J.G. Farrell was born in Liverpool in 1935 and spent a good deal of his life abroad, including periods in France and North America, and then settled in London where he wrote most of his novels. In April 1979 he went to live in County Cork where only four months later he was drowned in a fishing accident. He was posthumously awarded The Lost Booker prize for his novel Troubles in 2010.
J.G. Farrell was an outstanding writer, one of the best post-war novelists to emerge in the second half of the twentieth century, and had he not died prematurely in his early forties I have no doubt he would have had as illustrious an international career as William Golding and V.S. Naipaul, the last two fiction writers from Britain to win the Nobel Prize in literature. His publication career towards Troubles may give some idea why he is not as universally known, read and taught as he should be. Farrell’s first novel A Man From Elsewhere…
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