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Eoin Colfer - Author

Both Eoin Colfer’s parents were teachers and young Eoin was taught by his dad Billy at Wexford’s Christian Brothers primary. Eoin remembers his dad’s presence in school as “witty…[he] made school fun.” Colfer junior’s first attempt at serious writing came in the sixth grade. “I wrote a play for the class about Norse Gods. Everyone died in the end except me.”

Eoin followed in his parents’ footsteps and trained to be a teacher but his writing didn't stop and his first book, Benny and Omar, appeared in 1999 and instantly achieved bestselling status in Ireland. Then in 2001 the first Artemis Fowl book was published and he was able to resign from teaching and concentrate fully on writing.

Apart from the hugely successful Artemis Fowl series his books include The Legend of the Worst Boy in the World, And another thing.... and his most recent adventure novel W.A.R.P.: The Reluctant Assassin.

Eoin Colfer was nominated for the 2012 Hans Christian Andersen Award.

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WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT EOIN COLFER... Praise for Artemis Fowl

“Wildly original… and you thought fairy stories were just for kids.” - T2 (The Telegraph)

“It’s a highly original adventure story with an action-packed plot which twists and turns right to the end – a kind of William Gibson meets the Hobbit/Irish Legends. It has all the right ingredients.” Marc Lambert, Children’s Programme Director at the Edinburgh Festival

“Make sure you buy it!” Denise Van Outen, Channel 4’s The Big Breakfast

If you like Eoin Colfer you might also like to read books by Terry Pratchett, Katherine Langrish and Herbie Brennan.

