Patrick McCabe

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  • Ellen McWilliams (University of Exeter)

Patrick McCabe is one of the most important Irish novelists of his generation. Born in Clones, Co. Monaghan in 1955, he has written eight novels, several plays, screenplays for film and television, and a children's book, The Adventures of Shay Mouse: The Mouse from Longford (1985). He has received several prestigious Irish literary awards, and has been twice shortlisted for the Booker prize for his novels The Butcher Boy (1992) and Breakfast on Pluto (1998). McCabe's fiction explores the history of post-independence Ireland and engages dramatically with Irish politics and society in the mid-to-late twentieth century. All of McCabe's novels have a dark, gothic aspect, and his work is characterized by …

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McWilliams, Ellen. "Patrick McCabe". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 December 2006
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