Writer Louise Kennedy: ‘When I was young, I was obsessed with death. Now I live with cancer and rarely think about dying’

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Author Louise Kennedy

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Born in Holywood, Co Down, Louise Kennedy grew up in Naas, Co Kildare, studied at UCD, ran a bar in Beirut and now lives in Sligo. Before becoming a writer, she worked as a chef for nearly 30 years. Her debut novel, Trespasses, was named Irish Novel of the Year Award at the Irish Book Awards and was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction. This week it won Debut of the Year at the British Book Awards. ​

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