Niall Williams is the author of the bestselling Four Letters of Love, which has sold 140,000 copies (BookScan) and was published in over twenty countries. As It Is In Heaven was shortlisted for the Irish Times Literature Prize in 1999. For fans of Quarantine by JIM CRACE, The Road by CORMAC McCARTHY, Waiting for the Barbarians by J.M. COETZEE, and The Master and Margarita by MIKHAIL BULGAKOV Harper Collins are publishing in paperback Niall Williams' young adult novel, Boy and Man, in March 2009.
Niall Williams was born in Dublin in 1958. He studied English and French literature at University College Dublin before graduating with a Master's degree in Modern American Literature. He moved to New York in 1980 where he married Christine Breen, whom he had met while she was a Master's student also at UCD, and took his first job opening boxes of books in Fox and Sutherland's bookshop in Mount Kisco. He later worked as a copywriter for Avon Books in New York City before leaving America with Chris in 1985 to attempt to make a life as a writer. They moved on April 1st to the cottage in west Clare that Chris's grandfather had left eighty years before to find his life in America. His first four books were co-written with Chris and tell of their life together in Kiltumper in west Clare. In 1991 Niall's first play 'The Murphy Initiative' was staged at The Abbey Theatre in Dublin. His second play, 'A Little Like Paradise' was produced on the Peacock stage of The Abbey Theatre in 1995. His third play, 'The Way You Look Tonight,' was produced by Galway's Druid Theatre Company in 1999.
'An eloquent and moving statement of the power of love and the belief that it will triumph in the end' Barry Unsworth, Guardian 'Powerful and moving ... an absorbing and intelligent novel' Times Literary Supplement 'Gripping and believable ... In an age where reason and science have shown themselves inadequate to fulfil the human dream of perfection, it is important that serious writers such as Williams face the perennial questions of faith and love' Irish Times 'Niall Williams' lyrical prose often takes a form similar to prayer but this feels natural rather than contrived. Williams prefers to focus on the workings of love; his exploration of the tensions and contradictions of faith is enough to compensate' New Statesman