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Douglas Kennedy was born in Manhattan in 1955. His father was a commodities broker and his mother worked at NBC. He was educated at The Collegiate School and graduated magna cum laude from Bowdoin College in 1976. He also spent a year studying at Trinity College Dublin.

"I was a history major," Kennedy explained. "Retrospectively, I think the history major provides much better training for a novelist. So much of what I do in my own fiction is observational, is looking at behavior. By studying human history you really see how human folly endlessly repeats itself. In my work...in whatever form it takes...I am very much grappling with what it means to be American in this way."

In 1977, he returned to Dublin and started a co-operative theatre company with a friend. This led him to being hired to run the Abbey Theatre's second house, The Peacock. At the age of 28, he resigned from The Peacock to write full time. After several radio plays for the BBC and one stage play - Send Lawyers, Guns and Money, premiered at the Peacock in 1986 - he decided to switch direction and wrote a narrative travel book, Beyond the Pyramids.

This appeared in 1988, the same year that he and his ex wife moved to London. Two more non-fiction titles and a novel, The Dead Heart, followed. Then, in 1997, The Big Picture was published to international acclaim. His subsequent novels include The Pursuit of Happiness, A Special Relationship,State of the Union. The Woman in the Fifth and Leaving The World. His work has been translated into twenty-one languages. In April 2007, he was awarded the French decoration, the Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. In November of 2009 he received the first 'Grand Prix du Figaro', awarded by the newspaper 'Le Figaro'. He has two children, Max and Amelia. He divides his time between London, Paris, Berlin and Maine.

His novel The Dead Heart was the basis of the 1997 film Welcome to Woop Woop. A French film version of his novel, The Big Picture, will be released in 2010, starring Romain Duris and Catherine Deneuve, under the title: L'Homme Qui Voulait Vivre Sa Vie. Already published to huge acclaim in Europe - where it was a number one bestseller in France earlier this year - "Leaving the World" will be published in the United States by Atria (a division of Simon and Schuster) in June 2010.

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Total Books: 148
Isabelle in the Afternoon
2020 - Isabelle in the Afternoon (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780091953744
ISBN-10: 009195374X
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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La symphonie du hasard 1
2018 - La Symphonie Du Hasard 1 [French Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782266286725
ISBN-10: 2266286722
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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The Blue Hour A Novel
2017 - The Blue Hour a Novel (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781451666397
ISBN-10: 145166639X
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 1

Mirage
2017 - Mirage [French Edition] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9782266265256
ISBN-10: 2266265253
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The Blue Hour
2016 - The Blue Hour [Large Print] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781410489449
ISBN-10: 1410489442
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
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The Heat of Betrayal
2016 - The Heat of Betrayal (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780099585183
ISBN-10: 0099585189
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
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The Big Picture
2014 - The Big Picture (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9782818702901
ISBN-10: 2818702909
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Five Days
2014 - Five Days (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780099509721
ISBN-10: 0099509725
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Five Days A Novel
2013 - Five Days a Novel (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781451666335
ISBN-10: 1451666330
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
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Five Days A Novel
2013 - Five Days a Novel (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781451666359
ISBN-10: 1451666357
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 2.7/5 Stars.
 3

The Moment
2012 - The Moment (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780099509738
ISBN-10: 0099509733
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
 1

Temptation
2012 - Temptation (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781451602104
ISBN-10: 1451602103
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 2

The Moment A Novel
2011 - The Moment a Novel (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781451608595
ISBN-10: 1451608594
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.
 3

The Woman in the Fifth
2011 - The Woman in the Fifth (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781451602111
ISBN-10: 1451602111
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.
 5

The Moment
2011 - The Moment (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781439180792
ISBN-10: 1439180792
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 1

Die Liebhaberin
2011 - Die Liebhaberin (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9783453352346
ISBN-10: 3453352343
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State of the Union
2011 - State of the Union (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781451602098
ISBN-10: 145160209X
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
 5

A Special Relationship
2011 - A Special Relationship (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781439199138
ISBN-10: 1439199132
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
 12

Une Relation Dangereuse
2010 - Une Relation Dangereuse [French Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782266199247
ISBN-10: 2266199242
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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The Pursuit of Happiness
2010 - The Pursuit of Happiness (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781439199121
ISBN-10: 1439199124
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 5

Leaving the World
2010 - Leaving the World (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781439180785
ISBN-10: 1439180784
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
 18

2010 - Stochastic Financial Models [Chapman & Hall/CRC Financial Mathematics Series] (Hardcover)
2008 - Douglas Kennedy Coffret 3 Volumes [French Edition] (Paperback)
2008 - La Femme Du Ve [The Woman in the Fifth - French Edition] (Other)
2001 - Der Job (Paperback)
The Big Picture [Audio Cassette] (Audio Cassette)
Cet Instant-l [French Edition] (Paperback)