The quick bio:
Claire Hennessy is a writer and creative writing teacher living in Dublin, Ireland. She is the author of nine published novels for young adults and is working on a tenth. More information can be found at her website.
(Or indeed in that column over there on the right.)


The blog has lived at wordpress since late 2009. For ramblings 2004-09 head on over to livejournal.

Contact at: clairehennessy [at] gmail [dot] com.


    Things Claire likes:

  • books
  • books again
  • history, often of the variety most people would think trivial. Political causes of the First World War? Pssh. The concept of virginity over the past two thousand years? Bring it on.
  • feminism
  • wine. Good wine. I have this theory that you only really become a grown-up when you have a spice rack in your kitchen, but actually appreciating wine rather than gulping down the cheapest bottle they had in Tesco comes a close second.
  • musicals. The title of ‘favourite’ alternates between Wicked and Les Miserables, and it probably goes without saying that like so many people I have succumbed to the wonder that is Glee.
  • yoga
  • more books
  • TV shows on DVD. Boxsets are a thing of beauty and wonder.
  • tea, with lots of milk
  • pink wafer biscuits
  • After Eights
  • comedy. Laughter is good for the soul, and all that.
  • coloured tights
  • more books


    Things Claire likes in books:
    (In various book-review posts I have alluded to a list of shiny ‘n’ exciting things in books that make me more likely to buy and/or enjoy a book. Up until now it has been a hypothetical list. But no longer…)

  • boarding schools
  • time travel
  • fairytale adaptations
  • characters who are writers
  • historical settings (ones I am vaguely familiar with)
  • summer camp
  • characters who are otherwise artistic (visual arts, drama, music etc)
  • footnotes
  • dystopias
  • ‘problem novels’ for young adults
  • school or college being a large part of the story
  • lots of literary or other pop-culture references
  • lots of flirting
  • complicated relationships
  • legal battles as long as they are written by Jodi Picoult
  • rounded adult characters appearing in YA books
  • identifying-as-feminist characters
  • academia, ideally as written by David Lodge
  • jealous characters
  • female teenage characters with actual not-punished-for-it sexual desires
  • books set in Trinity College, Dublin
  • smart ‘chick-lit’
  • analytical characters
  • humour
  • books that pass the Bechdel Test
  • complicated friendships
  • teenage characters who have a good relationship with a step-family member

2 responses to “About

  • A list of listiness! « Claire Hennessy

    […] 11, 2010 at 7:30 pm (Random thoughts) I added this to my about page, then realised perhaps it deserved a post of its […]

  • Pratt

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