First published in 1941, An Beal Bocht is the only of Flann O'Brien's handful of novels written in Irish using the pen name Myles na gCopaleen. The novel was translated into English and published in 1973 as The Poor Mouth and has appeared in many other languages since.
The title comes from the Irish expression - 'putting on the poor mouth' - which means to exaggerate the direness of one's situation in order to gain time or favour from creditors.
Adaptation by Tom Collins, illustrated by John McCloskey. Published by Cló Mhaigh Eo.