4 July 1968
Durban, Natal Province, South Africa
|Died||12 May 2010
|Notable works||Nigel Watson, Superhero
O'Mara was born in Durban, Natal Province, South Africa of Irish parentage and carried an Irish passport. She attended the Maris Stella School in Durban during the early 1980s. After an early career in theater O'Mara worked as a flight attendant for Gulf Air, before becoming a video producer in the Gulf States. After travelling through Canada and the United States, living briefly in Elkins, West Virginia, she settled in London during the 1990s. She was living in Northamptonshire in the early 2000s. In 2003 she worked as a volunteer for Mondo Challenge in Tanzania. She returned to her childhood home of South Africa in 2005.
At the time of her death, she lived in Kosmos, Madibeng, with her husband Christopher Leach. South African mercenary Mike Hoare was her uncle. She wrote an unpublished account of his adventures as a mercenary in the Congo during the 60s and the Seychelles in the 70s.
She was travelling on Afriqiyah Airways Flight 771, which crashed in Libya, on her way to visit London for a meeting with publishers. She had previously been forced to abandon a scheduled appearance at the London Book Fair by the cancellation of flights to the UK resulting from the Eyjafjallajökull eruption.
- Home Affairs (2007) (winner of the Citizen Book Prize)
- Nigel Watson, Superhero (scheduled for publication in 2010)
- Book SA – News Archived 2010-05-27 at Archive.is
- Mail Online report
- "Boy survived this (part 1)". Retrieved 23 December 2016.
- News – Africa: [PIC] "Lone survivor shouts 'Holland, Holland'"
- "Business Day". Retrieved 23 December 2016.
- "Irish author Bree O'Mara among 103 dead in Libya jet crash". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2017-10-27.
- 11 With links to SA killed in crash[permanent dead link]
- London Book Fair – Speakers Archived May 17, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
- "BBC News - South Africa author Bree O'Mara dies in Libya crash". Retrieved 23 December 2016.
- Kennedy, Maev (2010-05-13). "Irish author Bree O'Mara killed in Libya plane crash". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-10-27.
- Jane L. "Book Launch: Home Affairs by Bree O’Mara ", 30degreessouth, 30 January 2008, Retrieved 13 May 2010