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Joseph O'neill - Author

About the Author

Joseph O’Neill is an Irish barrister living in New York. He is the author of three previous novels, Netherland (longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2008), This Is the Life and The Breezes, as well as a memoir, Blood Dark Track.

Featured books by Joseph O'neill

The Dog

The Dog

Author: Joseph O'neill Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/04/2013

Longlisted for The Man Booker Prize 2014. The new novel from Joseph O'Neill, his first since the Man Booker longlisted and PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction-winning 'Netherland'. In 2007, a New York attorney bumps into an old college buddy - and accepts his friend's offer of a job in Dubai, as the overseer of an enormous family fortune. Haunted by the collapse of his relationship and hoping for a fresh start, our strange hero begins to suspect that he has exchanged one inferno for another. A funny and wholly original work of international literature, 'The Dog' is led by a brilliantly entertaining anti-hero. Imprisoned by his endless powers of reasoning, hemmed in by the ethical demands of globalized life, he is fatefully drawn towards the only logical response to our confounding epoch.

Other books by Joseph O'neill

Land Under England

Land Under England

Author: Joseph O'neill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/06/2018

While searching for his missing father, Anthony Julian embarks on a terrifying journey into the Earth's interior. There he discovers a subterranean world, where descendants of the Roman Army suffer under a totalitarian regime in which individualism is completely obliterated by telepathic means. Refusing to join this rigidly controlled society, Anthony must fight to save his father and find a route to the surface - or perish. First published in 1935, the genre-transcending political and psychological themes of Land Under England put it far ahead of its time.

Good Trouble

Good Trouble

Author: Joseph O'neill Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/06/2018

Back at dinner, somebody said that the goose thinks it's a dog. No, it doesn't. It doesn't think it's a dog. The goose doesn't think. The goose just is. And what the goose is, is goose. But goose is not goose, Robert thinks. Even the goose isn't goose. In Good Trouble, the first story collection from Joseph O'Neill, author of Netherland, characters are forced to discover exactly who they are, and who they can never quite be. There's Rob, who swears he is a dependable member of society, but can't scrape together a character reference to prove that's the case. And Jayne, who has no choice but to investigate a strange noise downstairs while her husband lies glued to the bed with fear. A mother tries to find where she fits into her son's new life of semi-soft rind-washed cheeses, and a poet tries to fathom what makes a poet. Do you even have to write poetry? Packed with O'Neill's trademark acerbic humour, Good Trouble explores the maddening and secretly political space between thoughts and deeds, between men and women, between goose and not-goose.

Good Trouble

Good Trouble

Author: Joseph O'neill Format: eBook Release Date: 14/06/2018

Back at dinner, somebody said that the goose thinks it's a dog. No, it doesn't. It doesn't think it's a dog. The goose doesn't think. The goose just is. And what the goose is is goose. But goose is not goose, Robert thinks. Even the goose isn't goose.In Good Trouble, the first story collection from Joseph O'Neill, author of Netherland, characters are forced to discover exactly who they are, and who they can never quite be.There's Rob, who swears he is a dependable member of society, but can't scrape together a character reference to prove that's the case. And Jayne, who has no choice but to investigate a strange noise downstairs while her husband lies glued to the bed with fear. A mother tries to find where she fits into her son's new life of semi-soft rind-washed cheeses, and a poet tries to fathom what makes a poet. Do you even have to write poetry?Packed with O'Neill's trademark acerbic humour, Good Trouble explores the maddening and secretly political space between thoughts and deeds, between men and women, between goose and not-goose.

Der Hund

Der Hund

Author: Joseph O'neill Format: eBook Release Date: 22/04/2016

2007, kurz vor Beginn der internationalen Finanzkrise, begegnet ein New Yorker Anwalt, dem das Lebensgluck gerade abhold ist, einem alten Studienfreund. Spontan nimmt er dessen Angebot an, in Dubai das immense Familienvermogen eines libanesischen Clans zu verwalten. Er hofft auf einen Neuanfang in der modernsten Stadt der Welt. Erst als er sich im verschwenderisch mblierten Luxusgefngnis eines fr Expatriates gebauten Wohnturms mit Blick auf den Persischen Golf wiederfindet und die dubiosen Finanzgeschfte seiner Auftraggeber sich durchaus nicht von ihm verwalten lassen wollen, dmmert ihm, dass er vielleicht eine Hlle gegen eine andere eingetauscht hat. Und da sitzt er nun, allein mit sich und seinen Gedanken, whrend die Krise um ihn herum Fahrt aufnimmt. Was fr den Araber der "e;Hund"e;, ist fr uns der Prgelknabe - ein Mann, dessen schier endlose Fhigkeiten, sich die Welt zurechtzuargumentieren, an den moralischen Kategorien des modernen Kapitalismus ebenso zuschanden werden wie an denen der Ehe und am praktischen Alltagsleben. Joseph O'Neills origineller, weil sich monologisch in Innenwelten auffaltender, aber uerst rege am Geschehen dieser Erde teilnehmender Roman, von der Kritik als Paradebeispiel fr eine neue, weltumspannenden Literatur gepriesen, beschreibt die Demontage eines ganz normalen Zeitgenossen, der keineswegs zu gut ist fr diese Welt, der fr sein Glck kmpft und rackert und lgt und betrgt, aber trotzdem an ihr scheitert.

