Bree O'Mara

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Bree O'Mara
Born Bridgid O'Mara
(1968-07-04)4 July 1968
Durban, Natal Province, South Africa
Died 12 May 2010(2010-05-12) (aged 42)
Tripoli, Libya
Occupation Novelist
Nationality South African
Genre Fantasy
Notable works Nigel Watson, Superhero
Home Affairs

Bridgid "Bree" O'Mara (4 July 1968 – 12 May 2010) was an Irish-South African novelist, ballet dancer, TV producer and air hostess who was killed in the crash of Afriqiyah Airways Flight 771.[1]


Early life[edit]

O'Mara was born in Durban, Natal Province, South Africa of Irish parentage and carried an Irish passport.[2] She attended the Maris Stella School in Durban during the early 1980s.[3] 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.[4] 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.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

At the time of her death, she lived in Kosmos, Madibeng, with her husband Christopher Leach.[5] 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 She wrote an unpublished account of his adventures as a mercenary in the Congo during the 60s and the Seychelles in the 70s.[6]


She was travelling on Afriqiyah Airways Flight 771, which crashed in Libya, on her way to visit London for a meeting with publishers.[7] 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.[8]


  • Home Affairs (2007) (winner of the Citizen Book Prize)[9]
  • Nigel Watson, Superhero (scheduled for publication in 2010)[10]



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