With his acclaimed breakout novel At Swim, Two Boys generating buzz and garnering him comparisons to James Joyce and Roddy Doyle, Dublin native Jamie O'Neill is poised to create a literary legacy all his own.
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Gortachalla in County Galway, Ireland
Place of Birth:
Dún Laoghaire, a township south of Dublin, Ireland
Presentation College, Glasthule, County Dublin; "and, of course, the city streets of London, the beaches of Greece."
|Our Book Club Pick|
|At Swim, Two Boys|
O'Neill spent a decade honing his acclaimed novel about two young men falling in love and seeking freedom as they come of age in 1916 Dublin. Praised as "the best literary news out of Ireland since the maturity of Roddy Doyle" (Kirkus Reviews), At Swim, Two Boys has also been selected as a Barnes & Noble.com Book Club pick.
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|In his interview with Barnes & Noble.com, O'Neill revealed: "The first reading I ever gave was the first I had ever attended (it had never occurred to me that people would go willingly to such things). It was in some small arts centre down in County Cork. I arrived hours early, nervously wanting to check out the place, the microphones, the lights. 'You see,' I explained to the director, 'this is the first time I’ve ever read to an audience.' I was expecting some calming words, a pat on the shoulder, a 'you’ll be fine.' Instead, the director, a returned Canadian, puts his hand to his mouth and bawls down the corridor: 'Hey, we got ourselves a virgin!'"|
|O'Neill's Influence||Favorite Writers and Reads|
Sir Walter Scott
When asked what book has most influenced his life, O'Neill recalls the impact Sir Walter Scott's Ivanhoe had on him as a boy: "It was a revelation to me. Books can be fun, they can be entertaining, you can learn things out of books: a book can be interesting. Ivanhoe, by Sir Walter Scott. Whoever would have thought?"
|One Hundred Years of Solitude|
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
In our interview, O'Neill selected Gabriel Garcia Marquez's classic novel as a personal favorite, explaining, "My eyes read the sentences and my brain conceives their meaning; but it’s in my skin I feel the words, a goose-pimpling of my arms, a shivering within." Read our interview to find out more about O'Neill's favorite writers and reads, including:
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