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Leaving Ardglass
William King
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The Lilliput Press
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In 1961, MJ Galvin, an Irish building contractor in London, brings over his kid brother, Tom, to join the family business. Educated, sensitive and naive, and destined for the seminary, Tom witnesses a killing, learns about dead men and the start in Camden Town, experiences drunken brawls and the excitement of dancehall nights in the Galtymore. He faces a decision that will shape his future: will he join his successful brother and make a fortune, or follow an inner voice towards the priesthood? The inner voice prevails, Tom enrolls as a seminarian, goes to Rome, becomes a monsignor and is tipped for a bishopric, only to renounce power and prestige, and be relegated to a quiet country parish disillusioned by the betrayal of principles within his Church as a new century dawns. This powerful family saga evokes the tensions and transformations within a new Ireland as traditional values give way to consumerism and one man's odyssey becomes everyman's.

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WILLIAM KINGwas born in Kilflynn, County Kerry in 1945. He studied at University College Dublin and Holy Cross College, Clonliffe, Dublin. He is now parish priest at Corpus Christi, Drumcondra. He is author of a bestselling novel, The Strangled Impulse (1997),Swansong (2001) and Is That All There Is? (2013).

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