Stuart Neville

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Stuart Neville

Stuart Neville's debut novel, The Twelve (published in the USA as The Ghosts of Belfast, won the Mystery/Thriller category of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and was chosen as one of the top crime novels of 2009 by both the New York Times and the LA Times. He has been shortlisted for various awards, including the Barry, Macavity, Dilys awards, as well as the Irish Book Awards Crime Novel of the Year. His first three novels have each been longlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. His fourth book, Ratlines, about Nazis harboured by the Irish state following WWII was published in January 2013.


Interviewed 04 October 2013

Ten words to sum up your working life to date ...

Many jobs from musician to web developer, now a writer.

Nine things you can see from where you're sitting ...

A replica Kramer 5150 mounted on the wall, one of my twenty-two guitars, most of which are in my office. The certificate for the LA Times Book Prize that I won in 2010. A corkboard with all the plot points for my new book pinned to it. A set of juggling balls that I’m trying to learn to use. A tool box full of things I use to tinker with my guitars. A photograph of me, James Ellroy, our agent Nat Sobel, and David Torrans outside his No Alibis bookstore in Belfast. A dog bed for when Sweeney, the family mutt, joins me in my office. The Star Wars Moleskine notebook my wife bought for me. A special edition CD of Slade Alive.

Eight minutes to prepare a meal. What's it going to be ?

That’s just enough time to cook a good steak to medium-rare. That, some bread and a bit of salad. Done.

Seven people you'd like to go for a drink with ...

I’ll cheat and use some dead people, and apologies for an entirely male list: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau and Billy Wilder for the stories they could tell. Bon Scott and David Lee Roth, though I’d probably have to ask one or both of them to leave before the end of the evening. Jeff Beck, so long as he brought a guitar to teach me some licks. James Ellroy, because he’s tee-total and could therefore be the designated driver.

Six things you can't live without ...

A guitar, an amp, and a pick. A fully loaded iPod. My Le Creuset cast iron griddle pan. Beer.

Five favourite words ...

Copacetic. Kerfuffle. The other three aren’t fit to print.

Four places you'd run away to ...

Ortigia, the tiny island off the south coast of Sicily. The Glens of Antrim. New York. Barcelona.

Three books you've bought recently ...

The Boys from Brazil by Ira Levin. Home Brew Beer by Greg Hughes. Something by George Pelacanos, but I can’t remember the title.

Two things that make you rant ...

People who drop litter, and able-bodied idiots who park in disabled spaces.

One thing you'd tell your teenage self ...

Don’t take yourself so seriously.