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Eoin Colfer - Author

About the Author

Both Eoin Colfer’s parents were teachers and young Eoin was taught by his dad Billy at Wexford’s Christian Brothers primary. Eoin remembers his dad’s presence in school as “witty…[he] made school fun.” Colfer junior’s first attempt at serious writing came in the sixth grade. “I wrote a play for the class about Norse Gods. Everyone died in the end except me.”

Eoin followed in his parents’ footsteps and trained to be a teacher but his writing didn't stop and  his first book, Benny and Omar, appeared in 1999 and instantly achieved bestselling status in Ireland. Eoin's most famous books are the incomparable Artemis Fowl series but he has written some excellent one off novels such as The Legend of the Worst Boy in the World.

WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT EOIN COLFER...

“Wildly original… and you thought fairy stories were just for kids.”
T2 (The Telegraph) on Artemis Fowl

“It’s a highly original adventure story with an action-packed plot which twists and turns right to the end – a kind of William Gibson meets the Hobbit/Irish Legends. It has all the right ingredients.” Marc Lambert, Children’s Programme Director at the Edinburgh Festival on Artemis Fowl

“Make sure you buy it!” Denise Van Outen, Channel 4’s The Big Breakfast on Artemis Fowl

Featured books by Eoin Colfer

Screwed

Screwed

Author: Eoin Colfer Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/09/2013

The superb follow-up to Eoin Colfer's highly acclaimed adult cime debut PLUGGED featuring Irish ex-army sergeant Dan McEvoy, written with the warmth and wit that make his Artemis Fowl novels so irresistible.

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Other books by Eoin Colfer

Guys Read: Artemis Begins

Guys Read: Artemis Begins

Author: Eoin Colfer, Adam Rex Format: eBook Release Date: 21/06/2011

Long before Artemis Fowl appeared in Eoin Colfers hit series, he was born in the form of Eoins younger brother Donal--the young criminal mastermind of the family. And on one particular spring day, he concocts his most sinister plot yet. A short story from the acclaimed collection Guys Read: Funny Business, edited by Jon Scieszka.

Artemis Fowl and the Lost Colony

Artemis Fowl and the Lost Colony

Author: Eoin Colfer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/04/2011

Movie available from June 12th only on Disney+ Artemis Fowl and the Lost Colony is the fifth sensational book in the gripping Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer. TEENAGE GENIUS ARTEMIS FOWL HAS SOMETHING NEW TO PLAY WITH . . . DEMONS Big human haters, they are (thankfully) stuck in Limbo, a place that exists outside of time and space. But now demons are materialising on Earth at random. This won't be pretty . . . Artemis is determined to save the day (I know, everyone's shocked). Can he somehow help the demons, and avert the carnage and chaos of a human-demon war? He's not the only one on their trail, though. Meet Minerva Paradizo - ruthless child genius, and not quite so demon-friendly. Let battle commence. 'A superb series' - The Times 'Engagingly vivid, exciting and witty' - The Telegraph 'Fast, funny and very exciting' - Daily Mail ***Artemis Fowl was winner of the WHSmith Children's Book of the Year Award and Children's Book of the Year at the Children's Book Awards. Shortlisted for the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year Award.***

Artemis Fowl and the Eternity Code

Artemis Fowl and the Eternity Code

Author: Eoin Colfer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/04/2011

Movie available from June 12th only on Disney+ Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code is the third book in the unbelievably brilliant Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer. CAN ARTEMIS FOWL LEAVE HIS CRIMINAL PAST BEHIND? Not quite. At least, not yet. He's got one last job, and then he's going to be good. But the job goes horribly wrong. So wrong in fact that now a nasty, ruthless billionaire has stolen Artemis's latest invention - a powerful super-computer that could put the entire fairy world at risk. Holly Short is going to be furious. Artemis must retrieve the stolen technology. He needs help. He needs the fairies. He's got some apologising to do . . . 'Grips like an electromagnet until the last word' - Independent 'Engagingly vivid, exciting and witty' - The Telegraph 'Fast, funny and very exciting' - Daily Mail ***Artemis Fowl was winner of the WHSmith Children's Book of the Year Award and Children's Book of the Year at the Children's Book Awards. Shortlisted for the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year Award.***

