I was born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1971, and studied English Literature at Trinity College, Dublin, and creative writing at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, where I was awarded the Curtis Brown prize.
I’ve published 9 novels for adults and five for younger readers, including The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas which was a New York Times no.1 Bestseller and was made into a Miramax feature film. It has sold more than 6 million copies worldwide.
I am also a regular book reviewer for The Irish Times and have been a judge for both the Hennessy Literary Awards and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. I am currently chair of the jury for the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize in Canada.
In 2012, I was awarded the Hennessy Literary ‘Hall of Fame’ Award for my body of work. I have also won 3 Irish Book Awards, for Children’s Book of the Year, People’s Choice Book of the Year and Short Story of the Year. I have won a number of international literary awards, including the Que Leer Award for Novel of the Year in Spain and the Gustav Heinemann Peace Prize in Germany. In 2015, I was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of East Anglia.
My novels are published in 48 languages.
My most recent adult novel, A HISTORY OF LONELINESS, is published in the UK by Doubleday and in the USA by Farrar Straus & Giroux.
My first collection of short stories, BENEATH THE EARTH, is published in the UK by Doubleday.
A new novel for younger readers, THE BOY AT THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN, was published in the UK/Ireland in October 2015 and will be available in the US and in foreign language editions during 2016.
- The Thief of Time (2000)
- The Congress of Rough Riders (2001)
- Crippen (2004)
- Next of Kin (2006)
- Mutiny On The Bounty (2008)
- The House of Special Purpose (2009)
- The Absolutist (2011)
- This House Is Haunted (2013)
- A History of Loneliness (2014)
NOVELS FOR YOUNGER READERS:
- The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (2006)
- Noah Barleywater Runs Away (2010)
- The Terrible Thing That Happened To Barnaby Brocket (2012)
- Stay Where You Are And Then Leave (2013)
- The Boy At The Top Of The Mountain (2015)
SHORT STORY COLLECTIONS:
- Beneath The Earth (2015)