Born in Co. Wexford, ANDREW HUGHES was educated at Trinity College, Dublin. A qualified archivist, he worked for RTE before going freelance. It was while researching his acclaimed social history of Fitzwilliam Square – Lives Less Ordinary: Dublin’s Fitzwilliam Square, 1798-1922 – that he first came across the true story of John Delahunt that inspired his debut novel.
Sister Stanislaus Kennedy is an Irish Sister of Charity and the founder of Focus Ireland. She has been instrumental in developing and implementing social-service programmes that have benefited thousands of needy people throughout Ireland and Europe. For this work, she has received many awards, including Honorary Degrees of Law from Trinity College Dublin, the National University of Ireland, as well as a presidential medal from New York University.
George Kimball spent a quarter-century as a sports columnist for the Boston Herald and wrote the popular American At Large column in the Irish Times from 1997. In 1985 he was awarded the Nat Fleischer Award for Excellence in Boxing Journalism from the Boxing Writers Association of America. He covered nearly 400 world-title fights in a four-decade long sports writing career and his bestselling book Four Kings has been acclaimed as one of the best books ever written on boxing. Sadly, George Kimball died in July 2011.