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Joseph O'Connor - Author

About the Author

Joseph O'Connor was born in Dublin. His novels include: Cowboys and Indians (Whitbread Prize shortlist), Star of the Sea, Redemption Falls and Ghost Light. Star of the Sea became an international bestseller, winning the Irish Post Award for Fiction, an American Library Association Award, France's Prix Millepages, Italy's Premio Acerbi, and the Prix Madeleine Zepter for European Novel of the Year. His work has been published in thirty-five languages.

Featured books by Joseph O'Connor

The Thrill of it All

The Thrill of it All

Author: Joseph O'Connor Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/05/2014

Shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2014. At college in 1980s Luton, Robbie Goulding, an Irish-born teenager, meets the elusive Fran Mulvey, an orphaned Vietnamese refugee. Together they form a band. Joined by cellist Sarah-Therese Sherlock and her twin brother Sean on drums, The Ships in the Night set out to chase fame. But the story of this makeshift family is haunted by ghosts from the past. Spanning 25 years, The Thrill of it All rewinds and fast-forwards through an evocative soundtrack of struggle and laughter. Infused with blues, ska, classic showtunes, New Wave and punk, using interviews, lyrics, memoirs and diaries, the tale stretches from suburban England to Manhattan's East Village, from Thatcher-era London to the Hollywood Bowl, from the meadows of the Glastonbury Festival to a wintry Long Island, culminating in a Dublin evening in July 2012, a night that changes everything. A story of loyalties, friendship, the call of the muse, and the beguiling shimmer of teenage dreams, this is a warm-hearted, funny and deeply moving novel for anyone that's ever loved a song.

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Ghost Light

Ghost Light

Author: Joseph O'Connor Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/03/2011

Dublin, 1907. A young actress begins an affair with a damaged older man, the leading playwright at the theatre where she works. Outspoken and flirtatious, Molly Allgood is a Catholic girl from the slums of Dublin, dreaming of stardom in America. Her lover, John Synge, is a troubled genius, whose life is hampered by convention and by the austere and God-fearing mother with whom he lives. Their affair, sternly opposed by friends and family, is quarrelsome, affectionate and tender. Many years later, Molly, now a poverty-stricken old woman, makes her way through London's bomb-scarred city streets, alone but for a snowdrift of memories. Her once dazzling career has faded but her unquenchable passion for life has kept her afloat.

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Other books by Joseph O'Connor

Shadowplay

Shadowplay

Author: Joseph O'Connor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/12/2019

WINNER OF THE IRISH POST EASON NOVEL OF THE YEAR 'A hugely entertaining book about the grand scope of friendship and love, it is also, movingly - at times, astonishingly - a story of transience, loss and true loyalty' Guardian 1878: The Lyceum Theatre, London. Three extraordinary people begin their life together, a life that will be full of drama, transformation, passionate and painful devotion to art and to one another. Henry Irving, the Chief, is the volcanic leading man and impresario; Ellen Terry is the most lauded and desired actress of her generation, outspoken and generous of heart; and ever following along behind them in the shadows is the unremarkable theatre manager, Bram Stoker. Fresh from life in Dublin as a clerk, Bram may seem the least colourful of the trio but he is wrestling with dark demons in a new city, in a new marriage, and with his own literary aspirations. As he walks the London streets at night, streets haunted by the Ripper and the gossip which swirls around his friend Oscar Wilde, he finds new inspiration. But the Chief is determined that nothing will get in the way of his manager's devotion to the Lyceum and to himself. And both men are enchanted by the beauty and boldness of the elusive Ellen. This exceptional novel explores the complexities of love that stands dangerously outside social convention, the restlessness of creativity, and the experiences that led to Dracula, the most iconic supernatural tale of all time. SHORTLISTED FOR TWO AN POST IRISH BOOK AWARDS

Star of the Sea

Star of the Sea

Author: Joseph O'Connor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2019

THE INTERNATIONAL NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER In the bitter winter of 1847, from an Ireland torn by injustice and natural disaster, the Star of the Sea sets sail for New York. On board are hundreds of fleeing refugees. Among them are a maidservant with a devastating secret, bankrupt Lord Merridith and his family, an aspiring novelist and a maker of revolutionary ballads, all braving the Atlantic in search of a new home. Each is connected more deeply than they can possibly know. But a camouflaged killer is stalking the decks, hungry for the vengeance that will bring absolution. 'A triumph...A spectacular breakthrough' Sunday Times '[Joseph O'Connor is] Ireland's most brilliant storyteller' Independent on Sunday

