I was born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1971, and studied English Literature at Trinity College, Dublin, and creative writing at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, where I was awarded the Curtis Brown prize.
My early writing consisted mostly of short stories and I published a number of them. My first story, The Entertainments Jar, was shortlisted for the Hennessy Literary Award in Ireland. In total, I’ve published about 70 short stories.
My 2006 novel, THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PYJAMAS, was made into an award-winning Miramax film. The novel itself won 2 Irish Book Awards, the Bisto Book of the Year, and was shortlisted or won a host of international awards. Amongst other accolades, it spent more than 80 weeks at no.1 in Ireland, topped the New York Times Bestseller List, and was the bestselling book in Spain in both 2007 and 2008. Worldwide, it has sold more than 5 million copies.
My novels are published in 46 languages. Details of which languages each novel is available in can be found on the fiction pages.
My most recent novel for adults is THIS HOUSE IS HAUNTED, while a new novel for young readers, STAY WHERE YOU ARE AND THEN LEAVE, will be published in the UK on September 26th 2013 and in the US in April 2014.
With my agent Simon Trewin at the Hennessy Literary Awards
In April 2012, at the Hennessy Literary Awards in Dublin, I was inducted into the ‘Hall of Fame’ for my body of work.
◦The Thief of Time