Donall Mac Amhlaigh Exiles


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Two Irish migrants on the cusp of new lives in post-war Britain. Two young people who dare to dream of a better life, and dance the music of survival in their adopted homeland.

Afraid that his wife and children will arrive over any day, Trevor is in a hurry to settle old scores with his rivals and to prove himself the top fighting man within his London-Irish community of drinkers and navvies while Nano seeks to escape the stifling conformity and petty jealousies of her peers and forget her failed love-match at home.

Will Trevor finally prove himself "the man" and secure the respect that he feels is his by virtue of blood and tribe? Does Nano have it in her to break free of the suffocating bonds of home and community and find love with Lithuanian beau Julius?

Written at a time when the Irish were "building England up and tearing it down again", and teeming with the raucous energy of post-war Kilburn, Cricklewood and Camden Town this novel is one of the very few authentic portrayals of working-class life in modern Irish literature.

About the Author

Donall Mac Amhlaigh (1926-1989) was one of the most important Irish-language writers of the 20th century. A native of County Galway, he is best known for his novels and short stories concerning the lives of the more than half-a-million Irish people who left Ireland for post-war Britain. Mac Amhlaigh has a unique talent and his chronicles of the Irish emigrant people - sometimes known as the "silent or forgotten generation" - that remarkable generation who made Britain their home in the post-war era.

Micheal O hAodha is an Irish-language poet from Galway in the west of Ireland. He has published many books in both Irish and English, including books written under various pseudonyms. He has written poetry, short stories, journalism and academic books on Irish social history, particularly as relating to the Irish working-class experience, and the Irish who emigrated to Britain.

His books have been published by Palgrave, (Manchester University Press), Peter Lang, Coisceim, Irish Academic Press, Rowman, Mercier Press, Academica, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Original Writing, Liffey Press, Arlen House, Clo Iar-Chonnacht amongst others.

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'A cracking read ... a deeply realised portrayal of working-class life.'
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'Possesses a uniquely raw and biting insightful authenticity ... a fine novel.'
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