I’m an author and journalist. My books include Young Adult paranormal mystery Shiver the Whole Night Through (2014), crime novels for adults The Polka Dot Girl (2013) and Even Flow (2012), humorous non-fiction GAA Confidential (2007) and comic novel Cold! Steel! Justice!!! (2011), published under the name Alexander O’Hara. All have received excellent reviews, available to read on the right-hand side of my homepage.
For two decades I’ve written reviews, features and opinion columns for several newspapers and magazines, including the Irish Independent, Sunday Times, Guardian and RTÉ Guide. Several short stories have appeared in literary journals in Ireland, UK and US. I’ve also written a play, which has had actor readings in Manhattan and Belfast, while one of my film scripts placed in the top 5% of 6,000 entrants to the Nicholl Fellowship competition, run by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (Oscars).
I live in the west of Ireland, and am currently writing a new book and working on a screenplay adaptation of The Polka Dot Girl with New York-based French filmmaker Éléonore Pourriat (debut feature, Je ne suis pas un homme facile, was released by Netflix in 2018).
Have a look around the site for news and excerpts from my books, and various articles from down the years, or check out my Amazon author page for my other books. Please email darraghmcmanus(AT)yahoo(DOT)com re. journalism work, or if you’re a publisher interested in any of my books.