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Born in Dublin in 1979, Brian O'Driscoll is the most celebrated rugby player of our time. He won three Heineken Cups with Leinster, two Six Nations championships with Ireland, and toured four times with the British and Irish Lions, including as captain in 2005.
John O'Farrell's first book was a bestselling memoir, Things Can Only Get Better. Since then he has published five novels: The Man Who Forgot His Wife, May Contain Nuts, This Is Your Life, The Best a Man Can Get and most recently There's Only Two David Beckhams. He has also written two best-selling history books: An Utterly Impartial History of Britain and An Utterly Exasperated History of Modern Britain, as well as three collections of journalism from his Guardian columns. His books have been translated into over twenty-five languages and have been adapted for radio and television. A former comedy scriptwriter for such productions as Spitting Image, Room 101, Have I Got News For You, Murder Most Horrid and Chicken Run, he is founder of the UK's first daily news satire website NewsBiscuit and more recently co-wrote the Broadway musical Something Rotten!
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 Sacramento, California, and educated at Presentation Brothers College and University College Cork, captaining Pres to the Munster Junior and Senior Schools Cup and winning an All-Ireland Under-20 winners' medal with UCC in 1996. For over a decade he played at out-half for Munster and Ireland, winning two Heineken Cups and the Grand Slam, and was a member of the British & Irish Lions touring teams in 2001, 2005 and 2009. O'Gara announced his playing retirement in May 2013 as the most capped player and all-time highest scorer for both Munster and Ireland, while also holding the Heineken Cup record for points. He is now assistant coach at Paris-based Racing Metro. Gerry Thornley has been the rugby correspondent of the Irish Times since 1997 and is a regular contributor and rugby analyst on both television and radio. His previous book Trevor Brennan: Heart and Soul (Red Rock Press) won the William Hill Irish Sports Book of the Year in 2007.
Timothy O'Grady is the author of two novels and two works of non-fiction. He lives in Valencia.
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.
All of the writers are bestselling authors and critically acclaimed.
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. Their latest album will be released in Autumn 2009.
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's acclaimed books include biograhies of Wyndham Lewis (Some Sort of Genius, 2000) and Benjamin Robert Haydon (A Genius for Failure, 2009). He lives in Liverpool.
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.
Bernard O'Mahoney is the bestselling author of Essex Boys, Essex Boys: The New Generation, Bonded by Blood and numerous other acclaimed true-crime titles. He lives in Birmingham.
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.
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