Gerard O'Donovan

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Gerard O’Donovan was born in Cork and grew up in Dublin. After a brief career in the Irish civil service he travelled widely, working as a barman, bookseller, gherkin-bottler, philosophy tutor, and English teacher before settling down to make a living as a journalist and critic for, among others, The Sunday Times and The Daily Telegraph. In 2007 he was shortlisted for the Crime Writers' Association’s prestigious Debut Dagger competition.

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Books by this Author

Dublin Dead
The Priest

My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Come on, it's got to be worth a try...

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. in the Maldives, a cold drink in one hand, a good book in the other, toes dipped in the ocean

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. Myself twenty years ago, knowing what I know now.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. writer in residence, University of the Maldives

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. soup (tee-hee!)

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