Mary Costello

2014-11-01_ent_4259076_i1“To recount a life story in a novel is a difficult task. To do so with brevity and unsentimental honesty takes greatness. Academy Street is a powerful and emotional novel from one of literature’s finest new voices.” ―John Boyne, author of The Absolutist

Mary Costello grew up in Galway and now lives in Dublin. She has had stories published in New Irish Writing, various anthologies, and in the literary magazine The Stinging Fly, and she was also shortlisted for a Hennessy New Irish Writing Award Her collection of stories, The China Factory, was nominated for the Guardian First Book Award. Her first novel, Academy Street, was named Book of the Year and Eason Novel of the Year by the 2014 Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards and was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award. She taught for many years and is now writing full-time.