Fintan O’Toole was born in Dublin in 1958.
His books include The Politics of Magic: The Work and Times of Tom Murphy (Dublin, Raven Arts Press, 1987); A Mass for Jesse James: A Journey Through 1980s Ireland (Raven Arts Press, 1990); Black Hole, Green Card: The Disappearance of Ireland (Dublin, New Island Books, 1994); Meanwhile Back at the Ranch: The Politics of Irish Beef (New Island Books, 1994); Macbeth & Hamlet (New Island Books, 1995); A Traitor’s Kiss: The Life of Richard Brinsley Sheridan (London, Granta Books/New York, Farrar Straus and Giroux, 1997); The Ex-Isle of Ireland: Images of a Global Ireland (New Island Books, 1997); The Lie of the Land (Dublin, New Island Books/London, Verso Books/New York, W W Norton, 1998); The Irish Times Book of the Century (Dublin, Gill & MacMillan, 1999); Shakespeare is Hard But So is Life (London, Granta Books, 2002); After The Ball ([TASC] New Island Books, 2003); Post Washington: Why America Can’t Rule the World ([with Tony Kinsella] New Island Books, 2005); White Savage: William Johnson and the Invention of America (London, Faber and Faber/New York, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005); The Irish Times Book of The 1916 Rising, 2006([with Shane Hegarty] Gill & Macmillan, 2006); Ship of Fools (London, Faber & Faber, 2010); and Enough is Enough (Faber & Faber, 2010).
A journalist with The Irish Times, he has worked in the US and China.
He lives in Dublin.
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