BIOGRAPHY : JG Farrell: The Making of a Writer. By Lavinia Greacen. Cork University Press, 412pp, €25
‘The voyagers we cannot follow / are the most haunting . . .” I wrote some years ago, on glimpsing Beckett in the Luxembourg Gardens, in Paris. In the 1960s and 1970s I began to hear of a brilliant young novelist of possibly Irish background, called JG Farrell. Opinions about his character varied wildly, some contending that he had a sardonic wit, perhaps a legacy from being crippled by polio. While others praised his hospitality, his love of wine and his cooking. He was becoming a legend in his lifetime, and this newly expanded biography tries to track the legend down.