Hugo Hamilton is the best-selling author of The Speckled People (4th Estate), a German-Irish memoir which has so far been translated into 15 languages. His unique experience of growing up in Dublin during the 50s/60s with a fervent Irish nationalist father and German mother who came to Ireland in the aftermath of World War 2, has found resonance right across the globe. Hailed by many as a masterpiece and an instant classic, his account of German-Irish childhood addresses all the ‘great issues of the 20th century’( Nuala O Faolain). It won the prestigious Prix Femina etranger in France, as well as the Berto prize in Italy, and appeared on the New York Times notable books list.
His equally compelling and highly acclaimed second memoir The Sailor In The Wardrobe continues this complex dual upbringing in a ‘language war’ where the family was prohibited from speaking English. He is the acclaimed author of five novels and one collection of short stories, all of which reflect on the increasingly compelling issues of cultural divisions, belonging and identity.
He has recently published a travel book on Ireland in Germany ‘Die Redseilge Insel-The Island of Talking (Luchterhand), retracing the journey of the Nobel Prizewinning German author Heinrich Boell. The Speckled People was optioned by Neil Jordan. His new novel entitled Disguise (4th Estate) is published in spring 2008.
He lives in Dublin.