Michael O'Sullivan is an English Literature graduate of Trinity College Dublin where his postgraduate work was on the poet W.H. Auden. He curated the first major international symposium and exhibition on Auden in the Kunstlerhaus Vienna in 1984. He was Vienna correspondent of the London Independent and later deputy Foreign Editor of Ireland's national radio and television service RTE. He is the author of bestselling biographies of Mary Robinson, Ireland's first woman president and later UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. He has also written biographies of the founding father of the modern Irish state, Sean Lemass and of the playwright Brendan Behan. His co-authored social history of Dublin `The Shelbourne and its People' has sold over 100,000 copies and is still in print since 1990. He has written for The Financial Times, The New Statesman and many other publications.