Author of The Angel of the Streetlamps

Sean Moncrieff was born in London to an Irish mother and a Scottish father. When he was twelve, his family moved to Ballinasloe, County Galway. He has worked a journalist in Dublin and London and later became involved in broadcasting, presenting a string of hit television shows on Irish television. In the UK he has worked for the BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5, both as a scriptwriter and presenter.

He presents MONCRIEFF, amulti-award-winning radio show on NewsTalk and writes a weekly column in The Irish Times.

His first novel, Dublin, a needle-sharp, funny and scathing thriller, was published in May 2001 by Doubleday and reached the bestseller lists in Ireland. A non-fiction book, Stark Raving Rulers: twenty minor despots of the twenty-first century, was published in October 2004, followed by God, A Users’ Guide in 2006. A second novel, The History of Things, was published in 2007, and a third, The Angel of the Streetlamps, in 2012. Moncrieff’s non-fiction book The Irish Paradox (2015) was a bestseller in Ireland.

Betimes Books will publish in 2020 Sean’s new novel, Fake.


Praise for Sean Moncrieff

“This is as good a novel about modern Ireland as anything else published this century…dazzling, unsettling, unfairly brilliant. ” Irish Examiner

“Moncrieff is a fluid, confident writer…powerful. ” The Irish Times

“Arguably the best Irish novel of the year… ” Irish Independent

“Written with skill and panache. ” Irish Mail on Sunday

“A telling portrait of smugness and disillusionment, of the festering underbelly of Celtic Tigerland.” Sunday Independent

“Moncrieff takes the well-worn images of warm and sleepy Dublin, pulls a plastic bag over their head and executes them…” Evening Herald

“Sharp, witty, gloriously violent…says more about modern life in Ireland than any number of “serious” works by established writers.” Sunday Business Post 


Follow Sean on Twitter at @SeanMoncrieff