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Pity for the Wicked

Pity for the Wicked

Pity for the Wicked

“Brian Lynch’s extraordinary testament is like a shattering alarm in the middle of the night.” – Gerald Dawe, The Irish Times
click to read review by Gerald Dawe


“Brian Lynch does Irish society a service by tearing the mask from murder and terror, by dispelling the fog of romanticised amnesia in which horror is embalmed as history is rewritten to justify a campaign of murder, by trying to restore the meaning of language.”
click to read review by Maurice Hayes

“One of the most devastating critiques of the savagery of the Troubles and of the hypocrisy of the ‘peace process’.” – Dennis Kennedy, The Belfast Telegraph
click to read review by Dennis Kennedy

I believe that the publication of Brian Lynch’s book will contribute to the isolation of Sinn Féin-IRA, and their eventual disappearance from the political map of Ireland.”
–Conor Cruise O’Brien, from the Introduction

In Memory of the Childhood of Margaret Wright, by Gene Lambert Written between 1993 and 1996, Pity for the Wicked is a contemporary depiction of a momentous period in Irish history. It was first published in a slightly different form in The Ring of Words, the anthology of the 1998 Arvon Foundation/Daily Telegraph International Poetry Competition under the title An Angry Heart, An Empty House.
About the section of the poem that deals with the murder of Margaret Wright (which was published separately in New and Renewed), Philip Casey said in The Irish Independent, ’It will haunt your dreams.’ Fiona Sampson said in The Irish Times that ’it is a shaming, difficult and necessary read; and worth buying the book for in its own right.’

The Nicotine Cat

The Nicotine Cat and Other People

The Nicotine CatMemories aren’t true. But you can be true to them.

The Nicotine Cat and Other People is a scrupulously truthful and wildly imaginative memoir by one of Ireland’s most singular poets and comic writers. Augustus Young darts through memories of his childhood in Cork, his working life in London and the life he now leads in a curious town on the French-Spanish border. His subjects include Father Dinneen’s wonderful Irish Dictionary, the philosophers Kierkegaard and David Hume, a Scottish artist called Welsh, Joab Comfort, who knows everything, and Alban Perfide, a surely imaginary novelist living out his own fiction. The Nicotine Cat and Other People is a wise book with a low centre of levity.

Young’s unwillingness to curry favour, which makes him an outsider in the literary world, adds spice to a wryly clever and sometimes touchingly sweet book. There’s honey in the wasp – Brian Lynch.

About the Author

Augustus Young is the pen name of James Hogan, who was born in Cork, Ireland, in 1943. As a renowned epidemiologist and adviser to health authorities, Hogan spent most of his working life in London. As Augustus Young, he is the author of eight books of poetry. Light Years (London Magazine Editions / Menard Press, 2002), his first full length work in prose, re-enacts his literary development as a published poet from childhood days in Cork up to 1960s London.