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Eoin Colfer


Ireland (b.1965)

Eoin Colfer (pronounced Owen) was born in Wexford on the South-East coast of Ireland in 1965, where he and his four brothers were brought up by his father (an elementary school teacher, historian and artist of note) and mother (a drama teacher). He first developed an interest in writing in primary (elementary) school with gripping Viking stories inspired by history he was learning in school at the time!

After leaving school he got his degree from Dublin university and qualified as a primary school teacher, returning to work in Wexford. He married in 1991 and he and his wife spent about 4 years between 1992 and 1996 working in Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Italy. His first book, Benny and Omar, was published in 1998, based on his experiences in Tunisia; it has since been translated into many languages. A sequel followed in 1999, followed by some other books (see below). Then in 2001 the first Artemis Fowl book was published and he was able to resign from teaching and concentrate fully on writing.

He says, “I will keep writing until people stop reading or I run out of ideas. Hopefully neither of these will happen anytime soon. He lives in Ireland with his wife and two children.

Genres: Young Adult Fantasy, Children's Fiction, Science Fiction, Mystery, Young Adult Fiction
 
Eoin Colfer recommends
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The Love Bean (2002)
Siobhán Parkinson
"A gripping read - warm, wise and told with infinite skill."
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Doctor Illuminatus (2003)
(Alchemist's Son, book 1)
Martin Booth
"Frightfully real with quick-paced action."
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Gods and Their Machines (2004)
Oisín McGann
"Completely fantastical yet totally relevant."
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Troll Fell (2004)
(Troll, book 1)
Katherine Langrish
"... quirky and hypnotic... her characters are instantly recognizable as someone you know, or someone you wish you didn't."
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Zoo (2005)
Graham Marks
"It is a fantastic read and a real shot in the arm for YA literature. The format and character description made me feel like a teenage Londoner myself. Wishful thinking. I couldn't help casting the whole thing in my head as I went along. Can't wait for the premier."
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Tiger (2005)
(Five Ancestors, book 1)
Jeff Stone
"Tiger clips along at a lightning pace."
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The New Policeman (2005)
Kate Thompson
"Charming, seductive and completely enthralling..."
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The Black Book of Secrets (2007)
(Tales from the Sinister City, book 1)
F E Higgins
"Wonderful. Anyone looking for the next big thing has come to the right place. Higgins has created a uniquely grim fantasy world that more than holds its own with Dickens or Peake. Her characters are brilliantly realised and the story grabs at the reader with hooked talons."
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The Roar (2008)
(Roar , book 1)
Emma Clayton
"A fesh and exciting take on sci-fi."
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Violet Wings (2009)
(Zaria Tourmaline, book 1)
Victoria Hanley
"Zaria is the epitome of fairy girl power."
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Atomic Swarm (2010)
(Dot Robot, book 2)
Jason Bradbury
"THE BEST of a new breed of techno-thriller."
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The Left Hand of God (2010)
(Left Hand of God Trilogy, book 1)
Paul Hoffman
"Magnificent."
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New Town Soul (2010)
Dermot Bolger
"A beautifully crafted thriller."
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Aftershock (2011)
(H.I.V.E., book 7)
Mark Walden
"Artemis Fowl would fit perfectly at H.I.V.E."
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The Sleeping Army (2011)
(Mortal Gods, book 1)
Francesca Simon
"Breathtaking, magical storytelling. I loved this book."
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Scream Street 2 (2014)
(Scream Street)
Tommy Donbavand
"Exactly the sort of grisly, gross, and hilarious stuff that kids will love!."
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The Haunting Of Heck House (2014)
(Wiggins Weird, book 2)
Lesley Livingston and Jonathan Llyr
"A Pandora's box of screams and crackles. Readers will scream(for more)."
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The Blackthorn Key (2015)
(Blackthorn Key, book 1)
Kevin Sands
"Magic, adventure, and things that go boom-I love this book."
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They All Fall Down (2016)
Cat Hogan
"Ring-around-the-Rosie...someone wants to play...Who's not playing the game?...now someone must pay."
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The Ghosts Of Magnificent Children (2016)
Caroline Busher
"An excellent and original voice, with shades of Neil Gaiman and Lemony Snicket."
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The Beginning Woods (2016)
Malcolm McNeill
"I loved every word...Rich, funny and terrifying."
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The List (2017)
Patricia Forde
"The fantasy book of the year."
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The Relic War (2017)
(Daniel Coldstar, book 1)
Stel Pavlou
"Sci-fi has never been so much fun. I loved it!"
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Tin (2018)
Pádraig Kenny
"Robots never seemed so human. One of a kind and utterly fantastic."
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The Knight's Armor (2018)
(Ministry of SUITs, book 3)
Paul Gamble
"A zany explosion of hilarity."
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The Storm Keeper's Island (2018)
Catherine Doyle
"The Storm Keeper's Island will blow you away ... A magical new voice in fantasy. Wise, warm and wonderful."

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