Interview with Andrew O’Hagan

Andrew O’Hagan (Co-Editor) was born in Glasgow in 1968 and grew up in Ayrshire. He is a contributing editor to the London Review of Books.

His first book, The Missing, was named ‘an international book of the year’ in The Times Literary Supplement. It was short-listed for the Esquire Award, the Saltire First Book Award and the Scottish Writer of the Year Award. A chapter was adapted for television, Calling Bible John, which was nominated for a BAFTA award. His adaptation of The Missing, directed by John Tiffany, premiered at Tramway in September 2011.

Andrew’s first novel, Our Fathers, was published by Faber in 1999 and was short-listed for the Booker Prize and the Whitbread First Novel Award and won the Winifred Holtby Prize for Fiction.

His second novel, Personality, was published in 2003 and won the prestigious James Tait Black Memorial Prize. In the same year Andrew was named as one of Granta’s ‘Best of the Young British Novelists’.

His third novel, Be Near Me, was published by Faber in August 2006. It won the Los Angeles Times Prize for Fiction and was adapted for the stage by Ian McDiarmid and produced by the National Theatre of Scotland in 2009.

His collection of essays, The Atlantic Ocean, was published in June 2008. Andrew’s fourth novel, The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog, and of His Friend Marilyn Monroe, for which he won the Glenfiddich Writer of the Year, was published in 2010.

Andrew has also been awarded the E M Forster Award by the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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