Julian Gough is the author of the acclaimed new novel, Connect. But wait! You are, no doubt, rightly wary of such empty boasts; so let us see some examples of actual acclaim:
“Read Connect, by the absurdly brilliant Julian Gough, a mind-expanding technothriller with a hotly beating human heart.” Emma Donoghue, New York Times bestselling author of Room
"Propulsively paced and ingeniously twisting. Gough has written a hyperactive, adrenaline-junkie dystopian thriller that deserves to be made into a belter of a film franchise." – The Times
"A dazzling technothriller" – The Guardian
There you go. Connect is, indeed, acclaimed...
Julian was born in London, raised in Tipperary, in rural Ireland, and educated in Galway on Ireland's Atlantic coast. (In answer to your most frequently asked question: Gough rhymes with cough.) He is also the author of three previous novels, two BBC radio plays, a successful stage play, and the ending to Time Magazine’s 2011 computer game of the year, Minecraft, which has sold over 140 million copies.
His most charming novel is Juno & Juliet. His funniest, oddest (and most prize-winning) novel is Jude in Ireland (originally known as Jude: Level 1). It concerns a young Irish orphan's search for true love. His most thrilling novel is Connect.
2016 saw the publication of his first children's book, Rabbit's Bad Habits, which Neil Gaiman called "a laugh-out-loud story", and Eoin Colfer called "an instant modern classic". The award-winning artist Jim Field provided the marvellous pictures. Two more Rabbit & Bear books, also illustrated by Jim Field, have followed. Translated into over twenty languages, they have been shortlisted for many awards in the UK and Ireland, including two Irish Book of the Year awards. In 2018, Rabbit & Bear: The Pest in the Nest won France's Prix Livrentête: a prize voted for by thousands of children across the country.
He won the largest prize in the world for a single short story (the BBC National Short Story Award) in 2007, and was shortlisted for the Everyman Bollinger Wodehouse Prize in 2008, and again in 2011, for his linked novels Jude in Ireland, and Jude in London. His poetry collection, Free Sex Chocolate, was published in 2010.
In 2013, he had a UK number one Kindle Single with the comic novella CRASH!
In his youth, Gough sang with underground literary pop band Toasted Heretic. They released four albums, and had a top ten hit with the single "Galway and Los Angeles", a song about not kissing Sinead O'Connor.
He now lives in Berlin. Feel free to say hello to him on Twitter, or through his website.