The Classics Book Group - Amongst Women by John McGahern

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McGahern’s ‘masterpiece: the sort of book which you can give anyone of any age and know that they will be changed by it’ (Colm Tóibín) by ‘one of the greatest writers of our era’ (Hilary Mantel).

Once an officer in the Irish War for Independence, Moran is now a widower, eking out a living on a small farm where he raises his two sons and three daughters. Adrift from the structure and security of the military, he keeps control by binding his family close to him. But as his children grow older and seek independence, and as the passing years bring with them bewildering change, Moran struggles to find a balance between love and tyranny.


"McGahern brings us that tonic gift of the best fiction, the sense of truth – the sense of transparency that permits us to see imaginary lives more clearly than we see our own." --John Updike

"An overwhelming experience." --The Times

"It is compact but not dense, spare yet rich, and brimming with tension."-- Observer

John McGahern

About the Author

John McGahern (1934-2006) was one of the most acclaimed Irish writers of his generation. His work, including six novels and four collections of short stories, often centered on the Irish predicament, both political and temperamental. Amongst Women, his best-known book, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and made into a popular miniseries. His last book, the memoir All Will Be Well, was published shortly before his death.

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