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John O'Farrell is the bestselling author of three novels: The Best A Man Can Get, This is Your Life and most recently May Contain Nuts, a satire on the competitive madness of modern parenthood, which he has just passed on to his ten-year-old daughter because she really ought to be reading grown-up novels by now. He has published two previous collections of columns, Global Village Idiot and I Blame the Scapegoats, as well as the political memoir Things Can Only Get Better. He is the editor of Britain's most popular satirical website NewsBiscuit and regularly appears on TV and radio on programmes such as Have I Got News For You and Grumpy Old Men. His work has been translated into over twenty languages, although how the gags work in Norwegian is anyone's guess. His new book, An Utterly Impartial History of Britain(or 2000 Years of Upper Class Idiots In Charge), is now available from Doubleday. He lives in London with his wife and two children.
Catherine O'Flynn was born in 1970 and raised in Birmingham, the youngest of six children. Her debut novel, What Was Lost, won the Costa First Novel Award, was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and was longlisted for the Booker and Orange Prizes. Her second novel, The News Where You Are, was shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize and an Edgar Allen Poe Award.
Ronan O'Gara was born in 1977 in California. He was a star player at Presentation Brothers College, University College Cork and Cork Constitution, and soon became a key member of the Irish national rugby squad. Since making his international debut in 2000, O'Gara has gone on to win more than 90 caps and score more than 900 points for Ireland. He was the leading points scorer in the Six Nations championship in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009, winning three Triple Crowns and one Grand Slam, and won the Heineken Cup with Munster in 2006 and 2008.
Timothy O'Grady was born in the USA and has lived in Ireland, London and Spain. He is the author (with Kenneth Griffith) of Curious Journey: An Oral History of Ireland's Unfinished Revolution, and the novels Motherland, which won the David Higham award for the best first novel in 1989, and I Could Read the Sky, which won the Encore award for best second novel of 1997. His book On Golf was published by Yellow Jersey to superb reviews in 2003.
Paul O'Grady first came to fame in the guise of Lily Savage, and was nominated for a Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Festival in 1991. Lily later became a regular on This Morning, took over the bed on The Big Breakfast and presented Blankety Blank, but has now retired (reportedly). Paul, of course, went on to further success presenting his chat shows on Channel 4 and ITV, For the Love of Dogs and Animal Orphans on ITV, and his weekly show on BBC Radio 2, inter alia. His four volumes of autobiography - At My Mother's Knee, The Devil Rides Out, Still Standing and Open the Cage, Murphy - were all Sunday Times bestsellers.
Father David Delargy, Father Eugene O'Hagan and Father Martin O'Hagan - known collectively as The Priests - live and work in Belfast and have, since signing a record-breaking deal with Sony in 2008, performed in concerts throughout the world. Their debut album sold more than 1,000,000 in just four weeks, was nominated for a Classical Brit Award and was No.1 on the Classic FM Charts for more than 15 weeks. This is their first book.
Monica Ali: Granta's 2003 Best of Young British; Brick Lane was a Sunday Times bestseller; Irvine Welsh: Trainspotting, Filth, Porno; Tony Hawks: Round Ireland with a Fridge, Playing the Moldovans at Tennis, One Hit Wonderland; Victoria Glendinning: biographies of Anthony Trollope, Vita Sackville-West and Rebecca West and novels, The Grown Ups, Electricity, Flight; Jenny Colgan: best-selling chick-lit novelist including Amanda's Wedding and Looking For Andrew McCarthy. Simon Garfield: prize-winning journalist The Nation's Favourite: The True Adventures of Radio 1, Mauve, Last Journey of William Huskisson; Bill Deedes: distinguished journalist, recently author of 'At War with Waugh'; Colm Toibin: celebrated Irish author The South, The Heather Blazing, The Blackwater Lightship shortlisted for Booker; Michael Atherton: former captain of the England cricket team, bestselling autobiography Opening Up; Bella Bathurst: regular contributor to The Guardian and author of both highly acclaimed non-fiction, The Lighthouse Stevensons, and fiction, Special; Edited by Andrew O'Hagan Our Father shortlisted for Booker & Whitbread, latest novel Personality, Granta 2003 Best Young British Writer.
Liese O’Halloran Schwarz published her first novel, Near Canaan, while she was studying at medical school. Her second novel, The Possible World, was published nearly thirty years later. She currently lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Redmond O'Hanlon has written three bestselling, highly acclaimed travel books: Into the Heart of Borneo, In Trouble Again and Congo Journey. For fifteen years he was the Natural History editor of The Times Literary Supplement. He lives outside Oxford with his wife and two children.
