Irish novelist, short‐story writer, and playwright, born in Dublin but brought up in Liverpool. He went to sea at the age of 14 and his subsequent experiences were often incorporated into his fiction, including Boy (1931). He made a name, and gained some notoriety, as an uncompromising realist. The lives of the Dublin poor were portrayed in The Furys (1935), Secret Journey (1936), and Our Time is Gone (1940). His other novels include Captain Bottell (1933), Quartermaster Clausen (1934), Hollow Sea (1938), The Closed Harbour (1952), and A Woman in the Sky (1973). His short stories can be found in Men in Darkness (1931), People Are Curious (1938), and A Walk in the Wilderness (1950). A volume of autobiography, Broken Water, was published in 1937.