The author, John Throne - a native of Lifford, Co. Donegal, has spent most of his 62 years involved in the labour movement as a socialist organiser. He first became active in the Derry events of 1968 and later moved to Dublin where he became one of the central figures on the left of the Labour Party and a member of its Administrative Council. Among the many he recruited to socialist politics was now TD Joe Higgins.
For the last decade he has lived in Chicago. The Donegal Woman is his first novel.