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Alison Healy

As a child Alison wanted to be Enid Blighton. “I practised her signature. It’s always been at the back of my mind to write a children’s book.”  Alison grew up on a small farm in County…

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Books Ireland Debut Roundup, May 2018

The Ruin Dervla McTiernan. Sphere. Garda Cormac Reilly feels stuck. Thirty years into a promising career, he leaves his job in the Special Detective Unit’s anti-terrorist division in Dublin, and follows his scientist wife, Emma, to…

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Kevin Doyle

Following a degree, and a Masters in Science, Kevin worked in the chemical industry for five years, before moving to the United States. “I was considering taking another degree, but I wasn’t sure it was what…

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Cormac O’Keefe

Cormac started his career in journalism when he was at university, editing first, ‘Probe,’ then the UCD Student Union News. “I then worked for Big Issue for a year, before returning to university to take a…

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Catherine Ryan Howard

The day Catherine Ryan Howard signed her first ever book deal started well. Rising at four, she flew to London, and celebrated with her new publishers over several glasses of champagne. She was in seventh heaven….

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AJ Pearce

When AJ was a teenager, she wanted to be a poet. “I wrote very bad poems. I loved writing stories, too, and going to the library. I was a very bookish child.” AJ Worked in marketing….

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Paula Byrne

From a large, Catholic family, Paula started her working life as a schoolteacher. “I taught A Level English in an all boys grammar school, and then at a college of education.” Turning to academia, she gained…

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Writers for Repeal

It’s been quite a week in Ireland. After a sometimes divisive campaign, we voted, overwhelmingly to repeal the eighth, and put an end to years of sadness for Irish women, forced to leave their country to…

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Mark O’Connell

The Irish journalist, Mark O’Connell, has been shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize – which is worth a whopping £30,000.  Awarded for a book that engages with medicine, his debut, To Be a Machine, has already…

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Beau Donnelly

In March 2015, Beau Donnelly, a young reporter with the Melbourne based newspaper, The Age, got a scoop. Friends of a wellness guru, Belle Gibson, told him they believed that the young woman was a fraud….

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Louise O’Neill

When I first met the novelist Louise O’Neill in 2014, she had just released Only Ever Yours, her dystopian YA debut, and was reading in the Bantry Bookshop. Attending, I was impressed with her charm and…

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Tara Westover

Following a dysfunctional childhood, Tara embraced education. In 2014, after ten years as an academic, she moved from Cambridge to London to write a memoir. But after concentrating on academic writing for ten years, she had…

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