John McGahern was born in Dublin. He was the author of six highly acclaimed novels and four collections of short stories.
Amongst Women, which won both the GPA and the Irish Times Award, was shortlisted for the 1990 Booker Prize and made into a four-part BBC television series. His work has appeared in anthologies and has been translated into many languages. His last book, Memoir, was published in 2005. He was the recipient of numerous awards and honours, including a Society of Authors Travelling Scholarship, the American-Irish Award, the Prix Etrangère Ecureuil and the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.