I was born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1971, and studied English Literature at Trinity College, Dublin, and creative writing at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, where I was awarded the Curtis Brown prize.
My early writing consisted mostly of short stories and the first one I published, The Entertainments Jar, was shortlisted for the Hennessy Literary Award in Ireland. Many of my stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies.
I’ve published 8 novels for adults and four for younger readers, including The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, which was a New York Times No.1 Bestseller, and was made into a Miramax feature film. It has sold more than 6 million copies worldwide.
My novels are published in 47 languages.