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Ronan Bennett

Ronan Bennett was brought up in Belfast, Ireland, and now lives in London.

Bennett's film credits include Face (1997), which starred Robert Carlyle and Ray Winstone; Lucky Break (2001), a prison escape comedy directed by Peter Cattaneo; and The Hamburg Cell (2004), directed by Antonia Bird, about the men who planned and carried out the 9/11 attacks.

His television debut was Love Lies Bleeding (1993), directed by Michael Winterbottom and which starred Mark Rylance. This was followed by A Man You Don't Meet Every Day (1994), Rebel Heart (2001) and the eco-thriller Fields of Gold (2002).

He wrote all eight episodes of the landmark BBC series 10 Days to War, which starred Kenneth Branagh, Stephen Rea, Toby Jones, Harriet Walter, Art Malik and Juliet Stevenson, and was broadcast in March 2008 to mark the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq.

Bennett is the author of five novels, including the hugely acclaimed The Catastrophist (1998, short- listed for the Whitbread Novel Award and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award) and Havoc, in Its Third Year (2005, winner of the Hughes & Hughes Irish Novel of the Year, long-listed for the Man Booker Prize and short-listed for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award). His latest novel, Zugzwang (2007), was serialized for 30 weeks in The Observer in 2006 and has just been published in paperback (Bloomsbury USA). It was short-listed for the Hughes & Hughes Irish Book Award in 2008 and has been translated into 14 languages.

He has written short stories and plays for BBC radio, and his memoir Fire and Rain (BBC Radio 4, 1994) won The Gold Award from the Sony Radio Academy. He has been a regular contributor to The Guardian, The Observer, The Independent on Sunday, London Review of Books, Los Angeles Times, New Statesman and many other publications, writing on topics as various as the peace process in Ireland, the imprisonment of children in modern Britain, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the contemporary novel, chess and food.

Among the projects Bennett has in development are Darkness at Noon, an adaptation of Arthur Koestler's famous novel for Portobello Pictures/UK Film Council; Prince of the Marshes (working title) for Canal +/Plan B Films; Cherub: The Recruit, an adaptation of the best-selling young adult novel for Sarah Radclyffe Productions/BBC Films/HanWay Films and to be directed by Chris Smith; Reading in the Dark, an adaptation of the 1996 Man Booker Prize short-listed novel by Seamus Deane, to be directed by Tom Collins; Top Boy, a feature-length film for Portobello Pictures/BBC Films set in contemporary Hackney (Greater London); and A Most Wanted Man, an adaptation of John le Carré's novel, produced by Simon Channing Williams.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2009.

Ronan Bennett Facts

BirthplaceBelfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

Selected Filmography

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