The Auditor

Francis Hagan

About the book…

Mitteleuropa? Belfast? Francis Hagan's disturbing parabable is concerned with a dystopian future teetering on the brink of moral atrophy. 

Drawing from the paranoia of Franz Kafka, the political insight of George Orwell and the gifts of a natural thriller writer, the psychic and physical landscape of The Auditor is one of an authoritarian society turning in on itself, fracturing to produce a world of gang identity and social chaos corrupting to the very core what it is to be human.

Photo of the author, Francis Hagan

About the author…

Francis Hagan was born in 1955 in County Tyrone. He moved to Belfast as a young child and grew up in poverty on an estate at the foot of Cave Hill. 

He left school at 15 and after a series of retail jobs went to work in a tyre factory on the outskirts of the city. In the intervals between tending machines he read Marx, Freud and Nietzsche. For a time he became a union representative. He eventually read his way into the University of Ulster where he took a primary degree in English Literature. 

He completed an MA in Irish Writing at Queen’s University Belfast by submitting a thesis on Stewart Parker. He also took a teaching qualification and now teaches English in one of Northern Ireland’s leading integrated schools. For ten years he taught Creative Writing in a range of locations throughout Belfast to adult students, helping them get their work into print. Francis has published criticism, poetry and short stories. 

His first novel, The Auditor, is a futuristic parable about the ethical origins of the new Northern Irish state. His second novel, The Mill, a work in progress, is a follow-up audit. Joanne Savage, reviewing The Auditor, wrote: “…this is an original and deft novel that combines parable with artful probing of socio-political contexts. 

The language is beautifully economical – each line counts – and things move with a continental flavour. Hagan is a wise and hugely talented writer who straddles genres and moods without ever losing his balance. There is no one else writing fiction in Northern Ireland today quite like him.”