John McGahern
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In 1966 the author did a television interview with John McGahern, his first, not long after the publication of The Dark. The interview was directed by Tristram Powell and it was at his cousin's house, Pakenham Hall. Other work was done in Dublin and Howth, but the leatheracred library in that country pile in County Westmeath was where the conversation took place. Both Tristram and the author had been introduced to John's work and to John himself by the critic Julian Jebb, who had a gift for spotting fine new writers and an enthusiasm for sharing his pleasure in them. The author remember the faint glisten of imminent mildew in the stately library, the cavernous kitchens, the copy of a first edition of Decline and Fall hanging from a crude hook in a lavatory, inside which were the elegantly handwritten words and the cautious but confident presence of John.

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