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AVAILABLE NOW. A new edition of this critically acclaimed fictional account of the life of poet and naturalist John Clare.

First published in 1994, Clare was regarded as a daring and intelligent novel that used multiple perspectives and first person narratives to reveal the mind of John Clare, famed 18th-century poet and naturalist. Clare descended into madness in his middle age and the novel deals with the man before and after the beginning of his illness. Hailed as ‘subtle’ and ‘delicate, sensuous and lyrical’, the novel delivers on an emotional intellectual level. Republished in New Island’s Modern Irish Classics series for the first time.

About the Author: John MacKenna was born in 1952 in Castledermot, County Kildare. His books include The Fallen and Other Stories, which won The Irish Times First Fiction Award, A Year of Our Lives, The Last Fine Summer, Things You Should Know, The River Field and The Space Between Us.


John MacKenna


B-format, paperback





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Weight .250 g
Dimensions .198 x .129 x .15 mm


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