Nuala O'Faolain biography

Nuala O'Faolain

Novelist, Author

1940 – 2008

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Who was Nuala O'Faolain?

Nuala O'Faolain was an Irish journalist, TV producer, book reviewer, teacher and writer. She became internationally well known for her two volumes of memoir, Are You Somebody? and Almost There; a novel, My Dream of You; and a history with commentary, The Story of Chicago May. The first three were all featured on The New York Times Best Seller list. Her posthumous novel Best Love, Rosie was published in 2009. O'Faolain's formative years coincided with the emergence of the women's movement, and her ability to expose misogyny in all its forms was formidable, forensic and unremitting. However, O'Faolain's feminism stemmed from a fundamental belief in social justice. Unlike most commentators, who maintain a detached, lofty tone, O'Faolain, placed herself at the centre of things, a high-risk strategy that worked because of her broad range of erudition, worn lightly, her courage and a truthfulness that sometimes bordered on the self-destructive.

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Born
Mar 1, 1940
Dublin
Profession
Education
  • University College Dublin - National University of Ireland, Dublin
  • University of Oxford
  • University of Hull
Lived in
  • County Dublin
Died
May 9, 2008
Dublin

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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