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Written as fiction, this text is Patrick MacGill's autobiography. Starting with an account of his childhood in Ireland at the end of the 19th century, the story moves to Scotland where, tramp then gang-labourer then navvy, Dermond Flynn (as he sometimes calls himself) discovers himself as a writer.
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Splendid ... a superb account of its times... Children of Dead End blazes with a passionate sincerity. --Irish Times
Its freshness and force is the mark of true literature the structure is perfect. Heartily recommended. --Irish Press
MacGill writes with great power, clarity, passion and humour. --The Guardian
Patrick MacGill was born in Glenties, Co. Donegal and was a prolific journalist, poet and novelist. During World War I he fought with the London Irish Rifles and was later recruited by MI7. MacGill died in 1963. An annual literary MacGill Summer School is held in Glenties in mid July each year in his honour.
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