Paul Howard grew up in the 1980s in South Dublin, an area bitterly divided between the haves and the have-yachts. He has been ghost-writing Ross O'Carroll-Kelly's adventures since 1998 and, despite the vast chasm between them in terms of looks, money and pulling power, a kind of friendship has formed. The first time he ever called to the O'Carroll-Kelly home, Ross's mother, Fionnuala told him just to clean the downstairs ones today - and this time do a darned sight better job of getting the bird shit off the one in the vestibule.
Some day there will be a university course explaining the appeal of Ross O'Carroll-Kelly... Rarely has a character so despicable, so selfish, so self-obsessed and so utterly thick been so loved * Sunday Independent * Consistently laugh-out-loud funny * Irish Independent * Essential reading * Irish Daily Mail *