Artemis Fowl and the Opal Deception

Artemis Fowl and the Opal Deception

Author: Eoin Colfer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/04/2011

Movie available from June 12th only on Disney+ CHILD GENIUS ARTEMIS FOWL IS IN TERRIBLE DANGER HE JUST CAN'T REMEMBER WHY Opal Koboi is back, and the power-crazed pixie wants revenge. Her to-do list: - Frame Holly Short for murder - Start a war between fairies and humans - Kill anyone who's ever annoyed her (yes, this includes Artemis) But knowledge of the fairies has been erased from Artemis's mind, and when you don't believe your arch-enemy exists, it can be quite tricky to defeat them. It's unfortunate that Artemis's only hope is a farting dwarf. Enter Mulch Diggums . . . 'Hugely satisfying - not to be missed' - Irish Independent 'Engagingly vivid, exciting and witty' - The Telegraph 'Fast, funny and very exciting' - Daily Mail ***Artemis Fowl was winner of the WHSmith Children's Book of the Year Award and Children's Book of the Year at the Children's Book Awards. Shortlisted for the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year Award.***

Artemis Fowl and the Time Paradox

Artemis Fowl and the Time Paradox

Author: Eoin Colfer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/04/2011

Movie available from June 12th only on Disney+ Artemis Fowl and the Time Paradox is the sixth book in the criminally good Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer. FORMER CRIMINAL MASTERMIND ARTEMIS FOWL HAS HOODWINKED FAIRIES AND BATTLED GOBLINS THIS TIME, IT'S PERSONAL Artemis's mother is gravely ill. Unfortunately the cure, an endangered lemur, was made extinct eight years ago . . . by Artemis Fowl. Talk about awkward. What if he could travel back in time, outwit his former self and bring the lemur home? With the right demon warlock, it might be possible. But we all remember the young Artemis. He was, to put it mildly, a pretty terrible human being, so this won't be easy. Artemis Fowl really is his own worst enemy . . . 'Grips like an electromagnet until the last word' - Independent 'Engagingly vivid, exciting and witty' - The Telegraph 'Fast, funny and very exciting' - Daily Mail ***Artemis Fowl was winner of the WHSmith Children's Book of the Year Award and Children's Book of the Year at the Children's Book Awards. Shortlisted for the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year Award.***

Artemis Fowl - Der Atlantis-Komplex

Artemis Fowl - Der Atlantis-Komplex

Author: Eoin Colfer Format: eBook Release Date: 02/03/2011

Was ist los mit Artemis? Die Elfe Holly erkennt den legendaren Meisterdieb nicht wieder. Der sonst so smarte Artemis leidet an einer seltsamen Krankheit. Er ist plotzlich aberglaubisch und zwanghaft auf die Zahl Funf fixiert. Auerdem hat er sich unsterblich in Holly verliebt und lasst keine Gelegenheit aus, ihr seine Gefuhle zu gestehen. Damit treibt er sie in den Wahnsinn. Doch es kommt noch schlimmer: Eine geheimnisvolle bose Macht greift die unterirdische Stadt Atlantis an. Und niemand bemerkt die Gefahr. Wenn Holly nichts tut, werden sie, Artemis und alle Bewohner von Atlantis sterben.

