Patrick MacGill



Published after the First World War, Glenmornan is the sequel to Children of the Dead End and The Rat-Pit. This book tells of his experience of English middle-class life after the war, and how he rejected it in favour of a return to his native Ireland.

He finds happiness as a member of a warm, vital village community, and falls in love with a local girl. But MacGill’s new sophistication alienates him from the community; after criticism of the church and bitter quarrels with the local priest, he is ostracised by the whole village, including his mother and sister. Eventually he leaves Ireland for ever.

This is a strong, poignant account of MacGill’s hunger to return to the place of his birth, and his tragic expulsion.


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