REVIEW by Niall Griffiths

NWR Issue 100

Séan Tyrone: A Symphony or Horrors

by Mark Ryan

The blurb of Mark Ryan’s first, and now only, novel tells me that he was in Adam and the Ants. This was the first band I went to see, all punked up, at the age of fourteen or so, in Liverpool Royal Court, although apparently Ryan was kicked out in 1977 and so wouldn’t have been in the line-up I saw. The author lived in Cardiff part of his life, wrote plays and children’s books and became something of a maverick figure in the city’s cultural landscape. Seán Tyrone began as a play, and Mark Ryan died at fifty- one as he was completing its novelisation. His cause of death is not a matter of public record, but it was awfully premature...

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