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. A movie of Fergus’ second novel, Starlight, is currently in development. Starlight is the first book in a trilogy called The Three Lights. The second novel in the sequence -The Photographs of Gettysburg: Sunlight - has just been published.
Fergus is the author of twelve 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 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 2013.)
He has two children and now lives in Ireland.