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John Fogarty lives in Fethard, Co. Tipperary. He has had work published in a range of publications at home and abroad. He is also an actor and has taken roles in numerous productions, most notably in JB Priestley’s An Inspector Calls and in Reginald Rose’s Twelve Angry Men. He returned to education in 2002 and graduated from the University of Limerick in 2007 with a first class honours degree in English Literature. This is his first novel.

Scenes from an Indian Summer
a novel by John Fogarty
278pp, €12.00, ISBN 9781907017384

Beautifully written, story upon story.

 ‘A lovely storyteller, very laid-back … quirkily funny … there is a scene with a religious brother and a dachshund that lives long in the memory….if you wanted to capture a summer in the sixties John has done it magnificently,’

                                       Ferdia McAnna

‘Full of charm and humour yet realistic and philosophical. Wonderful writing, memorable characters.’
                         Adrienne Power  (Connect Magazine)

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Coming-of-age novel set in 1960s rural Ireland
Shortlisted for the John Murray Show/RTÉ Guide book prize.

As the summer holidays of 1963 begin Jonno Fitzgerald and The Valley gang build an Indian camp in a secret place close to the railway line. All winter long Jonno has dreamed of ‘summer, glorious summer’ and freedom from adult interference, escape from the prison of school.
The summer unfolds for Jonno in long days spent gallivanting and losing himself in a boy’s imaginary world.
But he discovers that there are barriers to enjoyment, impediments to dreams and even to the simple pleasures that he had anticipated.  
Over the summer his child-like view and expectation of what the world can offer is tempered.  He is touched by the terror and finality of death as someone close to him dies, the pain of parting as he witnesses his older brother, Paudie leave to work in a far away town and later abscond to London.  He is puzzled as older people show antipathy to difference in their attitudes to long hair and modish clothes.  He has an early encounter with disillusionment when Spikey, a one-time hero on holiday from London, turns out to be no different than anybody else beneath the long hair and modish clothes.  
He has to contend with the intimidating presence of the sergeant, and Lacey, the predatory neighbour, whose advances cast a cloud over his summer. And there are challenges that he never anticipated, the mundane, the boring everyday things that have to be dealt with:  heat, rain, the novelty wearing off things. The slow and subtle realisation that life is not always simple and uncomplicated. The end of summer will find him beginning to recognise the centrality of change in the world and that life will be all about subtle readjustments to ever-changing realities.