'The Sunday Business Post' has described Fergus O'Connell as having 'more strings to his bow than a Stradivarius'.
His 2002 novel, 'Call The Swallow', was described by The Irish Times as ‘better than Schindler’s Ark’ [itself a Booker Prize winner]. 'Call The Swallow' was short listed for the 2002 Kerry Ingredients Irish Fiction Prize and nominated for the Hughes & Hughes / Sunday Independent Novel of the Year. His sixth novel, 'The Paradise Ghetto', will be published this summer - he is now working on its successor. Two of his novels have been optioned.
Fergus is also the author of fifteen business books. The first of these, 'How to Run Successful Projects - the Silver Bullet', has become both a bestseller and a classic and has been constantly in print for over twenty years. His book on common sense entitled 'Simply Brilliant' - also a bestseller and now in its fourth edition - was runner-up in the W H Smith Book Awards 2002. His books have been translated into twenty five languages.
Fergus has also written a book on project management for children. Entitled, 'How To Put A Man On The Moon If You're A Kid', the book is one of a pair of books to teach the essential skills of project management and time management to schoolchildren. (The other - 'How To Build Rome In A Day If You're A Kid' - will be published in 2017.)
He has two children and is currently implementing the New Year New Country New Novel plan. Having lived just outside Florence in 2016, he now lives in rural Cheshire, England.