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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My Life in 8 Words

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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

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

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. sorry

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. My endless capacity for idleness

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. writer in residence, University of the Maldives

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. I'm sure it's different for everyone, but for me on the few occasions I've come close to it, it was a still quiet calm that flooded every atom of my being with the certainty that I am a very lucky man.

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