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Seán Tyrone: A Symphony of Horrors
by Mark Ryan
Based on a play of the same name, this novel tells the story of Jack O'Brien’s odyssey from inexperienced childhood to mature manhood. Jack’s father, Seán, left the family in County Tyrone to find work as a collier in the South Wales Valleys. Years later, Jack’s dying mother sends him on a quest to find out what became of his father. Seán’s last letter came from the town ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published January 1st 2013 by Seren
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This short novel reminds me of the plays of Martin McDonagh - the tone is the blackest of humour and the story, a quest by a young Irishman for his father in Wales, is one of impossible violence. Elements of Welsh and Irish folktales play a part in the narrative and anyone who has seen the Welsh coalfields after the death of the industry will recognise the scathing portait of a town that has become a dump. The author, sadly recently deceased, has had a varied career and this was his last and ...more