Gerard Donovan

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Gerard Donovan
Born 1959[1]
Occupation Lecturer at University of Plymouth
Nationality Irish
Period 1992 -
Notable works Schopenhauer's Telescope

Gerard Donovan (born 1959), is an acclaimed Irish-born novelist, photographer and poet living in Plymouth, England, working as a lecturer at the University of Plymouth.


Donovan attracted immediate critical acclaim with his debut novel Schopenhauer's Telescope, which was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize in 2003,[3] and which won the Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award in 2004.[4] His subsequent novels include Doctor Salt (2005), Julius Winsome (2006), and Sunless (2007). However, Sunless is essentially a rewritten version of Doctor Salt—ultimately very different from the earlier novel, but built upon the same basic narrative elements—of which Donovan has said: "Doctor Salt... was a first draft of Sunless. I wrote [Doctor Salt] too fast, and the sense I was after just wasn't in the novel. ... I saw the chance to write the real novel, if you like, [when Doctor Salt was due to be published in the United States in 2007] and this I hope I've done in Sunless."[5]

Before writing prose, Donovan published three collections of poetry: Columbus Rides Again (1992), Kings and Bicycles (1995), and The Lighthouse (2000).[6] His next publication will be a collection of short stories set in Ireland, followed by a novel set in early twentieth-century Europe which he is writing.[7]

In 2012, he said that the pro-Palestinian boycott movement tried to "bully" him to abstain from visiting Israel and take part in the International Writers Festival in Jerusalem, accusing the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) of "outright intimidation."[8] He said that the activists were "idiots" for targeting him.[8]


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  2. ^ Book Depository Interview
  3. ^ The Booker Prize Foundation. The Man Booker Prize Official Website: 2003.
  4. ^ Library Thing Website
  5. ^ Donovan, Gerard. Interview by Jane Ciabattari. Critical Mass: 7 August 2007.
  6. ^ Gerard Donovan: Author Profile. Fantastic Fiction: 2007.
  7. ^ Donovan, Gerard. Interview by Mark Thwaite. The Book Depository: 2007.
  8. ^ a b Pfeffer, Anshel (15 May 2012). "Irish writer Gerard Donovan accuses pro-Palestinian group of 'bullying' him to boycott Israel Israel News". Haaretz. Retrieved 13 October 2013. 

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