The Dog

The Dog

Author: Joseph O'neill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/04/2015

LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2014 SHORTLISTED FOR THE BOLINGER EVERYMAN WODEHOUSE PRIZE FOR COMIC FICTION The first novel from Joseph O'Neill since NETHERLAND. `O'Neill, in this book, has come of age as a novelist ... a comic masterpiece ... as mordantly funny as the best of stand-up comedy ... Superb' John Banville, New York Review of Books In 2007, a New York attorney bumps into an old college buddy - and accepts his friend's offer of a job in Dubai, as the overseer of an enormous family fortune. Haunted by the collapse of his relationship and hoping for a fresh start, our strange hero begins to suspect that he has exchanged one inferno for another. A funny and wholly original work of international literature, `The Dog' is led by a brilliantly entertaining anti-hero. Imprisoned by his endless powers of reasoning, hemmed in by the ethical demands of globalized life, he is fatefully drawn towards the only logical response to our confounding epoch.

The Secret World of the Victorian Lodging House

The Secret World of the Victorian Lodging House

Author: Joseph O'neill Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/10/2014

Criminals, drifters, beggars, the homeless, immigrants, prostitutes, tramping artisans, street entertainers, abandoned children, navvies, and families fallen on hard times - a whole underclass of people on the margins of society passed through Victorian lodging houses. These places were to be found in almost every city and town and they were central to working class life. The Jack the Ripper murders of 1888 brought lodging houses to the attention of an appalled public and, labelled seedbeds of infectious disease, they were seen as training schools for criminals and conmen of every description. The reality, however, was more complex as lodging houses also provided for those scratching a living, and sheltered those who refused to enter the workhouse. Joseph O'Neill's fresh research into this lost world of the 'night-time havens of the wandering tribes' flings open the door to the nineteenth century lodging house, and tells the forgotten stories of those who spent their nights sharing beds with bugs, thieves, and much worse...O'neill's previous titles: 'His achievement in applying imagination to the historian's meticulous research produces something rare and true and graceful...recalls The Suspicions of Mr Whicher' The Irish Post Joseph O'Neill's conjures up the sights, sounds and smells of a lost age' Manchester Evening News

Dog

Dog

Author: Joseph O'neill Format: eBook Release Date: 09/09/2014

***A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK******LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2014******PWs Best of the Year 2014***The author of the best-selling and award-winning Netherland now gives us his eagerly awaited, stunningly different new novel: a tale of alienation and heartbreak in Dubai.Distraught by a breakup with his long-term girlfriend, our unnamed hero leaves New York to take an unusual job in a strange desert metropolis. In Dubai at the height of its self-invention as a futuristic Shangri-la, he struggles with his new position as the ';family officer' of the capricious and very rich Batros family. And he struggles, even more helplessly, with the ';doghouse,' a seemingly inescapable condition of culpability in which he feels himself constantly trappedeven if he's just going to the bathroom, or reading e-mail, or scuba diving. A comic and philosophically profound exploration of what has become of humankind's moral progress, The Dog is told with Joseph O'Neill's hallmark eloquence, empathy, and storytelling mastery. It is a brilliantly original, achingly funny fable for our globalized times.From the Hardcover edition.

Dog

Dog

Author: Joseph O'neill Format: eBook Release Date: 04/09/2014

LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2014SHORTLISTED FOR THE BOLINGER EVERYMAN WODEHOUSE PRIZE FOR COMIC FICTIONThe first novel from Joseph O'Neill since NETHERLAND. `O'Neill, in this book, has come of age as a novelist ... a comic masterpiece ... as mordantly funny as the best of stand-up comedy ... Superb' John Banville, New York Review of BooksIn 2007, a New York attorney bumps into an old college buddy - and accepts his friend's offer of a job in Dubai, as the overseer of an enormous family fortune. Haunted by the collapse of his relationship and hoping for a fresh start, our strange hero begins to suspect that he has exchanged one inferno for another. A funny and wholly original work of international literature, `The Dog' is led by a brilliantly entertaining anti-hero. Imprisoned by his endless powers of reasoning, hemmed in by the ethical demands of globalized life, he is fatefully drawn towards the only logical response to our confounding epoch.

