A Wild People


Leonard, Hugh

09/05/2002 | Paperback |

ISBN: 9780413759801

About A Wild People

 A sparkling satirical novel by one of Ireland's foremost playwrights

 A Wild People, Hugh Leonard's ebullient first novel, throws us into the world of T. J. Quill, who, not entirely on purpose, has become the archivist for the late great Western filmmaker Sean O'Fearna.

Quill's friend Thornton got him into it - as he tends to get people involved in his schemes, whether it's The James Joyce Restaurant, or screening a lost cinema classic at night in a hurricane-whipped peat bog, or deciding that O'Fearna's masterpiece The Man from Innisfree is in need of a sequel...

Not only does Quill have to cope with Thornton's antics, he's also torn between his mercurial wife Greta and an Italian 'madonna' - whose husband may not be as stupid as he looks...

A Wild People is the perfect antidote to Frank McCourt-style 'Oirish' whimsy, sideswiping at stereotypes as it walks the line between life's comic absurdity and its darker depths. Both tender and uncompromising, its biting humour reveals Leonard's shockingly accurate insight into the fallibility of the human heart.


Hugh Leonard

Hugh Leonard (1926-2009) was born in Dublin. He was the author of numerous plays including The Poker Session and The Au Pair Man, the screenplay for the film Widow's Peak, and TV adaptations of Great Expectations, Nicholas Nickleby, The Moonstone, Wuthering Heights and Good Behaviour. His novelisation of his 4-part drama Parnell and the Englishwoman (BBC) won the 1992 Sagittarius Award. He has published two volumes of autobiography, Home Before Night and Out After Dark, and was Literary Editor at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin in 1976-77.



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