Morrison’s New Novel

December 27, 2012 · Print This Article

Danny Morrison’s last novel, The Wrong Man, was set in Belfast just after the hunger strike and was about an informer inside the IRA. His latest, Rudi – In the Shadow of Knulp, is described as his “best ever” by reviewer Jude Collins. Although the Irish conflict is in the background and the hunger strike is mentioned, the book is largely an individual love story about a man’s struggle for meaning.

Morrison is in a long line of tradition of former republican prisoners having turned to writing. Many republicans, such as Ernie O’Mallie, Dan Breen, Tom Barry, Frank Gallagher, Eamonn Boyce, Dónal Donnelly, Seán Mac Stíofáin, Gerry Adams, Tim Brannigan, Sile Darragh, to mention but a few, have written memoirs, but a smaller number have written plays, poetry, short stories and novels. These include Thomas MacDonagh, Patrick Pearse, Sean O’Casey, Liam O’Flaherty, Frank O’Connor, Peadar O’Donnell, Máirtín Ó Cadhain, Brendan Behan, and, more recently, Bobby Sands, Gerry Adams, Danny Morrison, Brenda Murphy, Brian Campbell, Laurence McKeown and Sam Millar.

Certainly, a rich tradition.



2 Responses to “Morrison’s New Novel”

  1. fish ahearne on December 28th, 2012 5:55 pm

    bobby sands is one of the bravest men to come out of ireland and should be part of our childrens history. for he bobby sands picture will always hang on my walls rest in perfect peace bobby.

  2. Michael Moroney on January 3rd, 2013 7:44 am

    Morrison is certainly a bright light in a long list of Irish Republican writers;however, the list mentioned is notable for the absence of Charles Kickham, the Tipperary born head of the IRB in the 19th century after whom Ardoyne Kickhams and numerous other GAA clubs are named.
    Maith thu, Danny. Beir Bua!

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