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Poguemahone | Trade Paperback | By Patrick Mccabe

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  • Poguemahone
  • Pages: 624
  • Format: Paperback
  • Author: Patrick McCabe
  • Publisher: Unbound
  • Publication date: 14 Apr 2022
  • Category: Irish Fiction
  • Size: 23.4 x 15.2 x 2.5 cm
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Poguemahone by Patrick McCabe


Dan Fogarty, an Irishman living in England, is looking after his sister Una, now seventy and suffering from dementia in a care home in Margate.

From Dan's anarchic account, we gradually piece together the story of the Fogarty family.

How the parents are exiled from a small Irish village and end up living the hard immigrant life in England. How Dots, the mother, becomes a call girl in 1950s Soho. How a young and overweight Una finds herself living in a hippie squat in Kilburn in the early 1970s. How the squat appears to be haunted by vindictive ghosts who eat away at the sanity of all who live there. And, finally, how all that survives now of those sex-and-drug-soaked times are Una's unspooling memories as she sits outside in the Margate sunshine, and Dan himself, whose role in the story becomes stranger and more sinister.

Poguemahone is a wild, free-verse monologue, steeped in music and folklore, crammed with characters, both real and imagined, on a scale Patrick McCabe has never attempted before.


"Poguemahone is a blistering, brilliant ballad of mad tales from rural Ireland to London Town, and all you might meet along your way. The characters are electric, the narrative fuelled with a brilliant frenetic energy — I loved this great song. McCabe is truly original." Elaine Feeney, author of As You Were

"A tremendous pitch-black multi-layered epic. This exhilarating ride of madness, hauntings, lost weekends, and fractured memory is a lyrical poem, novel, ballad, and drama all in one ... one of the most original literary works of recent times. I bloody loved it." Adelle Stripe, author of Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile

"Pitched—deliriously—between high modernism and folk magic, between gorgeous free-verse and hilarious Irish vernacular, Poguemahone is a stunning achievement ... profoundly affecting" David Keenan

About the Author

Born in Clones, Co Monaghan, Ireland in 1955. Patrick worked as a teacher before becoming a full-time author. He has written extensively for a variety of media, most notably stage and screen, with works which include radio dramatisations of many of his novels and adaptations for stage and screen. He is currently preparing a stage version of his Unbound novel, Poguemahone, with the musician Lisa O'Neill and award-winning Druid Company actor Aaron Monaghan.


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