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Louise O'Neill


Louise O' Neill is from Clonakilty, in west Cork. After graduating with a BA in English Studies at Trinity College Dublin, she went on to complete a post-grad in Fashion Buying at DIT. Having spent a year in New York working for Kate Lanphear, the senior Style Director of ELLE magazine, she returned home to Ireland to write her first novel.
She went from hanging out on set with A-list celebrities to spending most of her days in pyjamas while she writes, and has never been happier.

Genres: General Fiction, Young Adult Fantasy, Young Adult Romance
YA Book Prize Best Young Adult winner (2015) : Only Ever Yours
YA Book Prize Best Young Adult nominee (2016) : Asking For It
Michael L. Printz Award Best Book nominee (2017) : Asking For It
YA Book Prize Best Young Adult nominee (2019) : The Surface Breaks: A Reimagining of The Little Mermaid

Louise O'Neill recommends
The Blood Miracles (2017)
Lisa McInerney
"Fast paced, compelling, and thrilling, Lisa McInerney writes the type of fiction that is both beautifully crafted and immensely enjoyable."
I'll Eat When I'm Dead (2017)
Barbara Bourland
"I can't put I'll Eat When I'm Dead down, I LOVE it. Biting, funny, and brilliantly subversive; Bourland's debut is like The Devil Wears Prada meets American Psycho."
The Party (2017)
Elizabeth Day
"Think Brideshead Revisited meets The Talented Mr Ripley with a dash of The Riot Club. I couldn't put it down."
Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling (2017)
(Aisling, book 1)
Sarah Breen and Emer McLysaght
"One of my fave novels of 2017. It really does remind me of Marian Keyes."
The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night (2017)
Jen Campbell
"I was hooked from the first sentence of the first story. They're so twisted and dark and a genuine pleasure to read ... so strange and magical."
The Fandom (2018)
(Fandom, book 1)
Anna Day
"An ingenious idea, brilliantly realised. I cannot recommend THE FANDOM highly enough."
The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle (2018)
Stuart Turton
"Audaciously inventive, gripping and original."
The Storm Keeper's Island (2018)
(Storm Keeper Quartet, book 1)
Catherine Doyle
"Gripping, poignant and beautifully written ... One of the most exciting books for children that I have read in years and seems destined to become a modern classic."
The Rise and Fall of Becky Sharp (2018)
Sarra Manning
"A razor-sharp retelling, perfectly capturing Becky’s scheming, ruthless and beguilingly charming spirit… An absolute delight."
The Hunting Party (2018)
Lucy Foley
"Gripping and exciting and wonderfully written, of course, with such incredible characters and a wonderful twist that I really didn’t see coming. I bloody loved it."
Don't You Forget About Me (2019)
Mhairi McFarlane
"Wildly funny and wildly romantic… Another wonderful novel from an author at the top of her game."
A River in the Trees (2019)
Jacqueline O'Mahony
"A fierce, beautifully written story."
Last Ones Left Alive (2019)
Sarah Davis-Goff
"Kept me up until 2am. A triumph. A confident, assured debut from one of the most exciting new voices on the Irish literary scene."
Queenie (2019)
Candice Carty-Williams
"Queenie has all the things you want in a debut novel—a startlingly fresh voice, characters you fall in love with from the very first page, and a joyous turn of phrase that makes this book almost impossible to put down. In turns hilariously funny and quietly devastating, Queenie is an important, timely story."
The Flatshare (2019)
Beth O'Leary
"I finished The Flatshare in one sitting - it is, as promised, incredibly uplifting and joyous. I spent the last few hours with a massive smile on my face. I have fallen head over heels in love with Tiffy and Leon, and indeed with this book."
The Confession (2019)
Jessie Burton
"A beautiful novel and one that will stay with me for a very long time."
