This authorized biography, with the help and blessing of Brian Moore and his wife Jean, pieces together the colourful and peripatetic life that lay behind his novels. It follows him from his childhood as one of nine children in a Catholic doctor's Belfast household to his role in World War II, travelling to Africa and war-ravaged Europe. Canada freed him to become a writer while it was in London in 1955 that he published his first novel, "The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne". The United States became his home and his reputation grew as a writer's writer, accessible to all but also revered for his literary feats.
Patricia Craig is an acclaimed anthologist and critic, whose works include the Oxford Books of DETECTIVE STORIES, MODERN WOMEN'S STORIES, TRAVEL STORIES and IRELAND; THE BELFAST ANTHOLOGY; ELIZABETH BOWEN (in the Penguin "Lives of Modern Women" Series); and (with Mary Cadogan), YOU'RE A BRICK, ANGELA! A NEW LOOK AT GIRLS' FICTION 1839-1975. A regular contributor to the TLS and INDEPENDENT, she was born in Belfast, lived in London for many years, and now lives in Co. Antrim, N. Ireland.