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Dark Shoes on a Doorstep

Catriona Crowe, 31 July 1997

The Bend for Home 
by Dermot Healy.
Harvill, 307 pp., £6.99, May 1997, 1 86046 354 1
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... Dermot Healy has been a presence in Irish literature for some time. He has published a collection of short stories, Banished Misfortune (1982), two novels, Fighting with Shadows (1984) and A Goat’s Song (1993), a book of poetry, The Ballyconnell Colours (1992), and has written and directed a number of plays ...

An Octopus at the Window

Terry Eagleton: Dermot Healy, 19 May 2011

Long Time, No See 
by Dermot Healy.
Faber, 438 pp., £12.99, April 2011, 978 0 571 21074 9
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... After publishing a prize-winning volume of short stories and an accomplished early novel, Dermot Healy won the plaudits of the literary world with A Goat’s Song, one of the most powerful pieces of fiction to emerge from Ireland in the past few decades. It was published in 1994, just as the Celtic Tiger was starting to roar, but belonged in spirit to an earlier, less well-heeled and self-assured society ...


Mary Hawthorne, 23 June 1994

The Seduction of Morality 
by Tom Murphy.
Little, Brown, 224 pp., £15.99, June 1994, 0 316 91059 7
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A Goat’s Song 
by Dermot Healy.
Harvill, 408 pp., £14.99, April 1994, 0 00 271049 8
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... of all. While Murphy explores the tragedy (and sometimes the comedy) of the Irish family, Dermot Healy’s new novel, A Goat’s Song, ponders the tragedy of the Irish couple, whose irreconcilable differences are in this case set against the irreconcilable differences of Catholic and Protestant in Northern Ireland. The book opens in Belmullet, on ...

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