Welcome to the website of writer Neil Hegarty.

Neil was born in Derry, Northern Ireland.

Neil’s books include:

THE JEWEL: a novel published by Head of Zeus in 2019.

INCH LEVELS: this debut novel was published by Head of Zeus in 2016; and was shortlisted for the Kerry Group novel of the year award.

FROST: THAT WAS THE LIFE THAT WAS (WH Allen), the authorised biography of David Frost.

THE SECRET HISTORY OF OUR STREETS (BBC Books, 2012), a social history of twentieth-century London, which accompanies the landmark BBC series.

THE STORY OF IRELAND (BBC Books, 2011), written to accompany a new BBC-RTE television history of Ireland. The North American edition was published in March 2012.

DUBLIN: A VIEW FROM THE GROUND (Piatkus, 2007), a sweeping history of the Irish capital from its foundation to the present day.

WAKING UP IN DUBLIN (Sanctuary, 2004), an exploration of Dublin’s complex and vibrant music culture, encompassing everything from opera and jazz to the city’s indie and traditional music scenes.

Neil also writes essays and short stories:

‘Braided River’ was published in Queer Love: An Irish Anthology of Short Fiction (Paul McVeigh ed.).

‘Plate Tectonics’ was published in ABEI: Brazilian Journal of Irish Studies.

‘Straits’ was anthologised in The Music of What Happens: The Purple House Anthology of New Writing.

‘Put it in Writing’ was published in The Danger and the Glory.

‘Mackerel Sky’ was published in The Tangerine.

‘Gallet’, exploring the history and landscape of Rathlin island, appears in the Summer 2013 edition of The Dublin Review.

‘The Slob Lands’ appears in A Wilder Vein (Two Ravens Press, 2009). This anthology, edited by Linda Cracknell, explores the relationship between humanity and the wild places of Britain and Ireland.

‘Oblique’ was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize, 2009.

‘Destroying Angel’ appears in the Warwick Review (December 2008; read more about the Warwick Review here);

‘The Fall of Saigon’ was published in the Stinging Fly (Winter 2007-2008; read more about the Stinging Fly here);

‘A White Christmas for Momma’ appears in the Autumn/Winter 2005-6 edition of the same magazine.

Neil was  writer and co-producer of Talamh an Eisc: The Irish in Newfoundland, a radio documentary for RTE Lyric FM. His radio play The Story of Peggy Mountain, meanwhile, was shortlisted for the RTE PJ O’Connor Award.

Neil’s journalism and reviews  have appeared in a range of publications, including the Irish Times and Daily Telegraph.

Neil Hegarty is a member of Irish PEN and the Society of Authors

Follow Neil on Twitter: @nphegarty 

Neil is represented by Veronique Baxter at David Higham Associates.