Patrick McGrath

Last Days in Cleaver Square
  • Last Days in Cleaver Square


    'Wonderful, thrilling' JOHN BANVILLE
    'Has pleasure on every page' TIMES

    'Let there be no more of this clucking and wheedling. Oh Pa, are you sure? Or: Oh Francis, is this really a good idea? Let me be clear. I am always sure, and it is always a good idea.'

    An old man is sleeping fitfully. It's too hot. The air is thick with Spanish jasmine floating in from the garden. And he's not sure whether he'll be woken by General Franco sitting on the end of his bed.

    It's 1975 and Francis McNulty is nearing the end of his life, but feeling far from peaceful. A veteran of the Spanish Civil War, he is tormented by grief and guilt about a brief, terrible act of betrayal from that time. He's started seeing his old nemesis on the street, in the garden and now, in his bedroom. Neither he nor his daughter Gillian, who lives with him, know what to do.When Gillian announces her impending marriage to a senior civil servant, Francis realises that he must adapt to new circumstances - and that the time has come to confront his past once and for all.

    'Impressive' GUARDIAN
    'A very moving portrayal of a complicated father-daughter relationship, neither of them fully able to break away' RACHEL JOYCE

Patrick McGrath is the author of two short story collections and nine novels, including the international bestseller, Asylum. He is also the author of Writing Madness, a collection of his short fiction and selected non-fiction. His novel Trauma was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award and Spider was filmed by David Cronenberg from McGrath's adaptation. He co-edited an influential anthology of short fiction, The New Gothic, and recent non-fiction includes introductions to The Monk, Moby Dick and Barnaby Rudge. Patrick McGrath lives in Manhattan and London.

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