John O'Hara was born in Pennsylvania on 31 January 1905. His first novel, Appointment in Samarra (1934), won him instant acclaim, and he quickly came to be regarded as one of the most prominent writers in America. He won the National Book Award for his novel Ten North Frederick and had more stories published in the New Yorker than anyone in the history of the magazine. His fourteen novels include A Rage to Live, Pal Joey, BUtterfield 8 and From the Terrace. John O'Hara died on 11 April 1970.
Natalia and Lauren are two sisters from the North of England. In the daytime they edit scripts and design sets, and at night they draw and write together. As children they loved fairytales, animal fables and the stories their Polish grandmother told on snowy nights. Hortense and the Shadow is their first picture book.
Brian O'Kane is managing director of Oak Tree Press, Ireland's leading business book publisher. He is also the author of Starting a Business in Ireland.
Paul O'Keeffe is a freelance lecturer and writer based in Liverpool. He gained his Ph. D. with a scholarly edition of Wyndham Lewis's Tarr.
Scarlett O'Kelly is an ordinary middle-class mum of three. Though she is no longer doing escort work, the lessons she learned from it, and the insights she gained into other people 's lives, are invaluable and she has no regrets.
Ed O'Loughlin was born in Toronto and raised in Ireland. He reported from Africa for the Irish Times and other papers, and was Middle East correspondent for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age of Melbourne. Not Untrue and Not Unkind is his first novel.
Lew Yates is a former unlicensed boxer who has also worked as a nightclub bouncer and civil engineer. He lives in Cambridgeshire. Bernard O'Mahoney is the author of several true-crime books, including the bestselling Essex Boys, Bonded by Blood and Hateland.
Michael O'Malley, Ph.D., is a social psychologist and management consultant who has coached some of the world's largest companies. He is currently the executive editor for business, economics, and law at Yale University Press and an adjunct professor at Columbia Business School. He has been an avid beekeeper since 2002. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut.
Shane O’Mara is Professor of Experimental Brain Research at Trinity College Dublin - the University of Dublin. He is Principal Investigator in, and was Director of the Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience, one of Europe’s leading research centres for neuroscience. He is also a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator and a Science Foundation Ireland Principal Investigator. He is the author of two previous books, Why Torture Doesn’t Work: The Neuroscience of Interrogation and A Brain for Business – A Brain for Life. He has also written many scientific papers, as well as for the newspapers and magazines. He loves to walk wherever and whenever he can, with long urban walks in any walkable city a particular favourite. @smomara1 www.shaneomara.com
Cathy O'Neil is a data scientist and author of the blog mathbabe.org. She earned a Ph.D. in mathematics from Harvard and taught at Barnard College before moving to the private sector, where she worked for the hedge fund D. E. Shaw. She then worked as a data scientist at various start-ups, building models that predict people's purchases and clicks. O'Neil started the Lede Program in Data Journalism at Columbia and is the author of Doing Data Science. She appears weekly on the Slate Money podcast.
Eugene O'Neill was born in New York City in 1888 and died in Boston in 1953. One of America's greatest playwrights, he was three times awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1936.
Jason Peter was an NFL first-round draft pick by the Carolina Panthers, where he played for five years. He is now married and lives in Lincoln, Nebraska, where he co-hosts a radio programme for ESPN. Tony O'Neill is a poet and novelist, whose books include Digging the Vein and Songs from the Shooting Gallery. He lives in New York.
James O'Neill (Author) James O’Neill has written comedy and drama, for stage, radio and TV. Credits include Big Train and Lenny Henry In Pieces for BBC TV, and a host of plays, series and adaptations for BBC Radio 4. With the help of an Arts Council bursary, he has recently finished his début novel, Sturgeon Landing. Originally from Ireland, James now lives in Gloucestershire with his wife, their two boys, and a thoroughly uncooperative dog. The Wolf Who Cried Boy is James' first picture book. Russell Ayto (Illustrator) Russell Ayto was born in Chichester, Sussex and brought up in Oxfordshire. The thing he loves best is the chance to be creative and use his imagination to make characters come to life. He has illustrated many picture books and been shortlisted for the Nestle Award, the Mother Goose Award and the Blue Peter Book Awards, and won the 2008 inaugural Roald Dahl Funny Prize for The Witch's Children Go to School.
Jim O'Neill is Chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset Management. He joined Goldman Sachs in 1995, rising to chief economist, and in 2001 he led the team that conducted the original BRIC analysis. He is a member of the boards of the UK Royal Economic Society, Itinera and Bruegel, and also chairman of the charity SHINE. He has a lifelong passion for Manchester United FC, and has served as a non-executive director of the club's board.
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