Mary Morrissy was born in Dublin in 1957.
She has published one collection of short stories, A Lazy Eye (London, Jonathan Cape/ New York, Scribner, 1993).
Her novels are Mother of Pearl (Scribner, 1995/Jonathan Cape, 1996); The Pretender (Jonathan Cape, 2000); and The Rising of Bella Casey (Dublin, Brandon, 2013).
She won a Hennessy Award for short fiction in 1984, a Lannan Literary Prize in 1995, and was shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize in 1996.
She lives in Dublin.