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Playwright and novelist Patrick McCabe was born in 1955 in Clones, County Monaghan, Ireland. He was educated at St Patrick's Training College in Dublin and began teaching at Kingsbury Day Special School in London in 1980. His short story 'The Call' won the Irish Press Hennessy Award.

He is the author of five novels including The Butcher Boy (1992), a black comedy narrated by a disturbed young slaughterhouse worker, which won the Irish Times Irish Literature Prize for Fiction; The Dead School (1995), an account of the misfortunes that befall two Dublin teachers; and Breakfast on Pluto (1998), the disturbing tale of a transvestite prostitute who becomes involved with Republican terrorists. The Butcher Boy and Breakfast on Pluto were both shortlisted for the Booker Prize for Fiction.

He is also the author of a children's book, The Adventures of Shay Mouse (1985), and a collection of linked short stories, Mondo Desperado, published in 1999. His play Frank Pig Says Hello, which he adapted from The Butcher Boy, was first performed at the Dublin Theatre Festival in 1992. The play is published in Far from the Land: Contemporary Irish Plays (1998), edited by John Fairleigh. A film adaptation of The Butcher Boy directed by Neil Jordan was first screened in 1996. His short stories have been published in the Irish Times and the Cork Examiner and his work has been broadcast by RTÉ in Ireland and the BBC.

Patrick McCabe lives in Sligo in Ireland with his wife and two daughters. His novel, Emerald Germs of Ireland (2001), is a black comedy featuring matricide Pat McNab and his attempts to fend off nosy neighbours. His novel, Winterwood, was published in 2006, and was named the 2007 Hughes & Hughes/Irish Independent Irish Novel of the Year. His latest novel is The Holy City (2008).

Bibliography

The Adventures of Shay Mouse   Raven Arts Press (Dublin), 1985

Music on Clinton Street   Raven Arts Press (Dublin), 1986

Carn   Aidan Ellis, 1989

The Butcher Boy   Picador, 1992

The Dead School   Picador, 1995

Breakfast on Pluto   Picador, 1998

Far from the Land: Contemporary Irish Plays   (includes Patrick McCabe's 'Frank Pig')   Methuen, 1998

Mondo Desperado   Picador, 1999

Emerald Germs of Ireland   Picador, 2001

Call Me The Breeze   Faber and Faber, 2003

Winterwood   Bloomsbury, 2006

The Holy City   Bloomsbury, 2008

Prizes and awards

1979   Irish Press Hennessy Award   (short story - 'The Call')

1992   Booker Prize for Fiction   (shortlist)   The Butcher Boy

1992   Irish Times Irish Literature Prize for Fiction   The Butcher Boy

1998   Booker Prize for Fiction   (shortlist)   Breakfast on Pluto

2007   Hughes & Hughes/Irish Independent Irish Novel of the Year   Winterwood

2008   International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award   (shortlist)   Winterwood

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Biographymccabe_patrick

Playwright and novelist Patrick McCabe was born in 1955 in Clones, County Monaghan, Ireland. He was educated at St Patrick's Training College in Dublin and began teaching at Kingsbury Day Special School in London in 1980. His short story 'The Call' won the Irish Press Hennessy Award.

He is the author of five novels including The Butcher Boy (1992), a black comedy narrated by a disturbed young slaughterhouse worker, which won the Irish Times Irish Literature Prize for Fiction; The Dead School (1995), an account of the misfortunes that befall two Dublin teachers; and Breakfast on Pluto (1998), the disturbing tale of a transvestite prostitute who becomes involved with Republican terrorists. The Butcher Boy and Breakfast on Pluto were both shortlisted for the Booker Prize for Fiction.

He is also the author of a children's book, The Adventures of Shay Mouse (1985), and a collection of linked short stories, Mondo Desperado, published in 1999. His play Frank Pig Says Hello, which he adapted from The Butcher Boy, was first performed at the Dublin Theatre Festival in 1992. The play is published in Far from the Land: Contemporary Irish Plays (1998), edited by John Fairleigh. A film adaptation of The Butcher Boy directed by Neil Jordan was first screened in 1996. His short stories have been published in the Irish Times and the Cork Examiner and his work has been broadcast by RTÉ in Ireland and the BBC.

Patrick McCabe lives in Sligo in Ireland with his wife and two daughters. His novel, Emerald Germs of Ireland (2001), is a black comedy featuring matricide Pat McNab and his attempts to fend off nosy neighbours. His novel, Winterwood, was published in 2006, and was named the 2007 Hughes & Hughes/Irish Independent Irish Novel of the Year. His latest novel is The Holy City (2008).

Bibliography

The Adventures of Shay Mouse   Raven Arts Press (Dublin), 1985

Music on Clinton Street   Raven Arts Press (Dublin), 1986

Carn   Aidan Ellis, 1989

The Butcher Boy   Picador, 1992

The Dead School   Picador, 1995

Breakfast on Pluto   Picador, 1998

Far from the Land: Contemporary Irish Plays   (includes Patrick McCabe's 'Frank Pig')   Methuen, 1998

Mondo Desperado   Picador, 1999

Emerald Germs of Ireland   Picador, 2001

Call Me The Breeze   Faber and Faber, 2003

Winterwood   Bloomsbury, 2006

The Holy City   Bloomsbury, 2008

Prizes and awards

1979   Irish Press Hennessy Award   (short story - 'The Call')

1992   Booker Prize for Fiction   (shortlist)   The Butcher Boy

1992   Irish Times Irish Literature Prize for Fiction   The Butcher Boy

1998   Booker Prize for Fiction   (shortlist)   Breakfast on Pluto

2007   Hughes & Hughes/Irish Independent Irish Novel of the Year   Winterwood

2008   International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award   (shortlist)   Winterwood

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