Kathleen Mac Mahon is the author of two bestselling novels, and an occasional journalist for print and broadcast media.


Her first novel, ‘This Is How It Ends’ was shortlisted for the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year award, and for two Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards. A Richard and Judy Summer Book Club choice, it was also runner up in a public poll for Book of the Year on RTÉ’s Liveline programme.

Her second novel ‘The Long, Hot Summer,’ was a bestseller in Ireland when it was released in May 2015. Warmly praised by critics and authors, it will be published in paperback in Ireland and the U.K. in June 2016 and in hardback in the U.S. in July.

Before becoming a full time writer, Kathleen worked for many years with Ireland’s national broadcaster, RTÉ, first as a radio reporter and subsequently as a television journalist on the foreign desk. During her time in RTÉ, she won a National Media Award for News and Current Affairs. She continues to take an interest in news.

Kathleen’s meandering education started in Dublin City University, where she studied International Marketing and Languages for two years. She abandoned that to do a B.A in History and English at University College Dublin, before ending up at Cambridge University, where she took an M.Phil in European Studies.

Her early childhood was spent in Nicaragua and Brazil.