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Born in Dublin in 1979, Brian O'Driscoll is the most celebrated rugby player of our time. He has 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 is the author of four novels: The Man Who Forgot His Wife, May Contain Nuts, This Is Your Life and The Best a Man Can Get. His novels have been translated into over twenty languages and have been adapted for radio and television. 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 a political memoir, Things Can Only Get Better and three collections of his column inThe Guardian. A former comedy scriptwriter for such productions asSpitting Image, Room 101, Murder Most Horridand Chicken Run, he is founder of the satirical website NewsBiscuitand can occasionally be spotted on such TV programmes asGrumpy Old Men,Question Time and Have I Got News for You.
Catherine O'Flynn was born in 1970 and raised in Birmingham, the youngest of six children. Her parents ran a sweet shop. She worked briefly in journalism, then at a series of shopping centres. She has also been a web editor, a postwoman and a mystery shopper.
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 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.
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 is an explorer in the nineteenth-century mould. In addition to his four bestselling travel books, Into the Heart of Borneo, In Trouble Again, Congo Journey and Trawler, he has published scholarly works on nineteenth-century science and literature. 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.
Veronica O'Keane is professor of psychiatry and practising consultant psychiatrist at Trinity College Dublin. The Rag and Bone Shop is her first trade book.
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.
Bernard O'Mahoney is the author of a number of true-crime books, including the bestselling Essex Boys, The Dream Solution and Wannabe in my Gang? He has also written of his experiences in the army in Soldier of the Queen, and of his transition from Nazi thug to Nazi opponent in 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.
Gilda O'Neill was born and brought up in the East End and continued to live and write there with her husband and family. She left school at fifteen but returned to education as a mature student. She is the author of eleven novels. She has also had six non-fiction books published including the highly-acclaimed Sunday Times bestsellers, My East End: A History of Cockney London and Our Street: The East End at War. Sadly she died on 24 September 2010 after a short illness.
Dick Lehr (Author) Dick Lehr is a professor of journalism at Boston University and a former reporter at the Boston Globe. He is the author of several books, including the national bestseller and Edgar Award-winning Black Mass: Whitey Bulger, the FBI, and a Devil's Deal. Gerard O'Neill (Author) GERARD O'NEILL has won the Pulitzer Prize in journalism as well as many other national journalism awards. He was the longtime editor of the Boston Globe's award-winning investigative team. He co-authored Black Mass and also, with Lehr, The Underboss, as well as Rogues and Redeemers, a political history of the Boston Irish focusing on the city's most famous mayors.
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