There is little need to introduce the writing of Francis MacManus. For many years his books have charmed all who have gently relaxed into his world of Irish rural life. For over three decades, he wrote in English and Irish for publishers on both sides of the Atlantic. He has written essays, reviews, short stories, biographies, travel books, history and, above all, novels. The biographies range from the life of that Italian master of the sensual, Giovanni Boccaccio, to a life of the most austere of Irish saints, Columban of Bobbio. The novels also range over a wide area of human life - Ireland in the eighteenth century, New Mexico in the twentieth. Men Withering is centered around the life of the famous Irish poet, Donnacha Ruadh Mac Conmara. Francis MacManus was on the staff of Radio Éireann since 1947.