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Patrick MacGill (1889-1963) was an Irish journalist, poet and novelist, known as "The Navvy Poet" because he had worked as a "navvy" (itinerant labourer) before he began writing. At the age of 19 years he self-published eight thousand copies of a small book (56pp) printed by The Derry Journal which he called Gleanings from a Navvy's Scrapbook (1910). The following year Patrick was working as a journalist for the London Daily Express. Then he published his first novel Children of the Dead End (1914), of which 10,000 copies were printed in March 1914; Described as 'un nuovo grande astro della litteratura inglese' in La Stampa.