Ed O'Loughlin was born in Toronto and raised in Ireland. He reported from Africa for the Irish Times, and was Middle East correspondent for the Sydney Morning Herald and the Age of Melbourne. His first novel, Not Untrue & Not Unkind was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2009.
'At times, the satire is reminiscent of Joseph Heller or Thomas Pynchon in the way it embraces the sheer stupidity of the situations it describes, but unlike those authors, O'Loughlin adds eloquent and thoughtful political discussions, which do not disrupt his fast-paced narrative' Simon Creer, Times Literary Supplement. 'O'Loughlin spares time for striking imagery and some rather beautiful writing' Toby Clements, Seven magazine, Sunday Telegraph. 'O'Loughlin's cool, distanced gaze holds our assumptions about terror and security up to a queasy, uncomfortable light with an extraordinary and unsettling calm' John Burnside, The Guardian. 'O'Loughlin is impressive in his description of the imposition of military might and its human consequences' David Park, Irish Times. 'Cynical, funny, harrowing and revelatory, Toploader is one of the most inventive Irish novels of recent times' Declan Blake, Sunday Business Post. 'a darkly comic satire on contemporary imperialism' Irish Independent.