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.
My early writing consisted mostly of short stories and the first one I published, The Entertainments Jar, was shortlisted for the Hennessy Literary Award in Ireland. Many of my stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies.
I’ve published 8 novels for adults and four 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.
My novels are published in 47 languages.
My most recent novel for young readers, STAY WHERE YOU ARE AND THEN LEAVE, is in bookshops now.
My next adult novel, A HISTORY OF LONELINESS, will be published in the UK in September 2014 (Doubleday) and in the USA in February 2014 (Farrar Strauss & Giroux).
I’m married – to a man, shock horror! – and live in Dublin.
- 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 (forthcoming, September 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)