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. His latest novel, The Jewel, was published in 2019 by Head of Zeus.