Patrick McGinley was born in Glencolmcille, Co. Donegal. He was educated at Galway University. Subsequently, he moved to London to work in book publishing. His novels include Bogmail (London, Martin Brian & O’Keeffe, 1978); Goosefoot (London, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1982); Fox Prints (London, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1983); Foggage (New York, St. Martin’s Press, 1983/London, Jonathan Cape 1984); The Trick of The Ga Bolga (Jonathan Cape, 1985); The Red Men (Jonathan Cape 1987); The Devil’s Diary (Jonathan Cape, 1988); and The Lost Soldier’s Song (London, Sinclair Stevenson, 1994). His Donegal childhood and boyhood are described in his memoir, That Unearthly Valley, published by New Island in 2011.