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.
Patrick MacGill was born in Glenties, County Donegal, Ireland in 1889. He was a journalist, novelist & poet, known as ‘The Navvy Poet.
During WW1 he served with the London Irish Rifles, and was wounded at the Battle of Loos in 1915.
He moved to Florida, where he passed away on 22 November 1963.
His works include: Children of the Dead End, The Rat-Pit, The Amateur Army, The Red Horizon, The Great Push, The Brown Brethren, The Dough-Boys, The Diggers: The Australians in France, foreword by W. M. Hughes, Australian PM, Glenmornan, Maureen, Fear!, Lanty Hanlon: A Comedy of Irish Life, Moleskin Joe , The Carpenter of Orra, Sid Puddiefoot, Una Cassidy, Tulliver’s Mill, The Glen of Carr, The House at the World's End, Helen Spenser