Netherland (O'Neill) - Author Bio

Author Bio
Where—Cork, Ireland
Reared—primarily in Holland
Education—LL. B., Cambridge University
Currently—New York, New York, USA

Joseph O'Neill was born in Ireland and raised primarily in Holland. He received a law degree from Cambridge University and worked as a barrister in London. He writes regularly The Atlantic Monthly and is the author of two previous novels, This Is the Life and The Breezes, and a family history, Blood-Dark-Track, which was a New York Times Notable Book. He lives with his family in New York City (From the publisher.)

O'Neill, who has Turkish ancestry, was born in Cork, Ireland, in 1964, and grew up in the Netherlands, where he attended boarding school at The Hague. He read law at Girton College, Cambridge, preferring it over English because "literature was too precious" and he wanted it to remain a hobby. After a year off to write his first novel, O'Neill became a barrister at the English Bar, where he practised for ten years at The Temple, principally in the field of business law.

O'Neill is the author of three novels, the most recent of which, Netherland, was published in May 2008 and was featured on the cover of the New York Times Book Review where it was called, "the wittiest, angriest, most exacting and most desolate work of fiction we’ve yet had about life in New York and London after the World Trade Center fell". Literary critic James Wood called it "one of the most remarkable postcolonial books I have ever read". Among the books on the longlist, it was the favourite to win the Man Booker Prize. However, on September 9, 2008, the Booker nominee shortlist was announced, and the novel stunningly failed to make the list. The book was also nominated for the Warwick Prize for Writing (2008/9) and made it to the long list of that prize announced in November 2008.

He is also the author of a non-fiction book, Blood-Dark Track: A Family History, which was a New York Times Notable Book for 2002 and a book of the year for the Economist and the Irish Times .Additionally, O'Neill writes literary and cultural criticism, most regularly for the Atlantic Monthly.

He is married to Vogue editor Sally Singer, who rejected his second novel when she was working as an editor at Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. They live in the Chelsea Hotel in New York with their three sons. (From Wikipedia.)

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