Edna O’Brien

Edna O’Brien

Author

Recognised as one of ‘the greatest Irish writers of the twentieth century’ (Dwight Garner, New York Times) Edna O’Brien is a bestselling novelist, memoirist, playwright, poet and short story writer. Philip Roth, who in 2012, described her “the most gifted woman now writing in English” has hailed her most recent novel, The Little Red Chairs, as “her masterpiece”. In 2001 she received the Irish PEN Award and in 2006 she was awarded the Ulysses Medal by the University of Dublin. She is currently working on her next novel. Edna O’Brien has recently received the 2018 PEN/Nabokov Award for Achievement in International Literature. 

Awards

  • 1970: Yorkshire Post Book Award (Book of the Year) for A Pagan Place*
  • 1990: Los Angeles Times Book Prize (Fiction) for Lantern Slides
  • 1991: Premio Grinzane Cavour (Italy) for Girl with Green Eyes
  • 1993: Writers’ Guild Award (Best Fiction) for Time and Tide
  • 1995: European Prize for Literature (European Association for the Arts) for House of Splendid Isolation
  • 2001: Irish PEN Award
  • 2006: Ulysses Medal (University College Dublin)
  • 2009: Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award in Irish Literature
  • 2010: Shortlisted for Irish Book of the Decade (Irish Book Awards) for In the Forest
  • 2011: Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, Saints and Sinners
  • 2012: Irish Book Awards (Irish Non-Fiction Book), Country Girl
  • 2018: PEN/Nabokov Award For Achievement In International Literature