Hugh Leonard's companion volume to Out After Dark
'He has the simplicity and genius of Dylan Thomas and Brendan Behan ... If you want to look 't the South Dublin working class of the thirties and forties, here it is - a childhood that anyone would envy'
A tour de force of prose which captures all the poetry and drama of a child's experience of Dublin in the thirties and forties. The author's crystal-clear recollections, recounted with sparkling humour and immediacy, and the vast array of colourful characters combine to create an engaging and enthralling read.
'Entrancing ... the playwright author's gift of language and apparently total recall makes his account of growing up in the thirties and forties absolutely irresistible'
The Sunday Telegraph
'Superb ... moving and very funny'
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 four-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.