This novel is published on behalf of Sligo Co Council who commissioned it, the first work of literature to be commissioned under the Irish Government's Per Cent for Art Scheme.
From the reviews of In the Wake of the Bagger:
This is one of the great books about Ireland …. full of astounding scenes …. a truly fabulous book. Don't miss it.
- Irish Independent
This first novel from the accomplished short story writer Jack Harte is truly a many-splendoured thing.
- Sunday Business Post
A gem of a book that demands to be read and flagged for its imaginative plotting, authentic characterization, and colloquially colourful dialogue.
- TUI News
- Scéal na Móna
The jewel in the crown of this book is Jack Harte's craftsmanship. This is a beautifully written book which deserves to be read again and again.
- Books Ireland
This is one of those beautiful books that you pick you and simply cannot put down until you have finished the very last word. Jack Harte hails from Sligo and this county forms the basis of this seriously interesting novel. We meet the Dowd family who are uprooted from their Sligo home to find work on the Bogs in the Midlands and the effect this has on the family. The story is well told with a wonderful sense of pathos and the text is measured and balanced. A true delight.
- Des Kenny's Christmas Selection - 2007
Note: Des Kenny included this novel in his guidebook as one of the '101 Irish Books you Must Read'
About the author
Jack Harte was born in Killeenduff, Co Sligo, grew up in Lanesboro, Co Longford, and now lives in Dublin. Harte’s short stories have long been acclaimed and his collection, ‘From Under Gogol’s Nose’, has been translated into Hindi, Bulgarian, and Russian. His novel, ‘In the wake of the Bagger’ was the first literary work to be commissioned under the Irish Government’s Per Cent for Art scheme. Such has been his popularity in Bulgaria that his second novel, ‘Reflections in a Tar-Barrel’ was published in Bulgarian translation a year before it appeared in English. His many jobs include bog labourer, dock worker, bus conductor, civil servant, teacher, and school principal. He founded the Irish Writers’ Union and the Irish Writers’ Centre - of which he is currently Chairman.