J. G. Farrell

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  • John McLeod (University of Leeds)

James Gordon Farrell was born in Liverpool on January 25th, 1935. His mother, Jo, was Irish with family connections in Dublin, while his father, Bill, was from Liverpool and had worked in India and the Far East. These geographical locations would become the imaginative environment of Farrell’s “Empire Trilogy”, for which he is best remembered. Farrell spent his early years in the North West of England until the end of the Second World War, when the Farrells moved to Dublin. Jim (as he was known) attended school in England, eventually boarding at Rossall public school in Fleetwood, Lancashire, between 1948 and 1953. He returned to Ireland in the holidays. These travels left an indelible stamp on the young …

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Citation:
McLeod, John. "J. G. Farrell". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 07 July 2001
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=1486, accessed 28 November 2014.]

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