An autobiographical evocation of forties and fifties Ireland, a companion volume to Leonard's widely acclaimed Home Before Night
"The book is funny, packed with stories and embarrassing incidents ... a splendid book, with an underlying seriousness the hasty reader may miss" - John Banville, The Sunday Times
Hugh Leonard's second volume of autobiography is a rich portrait of adolescence in Dublin in the forties and fifties: schooldays and altar-boyhood, early bliss in the sevenpennies at the Astoria, problems with Gloria and Dolores. Leonard stirs in theatre anecdotes, vignettes of Patrick Kavanagh and Brenda Behan and divulges his own beginnings as a writer. The result is a witty and entertaining analysis of Dublin and Dubliners by one of Ireland's finest living playwrights.
"If you want to understand the Irish ... Hugh Leonard's autobiographical follow-up to Home Before Night, conveys the lilt, the light and the shade of the people. Like them it's naturally funny"
Terry Wogan, The Sunday Times Books of the Year
"Out After Dark deserves to stand among the very best Irish biographies"
Hugh Leonard (1926-2009) was born in Dublin. He was the author of numerous plays including The Poker Session and The Au Pair Man, the screenplay for the film Widow's Peak, and TV adaptations of Great Expectations, Nicholas Nickleby, The Moonstone, Wuthering Heights and Good Behaviour. His novelisation of his 4-part drama Parnell and the Englishwoman (BBC) won the 1992 Sagittarius Award. He has published two volumes of autobiography, Home Before Night and Out After Dark, and was Literary Editor at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin in 1976-77.