Agent: Isobel Dixon
Biography: Joseph O'Connor was born in Dublin. His books include the novels COWBOYS AND INDIANS (Whitbread Prize shortlist), DESPERADOES, THE SALESMAN and most recently, SHADOWPLAY. He has also published biography, short stories and has written several successful plays. He is the inaugural Frank McCourt Chair in Creative Writing at the University of Limerick.
GHOST LIGHT was chosen as Dublin's 'One City, One Book' for April 2011, designed to encourage everyone in the city to read the same book.
STAR OF THE SEA received international acclaim. A number one bestseller in Britain and Ireland, it won the Prix Littéraire Européen Madeleine Zepter for European Novel of the Year, the Hennessy/Sunday Tribune 'Hall of Fame' Award, Italy's Premio Giuseppe Acerbi for New Literature, France's Prix Millepages for Foreign Fiction, and was included on the New York Public Library's prestigious annual 'Books to Remember' list, for works deemed by a panel of critics to be of literary excellence. It was a 'New York Times Notable Book of the Year', runner-up in the readers' poll for 'Best Read of 2004' on British television's Richard and Judy Book Club, and nominated for the International IMPAC Literary Award. Published in dozens of languages, it was the highest selling novel of 2004 in the UK.
‘As I read, I found myself going more and more slowly, because I didn’t want to miss a single sentence. I found myself calling friends and reading passages aloud to them over the phone. This is a rare experience indeed. It is a rare and wonderful book.’ - Michael Cunningham, author of THE HOURS
'A brilliant novel.' - Joseph O'Neill, author of NETHERLAND
'O'Connor writes with such passion, such precision, such beautiful sentences, with such an ear for language.' - Bob Geldof