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.

Photograph by Mark Bolton,

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. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. sorry

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. "There's so much other fruit to choose from, Adam, why spoil things for everything by insisting on eating that one?"

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. my modesty, of course!

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

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