Guys Read: Artemis Begins

Guys Read: Artemis Begins

Author: Eoin Colfer Format: eBook Release Date: 22/09/2010

It's here: Volume One of the official Guys Read Library. Jon Scieszka's Guys Read initiative was founded on a simple premise: that young guys enjoy reading most when they have reading they can enjoy. And out of this comes a series that aims to give them just that. Ten books, arranged by theme, featuring the best of the best where writing for kids is concerned. Each book is a collection of original short stories, but these aren't your typical anthologieseach book is edgy, inventive, visual, and one-of-a-kind, featuring a different theme for guys to get excited about. Funny Business is based around the theme ofwhat elsehumor, and if you're familiar with Jon and Guys Read, you already know what you're in store for: ten hilarious stories from some of the funniest writers around. Before you're through, you'll meet a teenage mummy; a kid desperate to take a dip in the world's largest pool of chocolate milk; a homicidal turkey; parents who hand over their son's room to a biker; the only kid in his middle school who hasn't turned into a vampire, wizard, or superhero; and more. And the contributor list includes bestselling author, award winners, and fresh new talent alike: Mac Barnett, Eoin Colfer, Christopher Paul Curtis, Kate DiCamillo (writing with Jon Scieszka), Paul Feig, Jack Gantos, Jeff Kinney, David Lubar, Adam Rex, and David Yoo.Guys Read is all about turning young readers into lifelong onesand with this book, and each subsequent installment in the series, we aim to leave no guy unturned.

Artemis Fowl 7: The Atlantis Complex

Artemis Fowl 7: The Atlantis Complex

Author: Eoin Colfer Format: eBook Release Date: 10/08/2010

';[Artemis Fowl] will grab your interest, no matter what your age.'The New York PostArtemis has committed his entire fortune to a project he believes will save the planet and its inhabitants, both human and fairy. Can it be true? Has goodness taken hold of the world's greatest teenage criminal mastermind?Captain Holly Short is unconvinced, and discovers that Artemis is suffering from Atlantis Complex, a psychosis common in guilt-ridden fairies. Symptoms include obsessive-compulsive behavior, paranoia, multiple personality disorder and, in extreme cases, embarrassing professions of love to a certain feisty LEPrecon fairy.Unfortunately, Atlantis Complex has struck at the worst possible time. A deadly foe from Holly's past is intent on destroying the actual city of Atlantis. Can Artemis escape the confines of his mindand the grips of a giant squidin time to save the underwater metropolis and its fairy inhabitants?Artemis Fowl has lost his mind... Just when the world needs him most.

Artemis Fowl and the Atlantis Complex

Artemis Fowl and the Atlantis Complex

Author: Eoin Colfer Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/07/2010

ARTEMIS FOWL'S CRIMINAL WAYS HAVE FINALLY GOT THE BETTER OF HIM . . . Young Artemis has frequently used high-tech fairy magic to mastermind the most devious criminal activity of the new century. Now, at a conference in Iceland, Artemis has gathered the fairies to present his latest idea to save the world from global warming. But Artemis is behaving strangely - he seems different. Something terrible has happened to him . . . Artemis Fowl has become nice. The fairies diagnose Atlantis Complex (that's obsessive compulsive disorder to you and I) - it seems dabbling in magic has damaged Artemis' main weapon: his mind. Fairy ally Captain Holly Short doesn't know what to do. The subterranean volcanoes are under attack from vicious robots and Artemis cannot fight them. Can Holly get the real Artemis back ---before the robot probes destroy every human and life form?

Artemis Fowl 6: The Time Paradox

Artemis Fowl 6: The Time Paradox

Author: Eoin Colfer Format: eBook Release Date: 13/07/2010

Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is a millionaire, a genius, and, above all, a criminal mastermind. But even Artemis doesn't know what he's taken on when he kidnaps a fairy, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit. These aren't the fairies of bedtime stories; these fairies are armed and dangerous.Artemis thinks he has them right where he wants them . . . but then they stop playing by the rules.Stay back, Human.You don't know what you're dealing with.

