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John Connolly

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John Connolly was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1968 and has, at various points in his life, worked as a journalist, a barman, a local government official, a waiter and a dogsbody at Harrods department store in London. He studied English in Trinity College, Dublin and journalism at Dublin City University, subsequently spending five years working as a freelance journalist for The Irish Times newspaper, to which he continues to contribute.

He is based in Dublin but divides his time between his native city and the United States.

This page is administered by John's assistant, Clair, on John's behalf. If you'd like to communicate with John directly, you can do so by writing to contact-at-johnconnollybooks.com, or by following him on Twitter at @JCon
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To coincide with the publication of NIGHT MUSIC , I'm inviting readers to participate in an art competition. A panel of judges will select seven designs to be used for a set of art cards that will be given away with copies of the book.

Here's the brief: pick a novel of horror or the supernatural, and create an alternative cover for it. You might fancy having a go at Stoker's DRACULA, or Mary... Read more of this blog post »
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This review originally appeared in the Irish Independent, June 7, 2015:

On the surface, the mystery and horror genres have never entirely been on speaking terms with each other. Mystery's roots lie in rationalism, or the belief that reality is essent
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“For in every adult there dwells the child that was, and in every child there lies the adult that will be.”
John Connolly, The Book of Lost Things

“I think the act of reading imbues the reader with a sensitivity toward the outside world that people who don't read can sometimes lack. I know it seems like a contradiction in terms; after all reading is such a solitary, internalizing act that it appears to represent a disengagement from day-to-day life. But reading, and particularly the reading of fiction, encourages us to view the world in new and challenging ways...It allows us to inhabit the consciousness of another which is a precursor to empathy, and empathy is, for me, one of the marks of a decent human being.”
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“Once upon a time – for that is how all stories should begin – there was a boy who lost his mother.”
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John Coughlan Thank you for the connection and also for all the wonderful storytelling.


Natasa Hello, Mr. Connolly. Thank you for accepting my request. I am "The Book Of Lost Things" fan. I am sorry to say that I never heard of you prior to stumbbling upon the book in audio format in an eaudiobook collection at the local library. The book could have easily been based on my childhood, and I'm sure many fans of the book feel the same way. I had my own demons to hide from from time to time and so fairy tales and the Serbian and Celtic epic poetry were my favorite "hiding places". To this day I refuse to acknowledge the borders between "reality" and "fantasy". We all live and then die, so we might as well enjoy the solice and comfort and happiness and benefit from wisdom, wherever we find them, be it in what the common refer to as "the real world" or "only in your head".

And your Charlie Parker series, along with Boris Akunin's Erast Fandorin series, rekindled my interest in the mystery genre. Thank you!


message 2: by Carl

Carl Hi John thanks for accepting me as a friend, big fan of Charlie Parker, love the supernatural elements to the stories. Very edgy.


message 1: by Angie

Angie Hello! For those that don't know..Mr. Connolly will be stopping by the YA Book Club for a Q&A. Be sure to stop by in May when we read The Book of Lost Things!

http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/3...


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