Monday 19 February 2018

Eoghan Harris: The educated hillbilly hero who loves Liz Bowen

DANIEL Woodrell with no close competition. That's what I told those who asked me to name my favourite crime writer after last week's column. In fact Woodrell is my favourite novelist full stop.

Later I hope to show -- not tell -- why this is so. And why Woodrell should be given the status of honorary Irish writer. But first a short break for a brief bark about the national question.

Last week I was sandwiched between two small but perfectly formed summer schools: the John Boyle O'Reilly school at Drogheda last Saturday and the Elizabeth Bowen/William Trevor Festival in Mitchelstown this weekend.

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