Martin Boylan was born in Belfast and educated at Queen’s university. He started writing in Canada and had some short stories broadcast on CBC. Four of his stage plays have been produced – “ Mick and Ed”(The Abbey theatre), Thompsons(The Abbey theatre), Georgina(The United Arts club) and The Making of Father Sullivan(Anglo-Irish theatre, Tubingen, Germany). The latter play received the O Z Whitehead award for playwrighting. Martin has had over twenty radio plays produced by the BBC, RTE and Channel 4 radio – inclusive of comedy series. He also has a screenplay credit, “ Thompsons”, for RTE. He lives in Dublin with his wife, Catherine. “ The Jealous God” is his first published novel. Councillor O Toole, an eight half-hour radio comedy series, was broadcast six times by Channel 4 radio – the novel and the radio comedy series is available on his website.