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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780755302659
  • Publisher: Headline Book Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/1/2004
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 5.63 (w) x 8.74 (h) x 1.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Maggie O'Farrell
Maggie O'Farrell
The author of such international bestsellers as After You'd Gone and The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox, British novelist Maggie O'Farrell crafts complex, multi-layered narratives that move back and forth in time and unfold from several perspectives.


Born in Northern Ireland in 1972, and raised in Wales and Scotland, Maggie O'Farrell worked as a journalist in Hong Kong and as an editor at The Independent on Sunday before bursting on the literary scene in 2000 with her acclaimed first novel, After You'd Gone.

An intricate tale that begins at the end and circles inward to reveal the mystery at its heart, After You'd Gone gave readers their first tantalizing taste of qualities that have since become hallmarks of O'Farrell's fiction -- spare, elegant prose; complex characters with intense, sometimes unexpected connections; and a multi-layered narrative that moves back and forth in time and unfolds from several perspectives. The book was reviewed rapturously and went on to win the Betty Trask Award -- a prestigious U.K. prize for first novels given to Commonwealth writers under the age of 35.

Since her extraordinary debut, O'Farrell's fiction has earned more accolades. Her third novel, The Distance Between Us received the 2005 Somerset Maugham Award; and in 2007, O'Farrell achieved international bestsellerdom with The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox, a tangled family drama selected for the Barnes & Noble Recommends program.

Praise for the author's writing is lavish. In its review of Vanishing Act..., The New York Times declared, "O'Farrell performs a traditional, old-fashioned storytelling striptease, seductively unveiling layer after layer of revelatory secrets." And The Independent summed up her talents with these words: "Her gift for storytelling is wrapped in gold paper and tied with 15 velvet bows. Give her any synopsis you like and she would probably make it work." In May, 2007, O'Farrell was selected by the British bookstore chain Waterstone's as one of 25 emergent authors predicted to produce the most impressive body of work over the next quarter century.

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    Some interesting outtakes from our interview with Maggie:

    "I was once a cycle courier in Hong Kong but was sacked after three days."

    "I have two cats and half a dog (my sister's -- she allows me to share)."

    "I live in what must be one of the coldest houses in Scotland!"

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