The Barracks
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The Barracks by John McGahern is a novel of haunting power, moving between tragedy and savage comedy, desperation and joy.

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John McGahern was born in Dublin in 1934 and brought up in the West of Ireland. He is a graduate of the University College, Dublin. He is the author of six highly acclaimed novels and four collections of short stories, and has been the recipient of numerous awards and honours, including a Society of Authors Travelling Scholarship, the American-Irish Award, the Prix Estrang're Ecureuil and the Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.



Amongst Women, which has won both the GPA and the The Irish Times Award, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and made into a four part BBC television series. His work has appeared in anthologies and has been translated into many languages. John McGahern lives in Ireland.

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