Christine Dwyer Hickey was born in Dublin and is a novelist and short story writer. Her latest novel The Narrow Land (2019) won two major prizes in the year 2020 – the Walter Scott Prize for Literary Fiction and the inaugural Dalkey Literary Award.

The year 2020 also saw her novel Tatty (2004) chosen as UNESCOs Dublin One City One Book.

Tatty, first published in 2004, was shortlisted for Irish Novel of The Year 2005 and nominated for The Orange Prize. It was listed as one of the 50 Irish Novels of the Decade.

The Cold Eye of Heaven (2011) won The Irish Novel of the Year 2012 and was nominated for the International IMPAC award.

Last Train from Liguria (2009) was nominated for the Prix L’Européen de Littérature.

Her short stories have been published in anthologies and magazines worldwide and have won several awards including twice winner of The Listowel Writers’ Competition and The Observer/Penguin Competition. She was longlisted for The Sunday Times EFG competition 2017 and her story Back to Bones was the winner of the Short Story of the Year Award at the Irish Book Awards 2017.

Her play Snow Angels premiered at the Project Arts Theatre in 2014.

She has delivered lectures on James Joyce, Edward Hopper and the influence of childhood on the work of writers.

Christine has taught creative writing through workshops and master classes in various locations around the world.

She is a regular contributor to radio and television shows.

Her work has been widely translated into European and Arabic languages. She is an elected member of Aosdana, the Irish academy of arts.


Tatty is the story of a Dublin family as told through the eyes of one of its children over a ten year period. During this time we see the destruction brought about by alcoholism as one little girl tries to come to terms with her parents’ drinking.
This is the story of a disturbed childhood, yet it is also filled with humour and love. Chapter by chapter, the child’s voice matures and her perception becomes more honed; we are left with a stunning portrait of a disintegrating family and the child lost within it.

Author Christine Dwyer Hickey said:

I’m absolutely delighted. Tatty is a novel that is connected to the city of Dublin in so many ways – it’s an honour to have it chosen as Dublin One City One Book for 2020.