PETER CUNNINGHAM is an award winning Irish novelist.
His historical novels The Sea And The Silence, Tapes Of The River Delta, Consequences Of The Heart and Love In One Edition, chronicle the lives of local families during the twentieth century, in Monument, the fictional version of Waterford in south-east Ireland, where Peter grew up. His novel, The Taoiseach, which was based on the life of former Irish Taoiseach (prime minister) Charles J. Haughey was a controversial bestseller. Capital Sins, a satirical novel, dealt with the collapse of the Irish economy during the financial crisis that began in 2008.
Peter has most recently devised and edited Sister Caravaggio, a collaborative crime novel whose contributors include the late Maeve Binchy.
His work has attracted a significant amount of critical attention and praise. The Sea And The Silence is a Number One Bestseller and was awarded the Prix de l’Europe in 2013. This novel also won the Prix Caillou and was short-listed for the Prix des Lecteurs du Telégramme. His fiction is distinguished by its fusing of political material with psychological realism and a lyrical sensitivity to place and people.
Peter is currently on the longlist for the Laureate for Irish Fiction, a position that carries a €150,000 three-year bursary. Among the other 33 nominees are Booker prize winners Anne Enright, John Banville and Roddy Doyle, as well as Dermot Bolger and William Trevor.
Peter is also a member of Aosdána, the Irish Academy for Arts and Letters. He has judged the Glen Dimplex Literary Awards and the Bantry Festival Writer’s Prize.
He is married to Carol, a Jungian analyst, with whom he has six children. He lives in County Kildare, Ireland.