Born in Holycross, Co. Tipperary in 1959. Educated Trinity and the Sorbonne. Her first novel, One Day as a Tiger, won the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature in 1997 and was shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize. A collection of poetry, The Beauty of the Moon (Chatto & Windus 1999) was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. The Far Side of a Kiss (2000), set in London in the 1820s was longlisted for the Booker Prize. The Free And Easy, a novel about Celtic Tiger era Ireland was published in 2006. Her biography of Constance Markievicz, An Independent Life (Pandora, NYU) was first published in 1989. She has written literary criticism and journalism for publications including the TLS and The Irish Times, scripts for film and radio and co-directed the RTÉ/C4 documentary The Whole World In His Hands. She has been a Visiting Professor at the Adam Mickievicz University in Poland and at TCD and has read her work widely in Ireland and abroad. She lives in Dublin.
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