The Dark by John McGahern is the great Irish writer's second novel, set in rural Ireland and dealing with adolescence and the powerful but ambiguous relationship between son and widower father.
John McGahern was born in Dublin in 1934 and brought up in the West
of Ireland. He is a graduate of University College, Dublin. He has
worked as a Primary School teacher and has held various academic
posts at universities in Britain, Ireland and America.
In the opinion of the Observer, John McGahern is 'Ireland's greatest living novelist'. He is the author of six highly acclaimed novels and four collections of short stories, and has been the recipient of numerous awards and honours, including a Society of Authors Travelling Scholarship and the American-Irish Award. Amongst Women,which has won both the GPA and the Irish Times Award, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and made into a four-part BBC television series. His work has appeared in anthologies and has been translated into many languages.
John McGahern lives in County Leitrim, Ireland.