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ISBN:
9781841580005
Categories
Fiction
Imprint
Birlinn
Publication Date
17 May 2013
Format
Paperback
Status
Available for Sale
Publisher
Birlinn Limited
Extent
336

Children of the Dead End

by Patrick MacGill - Find out more about the author

Starting with an account of his childhood in Donegal, Ireland at the end of the 19th century, the story moves to Scotland where, living as a tramp, then working as a gang labourer, and for some years as a navvy at Kinlochleven near Fort William, Dermod Flynn (as he calls himself) begins to discover himself as a writer. Peopled with extraordinary characters, suffused with humour and yet unflinching in its portrayal of the near slavery of the poor in Scotland and Ireland, Children of the Dead End sold 50,000 copies a year in the 1920s. It was as influential in its own way as the work of social investigators such as Rowntree in bringing about change in British and Irish attituddes to poverty and destitution.