Artemis Fowl

Artemis Fowl

Author: Eoin Colfer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/06/2010

Join the world of Artemis Fowl, the number one bestseller by Eoin Colfer. Rumour has it Artemis Fowl is responsible for every major crime of the new century. Just twelve years old and already he's a criminal genius, plotting to restore his family's fortune with a spot of corruption and kidnapping. Kidnapping a fairy for ransom, to be precise. Artemis Fowl has discovered a world below ground of armed and dangerous - and extremely high-tech - fairies. But he may have underestimated their powers. They will fight back. Is the boy about to trigger a cross-species war? Let the misadventure begin. 'Fast-paced, tongue in cheek . . . laugh-out-loud' - Sunday Times 'A huge hit' - The Guardian 'Artemis is a brilliant creation' - Anthony Horowitz ***Winner of the WHSmith Children's Book of the Year Award and Children's Book of the Year at the Children's Book Awards. Shortlisted for the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year Award.*** ****Enter Artemis's wicked world at www.artemisfowl.co.uk**** Eoin Colfer was born and raised in Wexford in the south-east of Ireland. He began writing plays at an early age and, as an adult, continued to write. ARTEMIS FOWL, his first book featuring the brilliant young anti-hero, was an immediate international bestseller and won several prestigious awards.

And Another Thing...

And Another Thing...

Author: Eoin Colfer Format: eBook Release Date: 12/10/2009

And Another Thing ... will be the sixth novel in the now improbably named Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy trilogy. Eight years after the death of its creator, Douglas Adams, the author's widow, Jane Belson, has given her approval for the project to be continued by the international number one bestselling children's writer, Eoin Colfer, author of the Artemis Fowl novels. Douglas Adams himself once said, 'I suspect at some point in the future I will write a sixth Hitchhiker book. Five seems to be a wrong kind of number, six is a better kind of number.' Belson said of Eoin Colfer, 'I love his books and could not think of a better person to transport Arthur, Zaphod and Marvin to pastures new.' Colfer, a fan of Hitchhiker since his schooldays, said, 'Being given the chance to write this book is like suddenly being offered the superpower of your choice. For years I have been finishing this incredible story in my head and now I have the opportunity to do it in the real world.' Prepare to be amazed...

Benny and Omar

Benny and Omar

Author: Eoin Colfer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2009

In my old school, we had fighting, no pool and there'd be vicious matches against the other schools . . . I miss all that stuff! Moving to Africa is the worst thing that has ever happened to Benny Shaw. No one plays hurling (the best game on the planet) and the local school is run by hippies who like to talk about feelings. As if. But when Benny meets wisecracking Omar (the name's Bond, James Bond Omar) who only speaks English in TV catchphrases, he decides that maybe life in this new country can be fun after all . . .

Benny and Babe

Benny and Babe

Author: Eoin Colfer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2009

Benny glowered at her. Babe by name, but most certainly not by nature. A summer in the Irish countryside is not Benny Shaw's idea of a good time. Especially since the people of Duncade don't appreciate him as the sporting prodigy that he is. All he gets is teasing, which is a favourite pastime of annoying tomboy Babe Meara. Streetwise Benny has met his match and he doesn't know the rules of this particular game. And when Babe turns from a real pain into a real girl, the trouble well and truly begins.

Artemis Fowl and the Time Paradox

Artemis Fowl and the Time Paradox

Author: Eoin Colfer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/04/2009

Teenage criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl has a new mission - and this time it's personal. Artemis's mother is dangerously ill, and the only way to find a cure is for Artemis - with Holly Short by his side - to go back in time to battle his younger, more evil self . . . Action packed and full of humour - a must-read for boys and girls aged 10+.

Airman

Airman

Author: Eoin Colfer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2009

One dark night on the island of Great Saltee, fourteen-year-old Conor is framed for a terrible crime he didn't commit. Thrown into prison by the dastardly Hugo Bonvilain, Conor is trapped in a seaswept dungeon and branded a traitor. He must escape and clear his name; he wants his old life back - his family, his friends . . . and his princess. Conor knows there is only one way out. It's an impossible task, which has never been done before. But Conor is determined to do it. He'll have to fly. Swashbuckling new fiction from the amazing Eoin Colfer, ideal for readers aged 11+.