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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

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+.

Artemis Fowl and the Time Paradox

Artemis Fowl and the Time Paradox

Author: Eoin Colfer Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/08/2008

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 . . .

The Legend of the Worst Boy in the World

The Legend of the Worst Boy in the World

Author: Eoin Colfer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2008

Will is desperate to win the Giant Jelly Baby competition and be named 'the best boy in the world'. But his big brother Marty always beats him to it. Then one day Will's wish comes true - he's the best boy in the world at last! Marty is not happy, and decides that something must be done . . . Funny, quirky fiction with brilliant black-and-white illustrations by Tony Ross throughout. Boys and girls aged 7+ will love this!

Airman

Airman

Author: Eoin Colfer Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/01/2008

Conor Broekhart was born to fly. Or, more accurately, he was born flying. Little wonder he became what he became. In an age of discovery and invention, many dreamed of flying, but for Conor flight was more than just a dream, it was his destiny. In one dark night on the island of Great Saltee, a cruel and cunning betrayal destroyed his life and stole his future. Now Conor must win the race for flight, to save his family and to right a terrible wrong . . . Swashbuckling new fiction from the amazing Eoin Colfer, ideal for readers aged 10+.

Airman

Airman

Author: Eoin Colfer Format: eBook Release Date: 26/12/2007

Conor Broekhart was born to fly. In fact, legend has it that he was born flying, in a hot air balloon at the Paris Worlds Fair.In the 1890s Conor and his family live on the sovereign Saltee Islands, off the Irish coast. Conor spends his days studying the science of flight with his tutor and exploring the castle with the kings daughter, Princess Isabella. But the boys idyllic life changes forever the day he discovers a deadly conspiracy against the king. When Conor tries to intervene, he is branded a traitor and thrown into jail on the prison island of Little Saltee. There, he has to fight for his life, as he and the other prisoners are forced to mine for diamonds in inhumane conditions. There is only one way to escape Little Saltee, and that is to fly. So Conor passes the solitary months by scratching drawings of flying machines on the prison walls. The months turn into years; but eventually the day comes when Conor must find the courage to trust his revolutionary designs and take to the skies.

Half Moon Investigations

Half Moon Investigations

Author: Eoin Colfer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/07/2007

Meet Fletcher Moon. Half-pint schoolboy and fully qualified private investigator. Since graduating online, he has solved all sorts of minor mysteries at school and at home. It was only a matter of time before things got serious. When Fletcher investigates a spate of crimes in the town of Lock, the finger of suspicion is soon pointing in the direction of shady brothers Herod and Red Sharkey.

Artemis Fowl and the Lost Colony

Artemis Fowl and the Lost Colony

Author: Eoin Colfer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/05/2007

Ten millennia ago, the fairy People were defeated in a great battle with mankind, forcing them to move underground. Only the eighth family of fairies remained undefeated: the demons. But now one demon has discovered the secrets of the fairy world, and if humans get hold of this information the fairies are in BIG trouble. Only one person can prevent this disaster - teenage criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl. Action packed and full of humour - a must-read for boys and girls aged 10+.

The Legend of the Worst Boy in the World

The Legend of the Worst Boy in the World

Author: Eoin Colfer Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/04/2007

Will is desperate to win the Giant Jelly Baby competition and be named 'the best boy in the world'. But his big brother Marty always beats him to it. Then one day Will's wish comes true - he's the best boy in the world at last! Marty is not happy, and decides that something must be done . . . Funny, quirky fiction with brilliant black-and-white illustrations by Tony Ross throughout. Boys and girls aged 7+ will love this!

The Legend of Captain Crow's Teeth

The Legend of Captain Crow's Teeth

Author: Eoin Colfer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/01/2007

Will's brother Marty is always playing practical jokes. But when he tells the bloodcurdling story of the cutthroat pirate Captain Crow, Will is terrified. Is it another one of Marty's tricks, or could Captain Crow's ghost really be out to get him? Spooky, funny fiction - brilliant for boys and girls aged 7-9. Now available in paperback! Fabulous, witty illustrations by Tony Ross throughout.

Wish List

Wish List

Author: Eoin Colfer Format: eBook Release Date: 17/10/2006

From the author of the bestselling Artemis Fowl series comes a heartwarming tale of a young girl who is given a giftthe chance to right her wrongs, and discover the true meaning of life.Meg Finn is in trouble. Unearthly trouble. Cast out of her own home by her stepfather after her mom's death, Meg is a wanderer, a troublemaker. But after her latest stunt, finding a place to sleep is the least of her worries. Blech, Meg's partner in crime, has gotten her involved in an attempt to rob an old man's apartment, and things have gone horribly wrong. After an accidental explosion, both Meg and Blech's spirits are flung into limbo, and a race begins between the demonic and the divine to win Meg's soul.Meg's not such a bad kid, but she hasn't exactly been an angel either, so the tally for her "e;good"e; and "e;evil"e; deeds are dead even. Her only chance for tipping the scales to salvation is by going back to earth and doing some goodspecifically, helping Lowrie, the old guy she tried to rob. He's got a wish list of life regrets to be set right and only so much time to do it. But even if Meg can persuade Lowrie to get mixed up with her, she's going to have to deal with an even scarier, undead Belch who's definitely on the side of the Devil now.With laughs and chills, THE WISH LIST is an exciting tale of life, death, and the unexpected hereafter.