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John Cuffe

John Cuffe

John credits a trio of brilliant teachers for sparking his lifelong interest in history and English. “And my mother was a great reader; she encouraged me.” Before he entered the prison service, John trained as a…

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Emma Viskic

Writing is Emma’s first love, but she works as a classical clarinettist. For twenty years she performed in orchestras, and chamber music, playing anything from opera to Phantom of the Opera, from arena concerts with Jose…

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Debut Roundup November and December, 2017.

PUBLISHED BY BOOKS IRELAND S.A. Dunphy. After She Vanished. Hachette Books Ireland.  David Dunnigan is a mess. A criminology lecturer at Maynooth University, he also works as a consultant for the Garda special investigations unit in…

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John Banville

When John Banville first read A Portrait of a Lady, he fell in love. In his twenties at the time, mesmerised by James’s genius, he was enchanted by the style, innovation and restraint. But most of…

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Ken Follett

When Ken Follett left University College London in 1970, he had three choices of career. He’d been offered jobs by the consumer goods giant Unilever; by ICL, which was then considered the British equivalent of IBM;…

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Nicola Cassidy

Nicola read and wrote a lot as a child, because there was nothing else to do. After working in magazine journalism, she moved into PR, and worked in the Green Party Press Office. “I was there…

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Stephen Norman

Stephen Norman

Stephen worked for a start-up in Silicon Valley, and then in London. He turned it into a software company, ran it for 10 years, then sold it. “Then a friend, head of IT in a French…

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Emer McLysaght

Brought up near Kill, County Kildare, Emer worked in Phantom Radio until 2010, then, after a few months in Spain, she became a news reporter on the Journal.ie. “I moved into the entertainment section, Daily Edge,…

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Susan Ryan

Loving stories, Susan was always sure that she would write, one day. Meanwhile, she travelled, working on Paros in Greece, before moving to Germany, and then Australia. “I had crazy jobs there. I managed a cemetery…

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Nikki Hayes

When Nikki was young, her mum bought a receiver for world radio. “I listened to everything, and became fascinated,” says Nikki. “You could imagine what the people behind the voices looked like. They could be anything…

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Andrew Meehan

Andrew Meehan

In his twenties, Andrew worked as a TV researcher in Scotland, then, returning to Ireland, he worked in script development for a company led by Ed Guiney and David Collins. Then he became head of development…

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Felicia Yap

Brought up in Kuala Lumpur, Felicia has always liked the idea of writing; but she didn’t know what to write about. After her primary degree, she worked in a lab in Germany, as a radioactive cell…

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