McNamee, Eoin

Eoin McNamee was born in Kilkeel, Co Down, in 1961.

Eoin McNamee
Eoin McNamee. Image source randomhouse.com

He has written two novellas, The Last of Deeds, (Raven Arts Press, Dublin),which was shortlisted for the 1989 Irish Times/Aer Lingus Award for Irish Literature; and Love in History.

His novels are Resurrection Man (London, Picador,1994); The Blue Tango (London, Faber & Faber, 2001); The Ultras (Faber & Faber, 2004); 12:23: Paris, 31 August 1997 (Faber & Faber, 2007); and Orchid Blue (Faber & Faber, 2010); and Blue is the Night (Faber & Faber, 2014), which completes his Blue Trilogy.

For juvenile readers he has published The Navigator (London, HarperCollins Children’s Books, 2006); and The City of Time (HarperCollins Children’s Books, 2008); The Ring of Five (London, Wendy Lamb Books, 2010); and The Unknown Spy (Wendy Lamb Books, 2011).

The film of Resurrection Man, for which he wrote the script, was released in 1998. He has also written the script for I Want You, directed by Michael Winterbottom.

He was awarded the Macauley Fellowship for Irish Literature in 1990.

He lives in Co Sligo.


Eoin McNamee at Random House
Eoin McNamee at The National Library of Ireland


One thought on “McNamee, Eoin

  1. McNamee’s a good, disturbing writer. He reminds me a bit of Ian Rankin. I read his novel about Robert Nairac (The Ultras) with interest, although I did not think that he got Nairac’s character right (I met him once). Nor do I now believe the story that Nairac’s body was minced in the meat factory. It’s probably buried near the murder site. I’d love to compare notes with Mr McNamee.

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