Tessa Hadley

Tessa HadleyI’ve just been re-reading John McGahern’s masterly short stories. I love his novels too but perhaps his writing personality gets its most distinctive expression in the short stories. They look so disarmingly simple at first glance – little fragments of daily stuff: a stroll down Grafton Street, a job in a cattle market, a policeman who’s a Gaelic football hero. But at work inside those shapes of ordinary life are the forces which make it mysterious, terrifying, joyous.

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