McCawley Grange was born in York in 1940. At the age of ten he emigrated with his family to County Wicklow, Eire, whereupon the family began to suffer financial hardship. Leaving school at thirteen years of age he worked in the building trade, then as a hotel worker and gardener and on his return to York in 1956, successively as a linesman, factory worker and builder.
At age seventeen, following a row with his father, he left home for London, where for a time he lived and worked with the Irish labouring fraternity. Returning to York, he joined the Fire Service in 1962 and after twenty-five years left the service with the rank of Assistant Divisional Officer. Following this, he spent two years with the Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) organization building ‘low cost’ housing in Kenya.
Now retired, he lives in York with his wife, two children and four grandchildren employing much of his time playing golf and writing. Some Lessons in Gaelic is his first book.
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Shula and the Goats from Tala
by McCawley Grange
Kenya, 1974: in a giant country beneath a giant sky can a ghost girl emerge from the hate and vengeance of a colonial horror story to restore humour, love and decency to the human spirit? Charlie wants to find a woman to become his wife – he finds three candidates. Can Charlie win Jennifer or Esmeralda, or rescue Aisha from Freddie and the squalid shanti-town in which she lives?
Some Lessons In Gaelic
by McCawley Grange
When an eleven-year-old English boy arrives in Southern Ireland, walking on his hands and quoting Shakespeare, the natives begin to treat him with suspicion. The town he finds himself in is a small mid-century (1950) maelstrom of snobbery, nationalism, sexual repression and quaint quintessential Irish intolerance, presided over by a clergy, discharging duties of guidance and tutelage.
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