Joseph O'Connor





Joseph O'Connor


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in Dublin, Ireland
September 20, 1963

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Joseph O’Connor was born in Dublin. He is the author of the novels Cowboys and Indians (short-listed for the Whitbread Prize), Desperadoes , The Salesman , Inishowen , Star of the Sea and Redemption Falls , as well as a number of bestselling works of non-fiction.

He was recently voted ‘Irish Writer of the Decade’ by the readers of Hot Press magazine. He broadcasts a popular weekly radio diary on RTE’s Drivetime With Mary Wilson and writes regularly for The Guardian Review and The Sunday Independent. In 2009 he was the Harman Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at Baruch College, the City University of New York.

Average rating: 3.73 · 9,971 ratings · 1,034 reviews · 45 distinct works · Similar authors
Star of the Sea

3.97 avg rating — 4,664 ratings — published 2005 — 52 editions
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Ghost Light

3.48 avg rating — 1,105 ratings — published 2010 — 25 editions
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Redemption Falls

3.43 avg rating — 742 ratings — published 2007 — 25 editions
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Yeats Is Dead!: A Mystery b...

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The Salesman

3.89 avg rating — 467 ratings — published 1998 — 20 editions
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Inishowen

3.60 avg rating — 371 ratings — published 2000 — 11 editions
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The Thrill of It All

3.76 avg rating — 300 ratings — published 2014 — 12 editions
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Cowboys And Indians

3.48 avg rating — 266 ratings — published 1991 — 12 editions
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Desperadoes

3.47 avg rating — 238 ratings — published 1994 — 7 editions
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The Secret World Of The Iri...

3.49 avg rating — 209 ratings — published 1994 — 5 editions
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“Love and freedom are such hideous words. So many cruelties have been done in their name.”
Joseph O'Connor, Star of the Sea

“Everything is in the way the material is composed.”
Joseph O'Connor, Star of the Sea

“But why would they do that? What is to be asked? He was a man who sees into things -- very ordinary things. A hat left on the floor of a café in Kingstown, a proverb overheard, an old fisherman mending a net: these, for him, were a kind of incitement. There are no answers other than that. He was not like the rest of us. Not even like himself. His imagination, or soul, or whatever province of his mind was hungry for the sustaining rain of the world, would soak in the storms of his own haunted strangeness, and the berries would bloom, and they were what they were, and if the tendrils were peculiar, and some of them wild, the fruits were so shockingly luscious and potent that the thirsty were willing to savour the bitter for the sake of the concomitant sweet. He needed the very ordinary. He was a beautiful man. What more than this need be said? The sort of man who makes you think the movement of foliage might be causing the breeze.”
Joseph O'Connor, Ghost Light
tags: genius

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