Patrick McCabe


Born
in Clones, County Monaghan, Ireland
March 27, 1955

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Patrick McCabe came to prominence with the publication of his third adult novel, The Butcher Boy, in 1992; the book was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in Britain and won the Irish Times-Aer Lingus Prize for fiction. McCabe's strength as an author lies in his ability to probe behind the veneer of respectability and conformity to reveal the brutality and the cloying and corrupting stagnation of Irish small-town life, but he is able to find compassion for the subjects of his fiction. His prose has a vitality and an anti-authoritarian bent, using everyday language to deconstruct the ideologies at work in Ireland between the early 1960s and the late 1970s. His books can be read as a plea for a pluralistic Irish culture that can encompass the p ...more

Average rating: 3.66 · 11,898 ratings · 1,019 reviews · 33 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Butcher Boy

3.83 avg rating — 6,755 ratings — published 1992 — 37 editions
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Breakfast on Pluto

3.49 avg rating — 1,819 ratings — published 1998 — 22 editions
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The Dead School

3.65 avg rating — 730 ratings — published 1995 — 8 editions
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Winterwood

3.14 avg rating — 859 ratings — published 2006 — 15 editions
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Mondo Desperado

3.17 avg rating — 209 ratings — published 1999 — 11 editions
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Emerald Germs of Ireland

3.08 avg rating — 204 ratings — published 2001 — 3 editions
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Carn

3.39 avg rating — 161 ratings — published 1993 — 7 editions
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Call Me the Breeze

3.23 avg rating — 151 ratings — published 2003 — 10 editions
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The Stray Sod Country

3.37 avg rating — 107 ratings — published 2010 — 7 editions
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The Holy City

3.09 avg rating — 106 ratings — published 2008 — 14 editions
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“Oh now now he says that's all over you must forget all about that next week your solitary finishes how about that hmm? I felt like laughing in his face: How can your solitary finish? That's the best laugh yet.”
Patrick McCabe, The Butcher Boy

“All the beautiful things in this world are lies. They count for nothing in the end.”
Patrick McCabe, The Butcher Boy

“You'll have to learn to forgive," he said. "For if you don't, you know what will happen?"
"What, Doctor?" I croaked, for my outburst had exhausted me.
"It will destroy you," he said as he handed me the tea.
A tear came into my eye when he said it for I knew it was true and I would have loved to be able to do it (not because of its destroying me but because it was right, and deep down I knew that) but I couldn't and the more I thought of it the more the blood came coursing to my head so that whenever I'd write I'd find myself clutching the pencil so tight I broke the lead how many times I don't know, hundreds.”
Patrick McCabe, Breakfast on Pluto

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