Molly Keane was born Mary Nesta Skrine in County Kildare, Ireland on July 20, 1904. From 1928 to 1956, she wrote under the pseudonym M. J. Farrell. As Farrell, she wrote 11 novels and several plays including Young Entry, Devoted Ladies, Loving without Tears, Spring Meeting, Ducks and Drakes, Guardian Angel, Treasure Hunt, and Dazzling Prospect. She stopped writing for over 20 years until Good Behaviour was published in 1981 under her married name and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Her other later works include Time After Time and Loving and Giving. She died on April 22, 1996.
Marian Keyes was born in the West of Ireland on September 10, 1963. She was brought up in Dublin, and then she spent her twenties in London. She earned her law degree from Dublin University and then travelled to London where she worked in an administrative job in an accounts office. Keyes developed a drinking problem, and after a failed suicide attempt, entered a rehabilitation program. Keyes began writing short stories four months before she stopped drinking, in 1993, and when she left rehab, she sent them to a publisher. Included with her stories was a letter saying that she had also begun a novel, which she hadn't. The publisher liked the short stories so much that they wrote back and asked for the novel, and Keyes wrote the first four chapters of her novel Watermelon in a week, and was offered a three-book contract. Watermelon was published in 1995. Keyes gave up her job in 1996 to become a full time writer. Her books are published in 35 countries worldwide and have been translated into several different languages, such as Hebrew and Japanese. In 2009, She won the Irish Book Award for her fiction novel, This Charming Man.
Geoff Dyer is the author ofJeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi and three previous novels, as well asmany non-fiction books including The Ongoing Moment (winner of the ICP Infinity Award for Writing on Photography), But Beautiful (winner of the Somerset Maugham Prize), The Missing of the Somme and two collections of essays. He is the recipient of the E.M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and of a Lannan Literary Fellowship.