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Nuala O'Connor

Biography

Nuala O'Connor

Nuala O’Connor is the author of MISS EMILY and a well-regarded short-story writer and novelist, writing in her native Ireland under the name Nuala Ní Chonchúir. She has won many fiction awards, including RTÉ radio’s Francis MacManus Award, the Cúirt New Writing Prize, the Jane Geske Award, the inaugural Jonathan Swift Award, the Cecil Day Lewis Award, and the Kerry Irish Novel of the Year Award, among others. Her short story “Peach” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and she was shortlisted for the European Prize for Literature for her short story collection NUDE. She has been published in Granta, The Stinging Fly and Guernica, among many others. She was born in Dublin in 1970 and lives in East Galway with her husband and three children.

Nuala O'Connor

Books by Nuala O'Connor

by Nuala O'Connor - Fiction, Historical Fiction

In 1887, Isabel Bilton is the eldest of three daughters of a middle-class military family, growing up in a small garrison town. By 1891 she is the Countess of Clancarty, dubbed "the peasant countess" by the press, and a member of the Irish aristocracy. BECOMING BELLE is the story of the four years in between, of Belle's rapid ascent and the people who tried to tear her down.

by Nuala O'Connor - Fiction, Historical Fiction

Eighteen-year-old Ada Concannon has just been hired by the respected but eccentric Dickinson family of Amherst, Massachusetts. Despite their difference in age and the upstairs-downstairs divide, Ada strikes up a deep friendship with Miss Emily, the gifted elder daughter living a spinster’s life at home. But Emily’s passion for words begins to dominate her life. When Ada’s safety and reputation are threatened, however, Emily must face down her own demons in order to help her friend --- with shocking consequences.