A powerful novel of life in a small island community.
Peadar O'Donnell was born in Meenamore, Donegal in 1893 and trained as a teacher at St Patrick's College, Dublin. In 1918 he joined the staff of the ITGWU in Dublin and with the outbreak of the War of Independence he joined the IRA and quickly rose through the ranks. He took the republican side in the Civil War and was in the Dublin Four Courts with Liam Mellows and fellow republicans when they were attacked by the Free State Army. He escaped from Harepark Internment Camp, Kildare in March 1924.; The next year he published his first novel Storm (1925) which was followed by Islanders (1928), both of which depict the poverty on the Donegal seaboard. He went on to publish books like The Big Windows (1930), an autobiographical novel about his Civil War experiences entitled The Gates Flew Open (1932) and There Will Be Another Day (1963). In 1946 he became editor of The Bell, the most significant literary magazine in mid-20th century Ireland and remained its editor until it ceased publication in 1954. He died in 1986.
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