Ghost Light

Ghost Light

Author: Joseph O'Connor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2019

A powerful and deeply moving masterpiece about love, partings and reconciliation from the international bestselling author of Star of the Sea 'A virtuoso display of literary talent...brimming with sympathy and skill' Irish Times Dublin, 1907. A young actress begins an affair with a damaged older man, the leading playwright at the theatre where she works. Outspoken and flirtatious, Molly Allgood is a Catholic girl from the slums of Dublin, dreaming of stardom in America. Her lover, John Synge, is a troubled genius, whose life is hampered by convention and by the austere and God-fearing mother with whom he lives. Their affair, sternly opposed by friends and family, is quarrelsome, affectionate and tender. Many years later, Molly, now a poverty-stricken old woman, makes her way through London's bomb-scarred city streets, alone but for a snowdrift of memories. Her once dazzling career has faded but her unquenchable passion for life has kept her afloat. 'Masterful in its management of re-imagined lives and the time they inhabit' Financial Times

Redemption Falls

Redemption Falls

Author: Joseph O'Connor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2019

'Broad and ambitious...beautifully written...at the heart of O'Connor's masterful epic lies a universal hope for something better' Observer Discover the powerful sequel to international bestseller Star of the Sea 1865. The American Civil War is ending, but for Eliza Duane Mooney her journey across a devastated America has only just begun. Eliza is searching for her younger brother she has not seen in four years, one of the hundred thousand children drawn into the war. His fate has been mysterious and will prove extraordinary. It's a walk that will have consequences for many seemingly unconnected survivors: a love-struck cartographer, a haunted Latina poetess, rebel guerrilla Cole McLaurenson, runaway slave Elizabeth Longstreet and the mercurial revolutionary James Con O'Keeffe, who commanded a brigade of Irish immigrants in the Union Army and is now Governor of a western wilderness where nothing is as it seems.

Shadowplay

Shadowplay

Author: Joseph O'Connor Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 06/06/2019

1878. The Lyceum Theatre, London. Three extraordinary people begin their life together. Henry Irving, the Chief, is the volcanic leading man and impresario; Ellen Terry is the most lauded and desired actress of her generation; and ever following along behind them in the shadows is the unremarkable theatre manager, Bram Stoker. Bram is wrestling with dark demons in a new city, in a new marriage, and with his own literary aspirations. As he walks the London streets at night, streets haunted by the Ripper and the gossip which swirls around his friend Oscar Wilde, he finds new inspiration. But the Chief is determined that nothing will get in the way of his manager's devotion to the Lyceum and to himself. And both men are enchanted by the beauty and boldness of the elusive Ellen.

Coaching the Brain Practical Applications of Neuroscience to Coaching

Coaching the Brain Practical Applications of Neuroscience to Coaching

Author: Joseph O'Connor, Andrea Lages Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/02/2019

Everything we do, and sense, happens through our brain. In Coaching the Brain: Practical Applications of Neuroscience to Coaching, highly experienced coaches Joseph O'Connor and Andrea Lages ask and answer the question: `How can we use our knowledge of the brain to help ourselves and others to learn, change, and develop?'. This book will show you how to apply insights from the latest neuroscience research in a practical way, in the fields of personal development, coaching and cognitive therapy. Accessible and practical, it begins with an overview of how the brain works along with an explanation of how our brain changes due to our actions and thoughts, illuminating how these habits can be changed through neuroplasticity. Understanding the neuroscience of goals and mental models helps us to work with and change them, and clarity about emotions and the emotional basis of values can help achieve happiness. Most importantly, neuroscience illuminates how we learn, as well as the power of expectations. The book also explores the key lessons we can take from neuroscience for high performance and leadership. Eminently accessible, this book gives you new tools to help yourself and others create better futures. As a whole, the book will provide you with a new respect for the depth and complexity of your thinking and emotions. Coaching the Brain: Practical Applications of Neuroscience to Coaching, with its clarity and practical application, will be essential reading for coaches in practice and in training, as well as leaders, coach supervisors and HR and L&D professionals, and will be a key text for academics and students of coaching and coaching psychology.

Coaching the Brain Practical Applications of Neuroscience to Coaching

Coaching the Brain Practical Applications of Neuroscience to Coaching

Author: Joseph O'Connor, Andrea Lages Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/02/2019

Everything we do, and sense, happens through our brain. In Coaching the Brain: Practical Applications of Neuroscience to Coaching, highly experienced coaches Joseph O'Connor and Andrea Lages ask and answer the question: `How can we use our knowledge of the brain to help ourselves and others to learn, change, and develop?'. This book will show you how to apply insights from the latest neuroscience research in a practical way, in the fields of personal development, coaching and cognitive therapy. Accessible and practical, it begins with an overview of how the brain works along with an explanation of how our brain changes due to our actions and thoughts, illuminating how these habits can be changed through neuroplasticity. Understanding the neuroscience of goals and mental models helps us to work with and change them, and clarity about emotions and the emotional basis of values can help achieve happiness. Most importantly, neuroscience illuminates how we learn, as well as the power of expectations. The book also explores the key lessons we can take from neuroscience for high performance and leadership. Eminently accessible, this book gives you new tools to help yourself and others create better futures. As a whole, the book will provide you with a new respect for the depth and complexity of your thinking and emotions. Coaching the Brain: Practical Applications of Neuroscience to Coaching, with its clarity and practical application, will be essential reading for coaches in practice and in training, as well as leaders, coach supervisors and HR and L&D professionals, and will be a key text for academics and students of coaching and coaching psychology.

