Joseph O'Neill

Author of Netherland.

Joseph O'Neill biography and information

Joseph O'Neill is of half-Irish and half-Turkish ancestry. He was born in Cork, Ireland, in 1964, but grew up in The Netherlands, where he attended boarding school at The Hague. He read law at Girton College, Cambridge, choosing it over English because "literature was too precious" and he wanted to keep it as a hobby. 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.

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.

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". It was also included in the New York Times 10 Best Books of 2008. Literary critic James Wood called it "one of the most remarkable postcolonial books I have ever read" and it went on to be featured on the Man Booker Prize longlist in 2008.

O'Neill 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. He also writes literary and cultural criticism, most regularly for the Atlantic Monthly.

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Books by Joseph O'Neill

Crime City
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Land Under England
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Good Trouble
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Netherland
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The Dog
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Blood-Dark Track
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The Black Shore
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Escape!
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Netherland
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The Manchester Martyrs
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Big Brother
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The Breezes
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This is the Life
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Good Trouble
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