The Informer.

By Liam O'Flaherty

Printed: 1962

Publisher: The Folio Society. London

Edition: Second impression

Dimensions 15 × 24 × 3 cm

Language: English

Size (cminches): 15 x 24 x 3

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In a fitted box. Beige cloth with ‘the informer’ image binding with gilt title on the spine.

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  • A long out of print Folio edition

This is Liam O’Flaherty’s classic novel of a troubled Ireland divided by the chaos of civil war in the 1920’s . It is the story of an informer, damned with the curse of his country’s unforgivable sin, hunted by the shadowy executioners of an outlawed revolutionary organization.

Based on Liam O’Flaherty’s popular novel, this gripping thriller is set amongst a group of revolutionaries in the newly independent Ireland of 1922. When one of their number, Francis, kills the chief of police he goes on the run. But when he returns to say goodbyes to his mother and former lover he is cruelly betrayed by his one time friend, Gypo.

Liam O’Flaherty (28 August 1896 – 7 September 1984) was an Irish novelist and short-story writer, and one of the foremost socialist writers in the first part of the 20th century, writing about the common people’s experience and from their perspective.

Liam O’Flaherty served on the Western Front as a soldier in the British army’s Irish Guards regiment from 1916 and was badly injured in 1917. After the war, he was a founding member of the Communist Party of Ireland. His brother Tom Maidhc O’Flaherty (also a writer) was also involved in radical politics and their father, Maidhc Ó Flaithearta, was before them. A native Irish-speaker from the Gaeltacht, O’Flaherty wrote almost exclusively in English, except for a play, a notable collection of short stories and some poems in the Irish language.

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