Ballymahon author pays tribute to John McGahern after winning prize

Ballymahon author Adrian Duncan has paid tribute to Leitrim author John McGahern, having won the inaugural Book Prize in his name.

The award from the University of Liverpool’s Institute, was for his novel, Love Notes from a German Building Site with judges including the University Vice-Chancellor Dame Professor Janet Beer and Brooklyn author Colm Toíbín.

It tells the story of an Irishman working on a construction site in Berlin, and his relationship with his partner Eyelyn.

Adrian is currently based in Berlin and has published a second book earlier this year, A Sabbatical in Leipzig.

He says he has great admiration for McGahern’s work.