1963- ; b. New Ross; second son of an alcohol cattle dealer; left school
at 13; moved to Northumberland, and commenced first novel, later published
as The Better Angel; worked in Somerset; worked as horse-riding
instructor in Australia; travelled in Europe; briefly flirted with idea
of joining Royal Horse Artillery; moved to London, 1986, working briefly
as PR to firm of architects; moved to Scotland and wrote The Men Who
Loved Evelyn Cotton (1989), winner Irish Times/Aer Lingus Prize;
winner of the Irish Times Literature Award for Fiction, 1990; also Picnic
in Eden, and The Better Angel (1993); stories in Telling
Stories 2, and BBC Radio 4; Dixie Chicken (1994); Lovely (1997); issued Ronan (2002), a novel of hippie life in England. HOG2
The Men Who Loved Evelyn Cotton (London: Bloomsbury 1989; Hodder
& Stoughton 1991; Sceptre ed. 1994); Picnic in Eden (London:
Bloomsbury 1991; Hodder & Stoughton 1992), and The Better Angel
(London: Bloomsbury 1992; Sceptre 1993); Dixie Chicken (London:
Hodder & Stoughton 1994); Handsome Men are Slightly Sunburnt (London:
Sceptre 1996); Lovely (London: Sceptre 1995), 235pp.; Home (London: Sceptre/Lir 2002), q.pp.
Shirley Kelly, Having it Both Ways [interveiw], Books Ireland (Nov. 1996), p.307; .
John Boland, Bookworm (Irish Times, 17 Feb.
1996), interview: Ronan identifies Martin Amis disapprovingly as a stylist
and himself as a substantialist - someone primarily interested
in the ideas and content of fiction.
Eamon Delaney, review of Home (Sceptre/Lir), in Sunday Independent, 7 April 2002, Living,
p.20, describes the story of a young boy called Coorg growing up in a
sixties commune in England.