A special Arts Tonight programme on the life and work of novelist JG Farrell, the author of the brilliant, comic and influential 'Troubles', set in Ireland in 1919 in the midst of the country's struggle for independence was broadcast on September 6th.
JG Farrell died prematurely, in a fishing accident off the coast of West Cork in 1979. He left behind seven novels, one unfinished, in total, including the autobiographical novel 'The Lung', based on his experience of polio as a young man.
His empire trilogy, as the books 'Troubles', 'The Siege of Krishnapur', and 'The Singapore Grip' have become known, reflects his preoccupation with the collapse of the British empire, and its effects on people who were not able to cope with the sweeping changes of history.
In nationality he was both English and Irish, and he understood both cultures intimately. But his outlook was, if anything, global.
Joining Vincent Woods are Lavinia Greacen, Farrell's biographer and editor of his 'Selected Letters and Diaries', published in paperback by Cork University Press; Gerry Dawe, poet, academic and critic; Bridget O'Toole Walsh, who has written critically on Farrell's work and is an old friend of his, and Peter Straus, literary agent and a long time admirer of Farrell's work, who set up the Lost Booker award for 1970 which was won by 'Troubles' earlier this year. Owen Roe reads extracts from the novels, diaries and letters of JG .
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