Manchester in the Great War

Manchester in the Great War

Author: Joseph O'neill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/08/2014

How the experience of war impacted on the town, from the initial enthusiasm for sorting out the German kaiser in time for Christmas 1914, to the gradual realization of the enormity of human sacrifice the families of Manchester were committed to as the war stretched out over the next four years. A record of the growing disillusion of the people, their tragedies and hardships and a determination to see it through. Manchester was more profoundly involved in the Great War than any provincial city. Manchester men volunteered in greater numbers than any others; its women, hardened to the rigours of factory life, flooded into munitions and engineering workshops and toiled long hours while contending with cruel shortages. Children's lives were disrupted as schools became hospitals and the city developed into a major centre for treating the wounded. A great port, an industrial powerhouse, the region's commercial and distribution centre, Manchester overcame hunger and deprivation to became the engine that drove an exhausted and impoverished nation to an unlikely victory.

This is the Life

This is the Life

Author: Joseph O'neill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/04/2009

The debut novel from Joseph O'Neill, author of the Man Booker Prize longlisted and Richard & Judy pick, `Netherland'. James Jones is slipping steadily through life. He has a steady job as a junior partner at a solicitor's firm, a steady girlfriend and a steady mortgage. Nothing much is happening in Jones's life but he really doesn't mind - this is exactly the way he likes it. Michael Donovan, meanwhile, is a star - a world-class international lawyer and advocate - he's everything Jones wanted to be and isn't. Jones was once Donovan's pupil and, for a while, it looked like he too would make his name - but he left that high-powered world behind a long time ago, or so he thought. One day Jones reads in the paper that Donovan has collapsed in court - then, out of the blue, Donovan contacts him; he has a job he needs Jones to work on... Joseph O'Neill's debut is wonderfully clever and comic novel - about ambitions and aspirations and the realities that they inevitably collide with.

Blood-Dark Track A Family History

Blood-Dark Track A Family History

Author: Joseph O'neill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/04/2009

A fascinating family memoir from Joseph O'Neill, author of the Man Booker Prize longlisted and Richard & Judy pick, `Netherland'. Joseph O'Neill's grandfathers - one Irish, one Turkish - were both imprisoned during the Second World War. The Irish grandfather, a handsome rogue from a family of small farmers, was an active member of the IRA and was interned with hundreds of his comrades. O'Neill's other grandfather, a hotelier from a tiny and threatened Turkish Christian minority, was imprisoned by the British in Palestine, on suspicion of being a spy. At the age of thirty, Joseph O'Neill set out to uncover his grandfather's stories, what emerges is a narrative of two families and two charismatic but flawed men - it is a story of murder, espionage, paranoia and fear, of memories of violence and of fierce commitments to political causes.

The Breezes

The Breezes

Author: Joseph O'neill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/04/2009

A brilliant and darkly comic novel from the Man Booker Prize longlisted author of `Netherland'. Fourteen years ago Mary Breeze was killed by lightning - it should have been all the bad luck that the Breeze family were due but, as John Breeze is about to find out, this couldn't be further from the truth. `The Breezes' is John Breeze's account of his family's most hellish fortnight - when insurance policies, security systems and lucky underpants are pitted against redundancy, burglary and relegation - and lose. John (a failing chair-maker) and his father (railway manager and rubbish football referee) are only feebly equipped with shaky religious notions, management maxims and cynical postures as they try to come to terms with the absurd unfairness of lightning striking twice... From the conflict between blind optimism and cynicism, to the urge to pretend that things just aren't happening, `The Breezes' is wonderfully clever and comic novel about desperately trying to cope with the worst of bad luck.

Escape! The Complete Agoraphobia Recovery Course

Escape! The Complete Agoraphobia Recovery Course

Author: Joseph O'neill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/04/2008

Crime City The Underworld of Victorian Manchester

Crime City The Underworld of Victorian Manchester

Author: Joseph O'neill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/03/2008

The Black Shore

The Black Shore

Author: Joseph O'neill Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/06/2000

Michael Malia's The Black Shore is actually the final novel of Irish writer and civil servant Joseph O'Neill. It points to the fact that his previous novels were carefully crafted metaphors for the bitter contempt in which he regarded his fellow countrymen, their culture, values, and religion. Thus, The Black Shore serves the purpose of bringing all O'Neill's works together and casting them in an altogether different light than previous criticism. Illustrated.

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