Joseph O’Connor image was born in Dublin in 1963.
His novels are Cowboys and Indians (London, Sinclair-Stevenson, 1991), which was short listed for The Whitbread Prize; Desperadoes (London, Flamingo, 1993); The Salesman (London, Secker & Warburg, 1998); Inishowen (Secker & Warburg, 2000); Star of the Sea (Secker & Warburg, 2002/New York, Harcourt Books, 2003); Redemption Falls (London, Harvill Secker, 2007/New York, Free Press, October 2007); Ghost Light (Harvill Secker/New York, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2010); and The Thrill Of It All (Harvill Secker, 2014).
His short stories are collected as True Believers (Sinclair–Stevenson, 1991); aned Where Have You Been? Stories and a Novella (London, Harvill Secker, 2012).
In 1994, he published a collection of comic essays, The Secret World Of The Irish Male (Dublin, New Island Books), which became a best seller in Ireland. His other non-fiction includes Even the Olives are Bleeding: The Life and Times of Charles Donnelly (Dublin, New Island Books, 1993); The Irish Male at Home and Abroad (Dublin, New Island Books, 1996); and Sweet Liberty: Travels in Irish America (London, Picador 1996).
His stage plays are Red Roses and Petrol (Dublin, Project Arts Centre, and nationwide tour, followed by Tricycle Theatre London, 1995 – published London, Metheun Drama, 1995); The Weeping of Angels (Dublin, Gate Theatre, 1997); and True Believers (Dublin, Fishamble Theatre Company, Andrews Lane Theatre).
His screenplays include A Stone of the Heart; The Long Way Home; and Ailsa.
Among his awards are The Sunday Tribune/Hennessy First Fiction and New Irish Writer of the Year Awards (1989), the Macauley Fellowship (1994), the Miramax Screenwriting Award (1995) the In Dublin Magazine Award for Best New Irish Play (1995); and a Fellowship to the New York Public Library’s Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers for 2005-2006.
Star of the Sea, which was published in 26 languages, received the Prix Littéraire Européan Madeleine Zepter for European Novel of the Year.
He lives in Dublin.
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