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Dermot Bolger

Ireland (b.1959)

Dermot Bolger was born in Dublin. His nine novels include The Woman's Daughter, The Journey Home, Father's Music, The Valparaiso Voyage and the recently acclaimed The Family on Paradise Pier, which traces a real Irish family from the Great War through Ireland in the 1930s, The Spanish Civil War, the streets and gulags of Russia and London during the Blitz. His debut play, The Lament for Arthur Cleary, received The Samuel Beckett Award and his most recent play, From These Green Heights, won the Irish Times/ESB Award for Best New Irish Play of 2004. Author of seven volumes of poetry, he has been Playwright in Association with the Abbey Theatre and Writer Fellow in Trinity College, Dublin. Bolger has championed new Irish writers, firstly through Raven Arts Press, which he started as a factory hand, and later through co-founding New Island Books. He devised the best-selling collaborative novels, Finbar's Hotel and Ladies Night at Finbar's Hotel and edited The Picador Book of Contemporary Irish Fiction.

Genres: Mystery
   Night Shift (1982)
   The Woman's Daughter (1987)
   The Journey Home (1990)
   Emily's Shoes (1992)
   A Second Life (1994)
   Father's Music (1997)
   Temptation (2000)
   The Valparaiso Voyage (2001)
   The Family On Paradise Pier (2005)
   New Town Soul (2010)
   The Fall of Ireland (2012)
   Tanglewood (2015)
   The Lonely Sea and Sky (2016)
   An Ark of Light (2018)
   Secrets Never Told (2020)
   The Habit of Flesh (poems) (1980)
   Finglas Lilies (poems) (1981)
   No Waiting America (poems) (1982)
   Internal Exiles (poems) (1986)
   Leinster Street Ghosts (poems) (1989)
   Letters from the New Island (poems) (1995)
   Taking My Letters Back (poems) (1998)
   The Chosen Moment (poems) (2004)
   External Affairs (poems) (2008)
   Night and Day (poems) (2008)
   That Which is Suddenly Precious (poems) (2015)
   Francis Ledwidge (poems) (2017) (with Francis Ledwidge)
   Other People's Lives (poems) (2022)
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Anthologies edited
   Lament for Arthur Cleary (1989)
   Blinded by the Light (1990)
   The Holy Ground (1990)
   One Last White Horse (1991)
   A Dublin Quartet (1991)
   A Dublin Bloom (1995)
   April Bright / Blinded By the Light (1997)
   The Passion of Jerome (1999)
   Consenting Adults (2000)
   From These Green Heights (2005)
   The Townlands of Brazil (2007)
   Walking the Road (2007)
   The Ballymun Trilogy (2010)
   The Parting Glass (2011)
   Bang Bang (2017)
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Non fiction
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Omnibus editions
   The Venice Suite (2012)
Series contributed to
Finbar's Hotel
   Finbar's Hotel (1997) (with others)
   Ladies' Night at Finbar's Hotel (1999) (with others)
Dermot Bolger recommends
Break A Leg (2012)
Peter Sheridan
"A truly brillant read."

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