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Absent Friend

Absent Friend


Absent Friend is a meditation on a thirty year friendship between Leonard Cohen and Irish writerJohn MacKenna. Through their letters, emails and MacKenna's exploration of his favourite Leonard Cohen songs, the book  builds a picture of a comradship that culminated in their creating Between Your Love and Mine, a requiem Mass for theatre, in the months before Leonard's death.


Few journalists or writers enjoyed Leonard's respect and trust as much as did John MacKenna. That trust is on full display in this book...Leonard would be pleased with John's efforts.

Robert Kory, Manager of Leonard Cohen.


Absent Friend is insightful, fond, poignant, respectful of Cohen and his work, beautifully written, a moving testament to friendship.

Theo Dorgan, Poet.