Glass Houses (2020)
Melanie Murphy
"Moving and unexpected and compassionate."
Scenes of a Graphic Nature (2020)
Caroline O'Donoghue
"With Scenes Of A Graphic Nature, Caroline O'Donoghue establishes herself as one of the most exciting young Irish writers on the literary scene. Her acerbic wit is matched by her sharp-eyed observations, resulting in a piece of fiction that is dark, gripping, and beautifully written."
Blood Moon (2020)
Lucy Cuthew
"Blood Moon is one of the best YA debuts I've read in years. Moving, compelling and bold, it filled me with such hope. It's a very special book."
Finders, Keepers (2020)
Sabine Durrant
"Elegant and astute, Finders Keepers is truly gripping."
Olive (2020)
Emma Gannon
"Honest, relatable, and incredibly real, Olive is going to resonate with an entire generation of young women."
Tennis Lessons (2020)
Susannah Dickey
"A raw, fierce, shockingly honest coming-of-age story."
Girl A (2021)
Abigail Dean
"Girl A isn’t just an astonishingly accomplished debut novel, it’s a masterpiece."
If I Disappear (2021)
Eliza Jane Brazier
"A fascinating, twisty, beautifully written tale with an unforgettable premise and an ending you won't see coming...a delight from start to finish."
Insatiable (2021)
Daisy Buchanan
"Filthy, funny, and raw, Insatiable is utterly addictive."
House of Hollow (2021)
Krystal Sutherland
"This dark, deliciously twisted novel has everything you could hope for as a reader—a brilliant concept, glamorous characters with secrets to hide, immersive world-building, and some of the finest writing I’ve seen in YA fiction. I’ll put it like this—I am obsessed with House of Hollow."
Snowflake (2021)
Louise Nealon
"Snowflake is a beautiful novel; tender, laugh-out-loud funny, and deeply moving."
Holding Her Breath (2021)
Eimear Ryan
"A beautiful coming-of-age story told with impressive skill and lightness of touch. It marks the arrival of an exciting new voice on the Irish literary scene, one whom I can't wait to hear more from. I absolutely loved it."
Voyeur (2021)
Francesca Reece
"Unsettling, addictive, and razor-sharp, Francesca Reece is a devastatingly compelling new voice in literary fiction."
Reputation (2021)
Lex Croucher
"I had so much fun reading Reputation. It's a total blast."
The Impossible Truths of Love (2021)
Hannah Beckerman
"This is such a beautiful book. Moving, poignant, and compassionate, it forces the reader to consider how far they would go to protect the ones they love."
The Herd (2022)
Emily Edwards
"Insightful, compassionate and nuanced. The Herd is so good."
These Days (2022)
Lucy Caldwell
"Beautiful, lyrical, and deeply moving, These Days is a wonderful novel."
Welcome to Your Life (2022)
Bethany Rutter
"Heart-warming, funny, and inspiring - A joy."
Nobody But Us (2022)
Laure Van Rensburg
"Brutal, tense, and utterly compelling, Laure Van Rensburg is an electrifying new voice."
The Snag List (2022)
Sophie White
"Laugh-out-loud funny, sharp as a tack and compulsively readable ... I loved it."
Her Majesty's Royal Coven (2022)
(HMRC, book 1)
Juno Dawson
"HMRC is such a joy to read - the world building is incredible, the writing sophisticated, and the exploration of gender and identity is done with nuance and care. Utterly compelling."
The Key to My Heart (2022)
Lia Louis
"Gloriously romantic and very funny, this delightful book is not to be missed."
No Accident (2022)
Laura Bates
"Laura Bates is one of the most important feminist voices we have and The Trial is engaging and clever, thought-provoking and thrilling. I inhaled it in one sitting."
Strange Sally Diamond (2023)
Liz Nugent
"Twisted, shocking, and very, very, dark, Liz Nugent has created a character for the ages in Strange Sally Diamond."
In a Thousand Different Ways (2023)
Cecelia Ahern
"Beautiful, moving and unexpected, In a Thousand Different ways is an unforgettable story. This is Cecelia Ahern at her very best."

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