John Broderick: ‘a fugitive from a superior civilisation’

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Article appeared in The Irish Times, Friday, February 23, 2018.

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The Athlone writer John Broderick is never celebrated in Ireland to the extent that his literary talents deserve. It is true that his work is not of a uniformly high quality, but when he wrote well, he was extremely good, as good as any writer of his generation. However, when he was bad, it could be excruciating, with authorial interventions and emotive outbursts against his pet hates commonplace.