Time for Innocence (2000); Barleycorn Blues (2004); Dancers of Fortune (2005); Poolbeg issued a 40th anniversary edition of the much-banned Goodbye to the Hill in October 2005; Dunne lives Co. Wicklow. DIW DIL OCIL

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Works
Goodbye to the Hill (London: Hutchinson 1965; Arrow Books 1966), 192pp.; A Bed in the Sticks (London: Hutchinson 1968; Arrow Books 1969), 256pp.; Does Your Mother? (London: Arrow Books 1970), 192pp.; Paddy Maguire is Dead (Arrow Books 1972), 384pp.; Big Al (London: Futura Publ. 1975), 143pp.; The Day of the Cabbie (London: Futura Publ. 1975), 192pp.; Midnight Cabbie (London: Cornet Books 1974), 156pp.; The Cabbie who Came in from the Cold (London: Coronet Books 1975), 156pp.; Virgin Cabbies (London: Futura Publ. 1976), 188pp.; The Cabfather (London: Coronet Books 1975), 159pp.; Maggie’s Story (London: Futura Publ. 1975); Ringleader (glasgow: Molendinar Press 1980), 253pp.; No Time for Innocence (Dublin: Gill & Macmillan 2000), 226pp.; Barleycorn Blues (Dublin: Poolbeg Press 2004), 357pp.; issued Dancers of Fortune (Dublin: Poolbeg Press 2005), iii, 584pp.

As Peter O’Neill, Lover [The Traveller’s Companion Ser., No. 215] (Paris: Olympia 1966), 222pp.; also Hell is Filling Up and The Corpse Wore White.

Miscellaneous, Sober Thoughts on Alcoholism (Nat. Council on Alcoholism 1975), 12pp., port [on cover].

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Criticism
Interview Banned in Ireland, ed. Carlson (Georgia UP; London: Routledge 1990), pp.83-95.

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Notes
Vincent Smith, Dubliner, appeared 1,000 times as Harry Redmond, the central char. of Goodbye to the Hill (see interview with Smith, Sunday Independent, 11.2.1996), L10.

Censored: Lee Dunne’s trilogy Goodbye to the Hill, A Bed in the Sticks, and Paddy Maguire is Dead was banned in 1972. The trilogy centres on Paddy Maguire, a representative of the Dublin poor coping with economic underdvelopment and social exclusion.

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