Patrick MacGill

The Red Horizon


Patrick MacGill’s famous trilogy—Children of the Dead End, The Rat Pit and Moleskin Joe—is reflecting the experiences and life of the Irish Navvy in Britain. Similarly, The Red Horizon and its sequel, The Great Push, reflect in a unique way the experiences of the ordinary soldier.

Patrick MacGill, Rifleman No. 3008, London Irish, was one of many thousands of Irishmen who fought in the First World War, and he articulates the experience of that tragic generation, conveying the horror of war but also the resilience of the men.


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