Gavin McCrea was born in Dublin in 1978, and has since travelled widely, living in Japan, Belgium, Italy, the UK, and Spain, among other places. His first novel, Mrs Engels, was shortlisted for the Desmond Elliot Prize and the Walter Scott Prize, and longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. His second novel, The Sisters Mao, was released in September 2021. During quarantine, Gavin completed his first work of non-fiction, a memoir about his relationship with his mother; entitled Cells, this will be published by Scribe in 2022. Most recently, he has been commissioned by Hachette/John Murray to write a collection of essays on Jean-Jacques Rousseau. He is currently a Guest Lecturer in Literature at Bard College Berlin.


Read an interview with Gavin here.





Gavin McCrea

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