Neil Hegarty was born in Derry in Northern Ireland, and now lives in Dublin. He holds a doctoral degree in English from Trinity College Dublin, and has written a number of key works in cultural history, including the bestselling Story of Ireland (BBC Books), which accompanies the BBC television series; and London: The Secret History of our Streets (BBC Books).
Neil’s most recent title is Frost: That Was The Life That Was (WH Allen), the authorised biography of the late Sir David Frost.
Neil’s essays, short fiction, reviews and journalism have been published widely, including in the Daily Telegraph, Irish Times, Dublin Review, Stinging Fly, Warwick Review, BBC History and Huffington Post. His radio play The Story of Peggy Mountain was shortlisted for the PJ O’Connor Award.
Neil’s novel Inch Levels was published by Head of Zeus in 2016 and was voted Kerry Group Novel of the Year in 2017.
Praise for Inch Levels:
‘A perceptive and moving study of remorse and resilience, of the legacy violence leaves behind, and of the intricacies of family life; in the world as Neil Hegarty conjures it, old secrets never die, and what’s past is never past’ John Banville.
‘Unsettling and thought-provoking, with just enough ambiguity and nuance to convince, this is a bold and well-crafted debut’ Irish Times.
‘Hegarty has a gift for lyrical description, and his authorial detachment adds to a pervading sense of bleakness’ Daily Mail.