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Imaginary Fred
Eoin Colfer - illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month October 2016 There are so many adjectives you could use to describe this book - extraordinary, dazzling, original, funny, irresistible, quirky, imaginative, clever, stunning - but none go...
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Format: Paperback | Released 06/10/2016
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Anna Liza and the Happy Practice
Eoin Colfer - illustrated by Matt Robertson
Interest Age 5-8 Dotted with knock knock jokes and including an hilarious bit of involuntary roller skating, this little book will have young readers smiling. Anna Liza wants to be a psychiatrist like her mum, after all, she says, a...
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/03/2016
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The Seal's Fate
Eoin Colfer - illustrated by Victor Ambrus
Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month, November 2015 Children's Laureate of Ireland Eoin Colfer tells a touching story of a young boy trying to live up to his father which means doing something that goes against his nature. Bobby's father...
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/10/2015
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Once Upon a Place
Eoin Colfer
A collection of 11 new short stories and 6 new poems by Ireland's top children's writers, edited by Laureate na nOg Eoin Colfer and illustrated by world renowned artist PJ Lynch. Each of the stories and poems is based around...
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Format: Hardback | Released 15/10/2015
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Imaginary Fred
Eoin Colfer - illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award and One of our Books of the Year 2015 -Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Year 2015 There are so many adjectives you could use to describe this book - extraordinary, dazzling, original, funny,...
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Format: Hardback | Released 29/09/2015
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Mary's Hair
Eoin Colfer
Interest Age 5-8 Best-selling Eoin Colfer's Mary knows better than most about a bad hair day. Her hair is bad every day! Determined to improve on her horrible curly mop Mary takes matters into her own hands. Literally! The results...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/07/2015
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Reader ReviewedThe Forever Man
Eoin Colfer
The heroes of Eoin Colfer's wonderful time-travelling W.A.R.P. series, Victorian orphan Riley and Shawnee FBI juvenile consultant Chevie are back for another adventure, once again coming face to face with the evil – and now apparently immortal - Albert...
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Format: Paperback | Released 23/06/2015
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Reader ReviewedThe Hangman's Revolution
Eoin Colfer
April 2015 Book of the Month Best-selling Eoin Colfer gives readers a thrilling and action-packed new episode in his series of titles about Chevie Savano, a time travelling FBI agent. Chevie can use her time travel to save the past...
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/04/2015
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The Fish in the Bathtub
Eoin Colfer - illustrated by Peter Bailey
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2016 Book Award in the 7 - 11 year old category. One of our Dyslexia Friendly Books of the Year 2014 - Interest Age 5-8 It's post-war Poland and grandpa is on a mission to enjoy...
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/09/2014
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Reader ReviewedThe Hangman's Revolution
Eoin Colfer
Best-selling Eoin Colfer gives readers a thrilling and action-packed new episode in his series of titles about Chevie Savano, a time travelling FBI agent. Chevie can use her time travel to save the past and change the future. Chevie has...
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Format: Hardback | Released 26/06/2014
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Reader ReviewedThe Reluctant Assassin (WARP Book 1)
Eoin Colfer
Best-selling Eoin Colfer whose Artemis Fowl series gave the fairy world a brilliant makeover will enthral his readers with this action packed and gadget rich new series. Riley is a Victorian orphan, Chevie Sevano is the FBIs youngest agent....
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/04/2014
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Reader ReviewedW.A.R.P.: The Reluctant Assassin
Eoin Colfer
April 2013 Book of the Month Best-selling Eoin Colfer whose Artemis Fowl series gave the fairy world a brilliant makeover will enthral his readers with this action packed and gadget rich new series. Riley is a Victorian orphan, Chevie...
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Format: Hardback | Released 11/04/2013
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Artemis Fowl and the Last Guardian
Eoin Colfer
This is bestselling master storyteller Eoin Colfer, who set readers alight with his first title about Artemis Fowl, a young criminal mastermind who was more than a bit mixed up with the fairy world. Still working with the fairy world,...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/04/2013
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Mary's Hair
Eoin Colfer - illustrated by Richard Watson
One of our Dyslexia Friendly Books of the Year 2013 - Interest Age 5-8 Reading Age 6+ Best-selling Eoin Colfer's Mary knows better than most about a bad hair day. Her hair is bad every day! Determined to improve on...
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Format: Paperback | Released 08/02/2013
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Artemis Fowl and the Last Guardian : Book 8
Eoin Colfer
July 2012 Book of the Month. This is bestselling master storyteller Eoin Colfer, who set readers alight with his first title about Artemis Fowl, a young criminal mastermind who was more than a bit mixed up with the fairy world....
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Format: Hardback | Released 10/07/2012
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Artemis Fowl and the Atlantis Complex : Book 7
Eoin Colfer
Winner of the 2011 Independent Booksellers' Award Bestselling master criminal Artemis Fowl is back for another thrilling adventure. But, is he the same? Now fifteen, Artemis seems older and wiser and he is determined to save the world from global...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/04/2011
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Artemis Fowl: Book 1
Eoin Colfer
Best-selling Artemis Fowl has enchanted and delighted readers for a decade. Half hero, half villain and wholly brainy, although still only a boy, Artemis is a criminal mastermind who has a very daring scheme in mind. Can he steal what...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/04/2011
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Artemis Fowl and the Eternity Code: Book 3
Eoin Colfer
In his third adventure the cunning teenage evil genius plans to commit one final crime before going onto the straight and narrow. Artemis has constructed a new supercomputer, and the last thing he needs is for it to fall into...
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Artemis Fowl and the Time Paradox: Book 6
Eoin Colfer
This is the jaw-dropping, eagerly anticipated sixth book in multi-award-winning blockbuster Artemis Fowl series. Artemis finds himself travelling back in time to fight his younger self and save his mother from a dangerous illness. Fast, funny and as usual completely...
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Artemis Fowl and the Lost Colony: Book 5
Eoin Colfer
Best-selling Artemis Fowl is back with a new adventure. This time the teenage criminal mastermind must save the fairies from being discovered by the human world. As ever, he fights a fast and furious campaign with all the power –...
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Artemis Fowl And The Arctic Incident: Book 2
Eoin Colfer
The second book in the truly breathtaking Artemis Fowl series. This time we see the evil Irish criminal mastermind go after an evil pixie, the Russian mafiya and his school counsellor. Eoin Colfer takes a move away from the terrifically...
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Artemis Fowl and the Atlantis Complex: Book 7
Eoin Colfer
Bestselling master criminal Artemis Fowl is back for another thrilling adventure. But, is he the same? Now fifteen, Artemis seems older and wiser and he is determined to save the world from global warming. Gathering the leaders of the fairy...
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Format: Hardback | Released 20/07/2010
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Artemis Fowl: Book 1 (Puffin Modern Classics)
Eoin Colfer
Winner of the Puffin of Puffins. Chosen as the Puffin Modern Classic 2000 - 2009. Although only twelve years old, Artemis Fowl is already famous as a criminal master-mind. But, when he kidnaps Captain Holly Short of the...
