Pulitzer Prize winner Frank McCourt returns to Limerick following the success of his novel 'Angela's Ashes'.

'Angela's Ashes' written by Frank McCourt's is a best seller in Ireland, Britain, Germany and the book has sold its one millionth copy in the United States.

The author was back in Limerick today, the city where he spent a miserable, poverty-stricken childhood, that is graphically told in his prize winning novel 'Angela's Ashes'. Frank McCourt has been overwhelmed by his welcome home.

I didn't expect this book to be successful at all.

He has been surprised by the mixed reaction to the book in Limerick where some claim such poverty did not exist.

They don't know what they're talking about, unless you lived in the lanes of Limerick.

Those who grew up with Frank McCourt agree that the conditions were terrible in the city.

Frank McCourt was in Limerick for a book signing at Easons bookshop. At Easons, one of those who grew up in Limerick at the same time Cornelius Cleary, says that the poverty described in 'Angela's Ashes' was very real and those who did not experience it must have had their heads in the clouds.

He captured it graphically.

Tim McGuire, editor of the Star Tribune in Minneapolis also attended a book signing in Limerick and said that the book brought tears to his eyes.

Frank McCourt is now planning a book signing tour of Australia before embarking on his second novel which will deal with the psychological effects of growing up in poverty.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 3 July 1997. The reporter is Cathy Halloran.