Michael Collins was born in Limerick and educated in Ireland and the US, where he won an athletics scholarship to Notre Dame University. He divides his life between Dublin and a small town near Chicago. Running and writing are his twin passions.
'The prose carries the momentum of the novel. It is driven,
virtuoso. The pace counterbalances the weight of the prose ... a
formidable, demanding achievement' Irish Times.
'Collins's first novel for six years is an easy read, thanks to his seemingly effortless way with words' Daily Mail.
'Recalls some of the farce and faux noir of early Coen Brothers films' The Best New Fiction, Mail on Sunday.
'Contrasting current squalor with heroic origins, Collins' take on American culture is partly nostalgic, partly satirical, but always observant and knowledgeable' Sunday Times.
'An incredibly distinguished writer ... Collins has an extraordinary command of the English language. Some of the writing in The Death of All Things Seen is undeniably beautiful, and it's in these sections that this talent shines through' Irish Examiner.