(1927–1989), novelist; born and educated in Athlone, where he ran the substantial family bakery. From The Pilgrimage (1961) he wrote a series of Balzacian studies of depressing life in the Irish midlands. In the first Julia Glynn has love affairs with the family doctor and then with a house-servant while living with a crippled husband. The Waking of Willie Ryan (1965) concerns a homosexual who has been committed to an institution by his family in connivance with a priest. Other works include: The Fugitives (1962), An Apology for Roses (1973), and London Irish (1979). The Trial of Father Dillingham (1975) is set in Dublin, and concerns a group of migrants from the midlands whose urbanity is tested by the death of one of them. The Flood (1991) involves an attempt to sell water-logged land to an unsuspecting Englishman.
From The Concise Oxford Companion to Irish Literature in Oxford Reference.