The Thrill of it All

The Thrill of it All

Author: Joseph O'Connor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/07/2015

At college in 1980s Luton, Robbie Goulding, an Irish-born teenager, meets the elusive Fran Mulvey, an orphaned Vietnamese refugee. Together they form a band. Joined by cellist Sarah-Therese Sherlock and her twin brother Sean on drums, The Ships in the Night set out to chase fame. But the story of this makeshift family is haunted by ghosts from the past. Spanning 25 years, The Thrill of it All rewinds and fast-forwards through an evocative soundtrack of struggle and laughter. Infused with blues, ska, classic showtunes, New Wave and punk, using interviews, lyrics, memoirs and diaries, the tale stretches from suburban England to Manhattan's East Village, from Thatcher-era London to the Hollywood Bowl, from the meadows of the Glastonbury Festival to a wintry Long Island, culminating in a Dublin evening in July 2012, a night that changes everything. A story of loyalties, friendship, the call of the muse, and the beguiling shimmer of teenage dreams, this is a warm-hearted, funny and deeply moving novel for anyone that's ever loved a song.

Redemption Falls

Redemption Falls

Author: Joseph O'Connor Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 07/05/2015

1865. The American Civil War is ending. Eighteen years after the famine ship Star of the Sea docked at New York, the daughter of two of her passengers sets out from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Eliza Duane Mooney is searching for her younger brother who she has not seen in four years. It's a walk that will have consequences for many -

Ghost Light

Ghost Light

Author: Joseph O'Connor Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 07/05/2015

Dublin, 1907. A young actress begins an affair with an older man. Outspoken and flirtatious, Molly Allgood is a Catholic girl from the slums of Dublin, dreaming of stardom in America. Her lover, John Synge, is a troubled genius. Their affair, sternly opposed by friends and family, is quarrelsome, affectionate and tender. Many years later, Molly, makes her way through London's bomb-scarred streets. Her once dazzling career has faded but her unquenchable passion for life has kept her afloat.

Star of the Sea

Star of the Sea

Author: Joseph O'Connor Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 07/05/2015

In the winter of 1847 the Star of the Sea sets sail for New York. The twenty-six day journey will see many lives end, others begin afresh. All braving the Atlantic in search of a new home, each is connected more deeply than they can possibly know. But a camouflaged killer is stalking the decks, hungry for the vengeance that will bring absolution.

Die wilde Ballade vom lauten Leben

Die wilde Ballade vom lauten Leben

Author: Joseph O'Connor Format: eBook Release Date: 07/05/2015

Ein groer Roman uber Freundschaft und versaumter Liebe - "e;funkelnd vor Leben"e; Bob GeldofRobbie und Fran kennen sich schon seit der Schule. Sie hangen rum, machen Musik und grunden eine Band, The Ships. Als sie von einer unglamourosen Tour durch die Collegebuhnen des Landes zuruckkehren, verandert eine Nachricht auf dem Anrufbeantworter alles. Auf den kometenhaften Aufstieg folgt der bittere Fall, der die Band auseinanderreit und den Gitarristen Robbie zu Boden ringt. Jahre spater beruhren sich die Lebengeschichten der vier Bandmitglieder zu einem finalen Comeback.

Where Have You Been?

Where Have You Been?

Author: Joseph O'Connor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2013

Ranging from urgently contemporary London and Dublin to New York's Lower East Side in the nineteenth century, from dark comedy to poignancy, from the wryly provocative to the quietly beautiful, these stories - Joseph O'Connor's first collection in more than twenty years - offer a gathering of dreamers and lost souls who contend with the confusions of living. Here are men without women, children parenting parents, residents of the uncertain country that is post-boom Ireland, emigrants, travellers, cheats and lovers, families, friends and foes.

Introduction To NLP

Introduction To NLP

Author: Joseph O'Connor, Ian McDermott Format: eBook Release Date: 06/10/2011

An Introduction to NLP reveals the techniques you need to achieve excellence in everything you do. Specially designed for audio with listener participation exercises, this CD focuses on communication strategies, using and understanding body languages, successful meetings and more!Some people appear more gifted than others. NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming), one of the fastest growing developments in applied psychology, describes in simple terms what these people do differently and enables you to learn these patterns of excellence. An Introduction to NLP teaches you practical skills to achieve excellent communication and great results in all areas of your life. Includes: how to create rapport with others influencing skills understanding and using body language how to think about and achieve the results you want the art of asking key questions effective meetings, negotiations and selling accelerated learning strategies. Specifically designed for audio, this CD also includes exercises that encourage listener participation.

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