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/06/2010
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And Another Thing ... Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Part Six of Three
Eoin Colfer
And Another Thing, the 6th book in the Hitchhiker's trilogy, or rather ‘double trilogy' as it has now become, has been written by the brilliantly funny Eoin Colfer, international number-one bestselling author of the Artemis Fowl novels. Colfer is not...
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Format: Paperback | Released 27/05/2010
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FLIPS: Artemis Fowl (Nintendo DS)
Eoin Colfer
Eoin Colfer's terrific series featuring the teenage criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl has been acclaimed as ‘Die Hard with fairies'! Now that his father has disappeared Artemis must take charge and rebuild his family fortune. Full of lots of interactivity this...
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Format: | Released 04/12/2009
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And Another Thing ... Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Part Six of Three
Eoin Colfer
And Another Thing, the 6th book in the Hitchhiker's trilogy, or rather ‘double trilogy' as it has now become, has been written by the brilliantly funny Eoin Colfer, international number-one bestselling author of the Artemis Fowl novels. Colfer is not...
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Format: Hardback | Released 11/10/2009
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And Another Thing ... Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Part Six of Three (Audio CD)
Eoin Colfer
An Audio version of this long awaited sequel. And Another Thing, the 6th book in the Hitchhiker's trilogy, or rather ‘double trilogy' as it has now become, has been written by the brilliantly funny Eoin Colfer, international number-one bestselling author...
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Format: CD-Audio | Released 11/10/2009
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Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident - Graphic Novel
Eoin Colfer
A thrilling new crime adventure for the young mastermind genius Artemis Fowl, who stars in this visually dramatic adventure. Artemis must brave the sub-zero temperatures of the Arctic Circle to rescue his father who is being held prisoner by the...
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Format: Paperback | Released 06/08/2009
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Artemis Fowl and the Time Paradox: Book 6
Eoin Colfer
This is the jaw-dropping, eagerly anticipated sixth book in multi-award-winning blockbuster Artemis Fowl series. Artemis finds himself travelling back in time to fight his younger self and save his mother from a dangerous illness. Fast, funny and as usual completely...
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/04/2009
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Airman
Eoin Colfer
Shortlisted for the Carnegie Award 2009 and shortlisted for the Bisto Irish Children's Book Award. A fabulous blood racing story that blends adventure, fantasy, history and science fiction and then dusts it with humour: Conor's destiny is to fly but...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/01/2009
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Artemis Fowl and the Time Paradox: Book 6
Eoin Colfer
This is the jaw-dropping, eagerly anticipated sixth book in multi-award-winning blockbuster Artemis Fowl series. Artemis finds himself travelling back in time to fight his younger self and save his mother from a dangerous illness. Fast, funny and as usual completely...
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Format: Hardback | Released 07/08/2008
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The Legend Of The Worst Boy In The World
Eoin Colfer
Will has four brothers all of whom love to complain so neither Mum or Dad has much time to listen to him. Will needs his own listener and, with lots of time on his hands, Grandad seems perfect for the...
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/01/2008
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Airman
Eoin Colfer
A fabulous blood racing story that blends adventure, fantasy, history and science fiction and then dusts it with humour: Conor's destiny is to fly but no one knew that all too soon he'd be flying for real – to save...
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Artemis Fowl - Graphic Novel
Eoin Colfer
Not to be missed! This book is slick, stylish; action packed and is an exhilarating read from start to finish. The criminal genius and mastermind is available for the first time in graphic novel form. Giovanni Rigano, who worked on...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/10/2007
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Half Moon Investigations
Eoin Colfer
Fletcher Moon is a twelve year old private detective: with a dozen successful investigations under his belt, he's planning to head for the big time. No more kids' stuff for him. Moon wants real cases and real money. With Doobie...
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/07/2007
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Artemis Fowl and the Lost Colony: Book 5
Eoin Colfer
Best-selling Artemis Fowl is back with a new adventure. This time the teenage criminal mastermind must save the fairies from being discovered by the human world. As ever, he fights a fast and furious campaign with all the power –...
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Format: Paperback (b Format) | Released 03/05/2007
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The Wish List
Eoin Colfer
Thoroughly recommended as one of the funniest, most exciting and original children's novels. The plot takes place around the eternal struggle between good and evil, Heaven and hell. The main character, Meg has to redeem herself after her death to...
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/05/2007
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The Legend Of Captain Crow's Teeth
Eoin Colfer
Five brothers have a lot of fun on holiday by the sea, especially with the disco to look forward to. But the excitement of going is spoilt for Will when Marty tells him the story of the cutthroat pirate Captain...
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Format: Paperback (b Format) | Released 04/01/2007
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Half Moon Investigations CD
Eoin Colfer
Not to be missed, this is the CD - Audio version of the classic Eoin Colfer story. Fletcher Moon is a twelve year old private detective: with a dozen successful investigations under his belt, he's planning to head for the...
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Format: Cd-audio | Released 01/06/2006
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Artemis Fowl and the Opal Deception: Book 4
Eoin Colfer
The fourth rip roaring story about Artemis Fowl and the unique fairy world in which he operates. Here, the evil pixie Opal Koboi is back. Now she wants power over humans as well as fairies and she'll stop at nothing...
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Format: Paperback (b Format) | Released 06/04/2006
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Artemis Fowl And The Arctic Incident: Book 2
Eoin Colfer
The second book in the truly breathtaking Artemis Fowl series. This time we see the evil Irish criminal mastermind go after an evil pixie, the Russian mafiya and his school counsellor. Eoin Colfer takes a move away from the terrifically...
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Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2006
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Artemis Fowl and the Eternity Code: Book 3
Eoin Colfer
In his third adventure the cunning teenage evil genius plans to commit one final crime before going onto the straight and narrow. Artemis has constructed a new supercomputer, and the last thing he needs is for it to fall into...
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Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2006
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The Supernaturalist
Eoin Colfer
From the creator that brought you Artemis Fowl comes a totally different type of plot-twisting adventure story. This one includes supernatural creatures, a disenfranchised band of Supernaturalists, and rather a lot of futuristic weapons. The hero is a fourteen-year-old boy...
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Format: Paperback | Released 27/01/2005
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The Legend of Spud Murphy
Eoin Colfer
With five brothers in one house things often get out of hand. When Dad has ‘had enough', he decides that Will and Marty should spend the afternoon in the Library. But he doesn't know about the librarian, Mrs Murphy…Can Will...
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Format: Paperback | Released 06/01/2005
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