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Based on a notorious clerical scandal in Victorian Ireland, The Big Chapel by Thomas Kilroy deals with the indelible essence of humanity and the dangers of adhering to ideological dogma. It is striking in its range, from the anguished interiors of its characters to the rich, panoramic glimpses of the community at large. Nominated for the Booker Prize upon its release in 1971, and winner of several awards, including the Guardian Fiction Prize and the Heinemann Prize, The Big Chapel is one of the great Irish novels. Part of the Liberties Revival series, this novel depicts life in an Ireland ensconced in clerical power, and still resonates with the Irish experience today. Thomas Kilroy has written an anatomy of religious, dogmatic violence that remains strikingly relevant. In scenes that range from the private and reflective to the panorama of a whole community in convulsion he draws upon a deep knowledge of the history and folklore of the time and place. While there is a great deal of humor in The Big Chapel, it is a work of tragic proportions and its array of characters remains with the reader. Father Lannigan, the anguished demagogue haunted by the implications of his own revolution. Master Scully, a man unable to choose at a time when all men are faced by choice. And Horace Percy Butler, landlord and amateur scientist, a tragic comic character who is quite unlike anyone else in Irish fiction whose journal, in itself a remarkable feat of writing, punctuates the novel.
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A novelist and playwright, Thomas Kilroy has had a long, illustrious career. The Big Chapel, was nominated for the Booker Prize and won the Guardian Fiction Prize and the Heinemann Prize. In February 2008 he was presented with the PEN Ireland Cross Award for his contribution to literature. His plays include The Death and Resurrection of Mr Roche, Double Cross, The Madam MacAdam Travelling Theatre, and The Secret Fall of Constance Wilde. Thomas was a board member of the Field Day Theatre Company founded by Brian Friel and Stephen Rea. His last play Christ Deliver Us! was given its first production by the Abbey Theatre in February 2010.
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Book Description Faber and Faber Ltd, 1972. Hardcover. Condition: Used: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: 2. Black paper over boards with silver lettering on spine. Tightly bound, clean and unmarked. Green dust jacket has some light wear but looks great, protected in removable Brodart cover. 1972 printing. Seller Inventory # X5Bm-26371
Book Description Hardback. Condition: Fair. A readable copy of the book which may include some defects such as highlighting and notes. Cover and pages may be creased and show discolouration. Seller Inventory # GOR003285262
Book Description Faber and Faber Ltd, London, 1971. Hardcover. Very Good in a Very Good price clipped dust jacket, a few staining spots to rear panel. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; Original dust jacket protected by archival Brodart cover. All domestic orders shipped protected in a Box. Seller Inventory # 38523
Book Description Faber & Faber. Condition: Very Good. 1971. Hardcover. 1st edition. Clean copy with minor shelf wear. Fine in fine dustjacket. Price clipped. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Seller Inventory # KOC0018677
Book Description Faber & Faber, 1971. Condition: Very Good. 1971. Hardcover. 1st edition. Clean copy with minor shelf wear. Fine in fine dustjacket. Price clipped. . . . . Seller Inventory # KOC0018677
Book Description Faber and Faber Ltd, 1971. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. the jacket is shelf rubbed and there are a few small closed tears. the book has a previous owner's gift inscription. the binding is excellent. Seller Inventory # xd68
Book Description Faber & Faber, London, United Kingdom, 1971. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good +. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good +. 1st Edition. First UK Edition.First Printing, This is a true first edition, first printing (first impression) with no reprint statement to the copyright page. A very good plus first state jacket which is not priceclipped, small closed tears to top two corners and light rubbing. Shortlisted for the 1971 Booker Prize. Signed by Thomas Kilroy to the title page. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 006111
Book Description Faber and Faber, London, 1971. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. Faber and Faber 1971, First Edition first impression. Signed and inscribed by author to title page ' For John with great admiration Tom'. Near Fine with slight lean, slight creasing to bottom of spine, small marks to ffep and very slight edge toning in VG+ unclipped unfaded dustjacket with chipping to top and bottom of spine and corners, slight edgewear and light browning to back cover and foldovers. A tight copy that appears to be unread, in clear removable protective sleeve. Inscribed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 000255
Book Description London, Faber and Faber Ltd., 1971. First Edition. 20.6cm x 13.6cm. 254 pages. Original Hardcover with original dustjacket. Very good condition with only minor signs of external wear and some minor staining to the dustjacket only. Inscribed / signed by Thomas Kilroy on the endpaper. Very Rare and wonderful collectable ! Thomas F. Kilroy (born 23 September 1934) is an Irish playwright and novelist. He was born in Green Street, Callan, County Kilkenny and studied at University College, Dublin. In his early career he was play editor at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. In the 1980s, he sat on the board of Field Day Theatre Company, founded by Brian Friel and Stephen Rea in 1980, and was Director of its touring company. He became Professor of English in University College, Galway, a post from which he resigned in 1989 to concentrate on writing. He now lives in County Mayo and is a member of the Irish Academy of Letters, the Royal Society of Literature, and Aosdána. (Wikipedia). Seller Inventory # 42964AB
Book Description London; Faber;, 1971. First edition, first printing. Shortlisted for the Booker prize. Signed by the author, with an inscription, on the front free endpaper and dated 1972. Laid in are various Irish press cuttings etc. relating to the author. Near fine, slightly loose, in a near fine price dustjacket covered by loose fitting protective plastic. Seller Inventory # 21019