Michael Collins (Irish author)

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Collins at Toronto Ireland Park
Michael Collins at Toronto's Ireland Park Famine Memorial

Michael Collins (born 4 June 1964) is an Irish novelist and international ultra-distance runner. His novel The Keepers of Truth was shortlisted for the 2000 Booker Prize. He has also won the Irish Novel of the Year Award and the Lucien Barriere Literary Prize at the Deauville American Film Festival. The award honours the best American Fiction published in France. Collins is a graduate of Oxford University.


Collins grew up in Limerick. He received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from the University of Notre Dame and his PhD from the University of Illinois.

Athletic achievements[edit]

A former member of the Irish National Team for the 100k distance (62.2 miles, Collins holds the Irish national masters record over the 100k distance. As captain of the Irish National Team in 2010 he won a bronze medal at the World 100k Championships held in Gibraltar, and led home all Irish athletes.

He has also won The 100-mile Himalayan Stage Race and also The Mount Everest Challenge Marathon, along with The Last Marathon in Antarctica, and The North Pole Marathon.


  • The Meat Eaters (short stories, also published as The Man who Dreamt of Lobsters), 1992
  • The Life and Times of a Teaboy, 1993
  • The Feminists Go Swimming, 1994
  • Emerald Underground, 1998
  • The Keepers of Truth, 2000
  • The Resurrectionists, 2003
  • Lost Souls, 2004
  • Death of a Writer (British title: The Secret Life of E. Robert Pendleton), 2006
  • Midnight in a Perfect Life (British title), 2010
  • The Death of all Things Seen (British title), 2016

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