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Louise O'Neill


(b.1985)

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: Young Adult Fantasy, Young Adult Romance
 
Awards
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


Louise O'Neill recommends
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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."
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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."
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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."
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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."
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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."
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The Fandom (2018)
(Fandom, book 1)
Anna Day
"An ingenious idea, brilliantly realised. I cannot recommend THE FANDOM highly enough."
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The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle (2018)
Stuart Turton
"Audaciously inventive, gripping and original."
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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."
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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."
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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."
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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."
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A River in the Trees (2019)
Jacqueline O'Mahony
"A fierce, beautifully written story."
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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."
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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."
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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."

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