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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.
 
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


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I'll Eat When I'm Dead (2017)
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"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)
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"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 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle (2018)
Stuart Turton
"Audaciously inventive, gripping and original."
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The Fandom (2018)
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"An ingenious idea, brilliantly realised. I cannot recommend THE FANDOM highly enough."
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The Storm Keeper's Island (2018)
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"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)
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"A razor-sharp retelling, perfectly capturing Becky’s scheming, ruthless and beguilingly charming spirit… An absolute delight."

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