Emily Hourican
 
 

Emily Hourican

 
 
 
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Emily Hourican is the author of two novels, The Privileged and White Villa, and one book of non-fiction, How To Really Be A Mother, which is very definitely NOT a guide to bringing up children; rather, it is a funny and very honest look at what happens to us when we have them.

The book was described by psychologist and best selling author Oliver James as “really excellent”.

Emily has been an editor – of Himself magazine, The Dubliner magazine and Hospitality Ireland – and a journalist – writing for The Sunday Independent, Image magazine, Woman and Home, Conde Nast Traveller and Time Out – for nearly 20 years.

Her first novel, The Privileged was published in 2016 and became an instant bestseller. It was widely and enthusiastically reviewed, and short-listed for the Best Commercial Fiction Awards at the 2016 Irish Book Awards. White Villa, her second novel, was published in August 2017, and described as "the perfect holiday read" and "a gripping page-turner".

Emily was born in Belfast and grew up in Brussels, where she went to the European School and became, for a while, fluent in being a total Eurobrat.

She moved to Dublin in 1990 and studied English and History at UCD, then did a Masters in English Literature, also at UCD. She lives in Dublin with her husband, David, and three children.

In 2015 Emily was diagnosed with mouth cancer, caused by the HPV virus, and treated. She wrote extensively, and very frankly, about the diagnosis, treatment and aftermath, in a series of ground-breaking diaries for the Sunday Independent.

In 2016 she was given the all-clear, and is currently busy writing her third novel, due to be published in summer 2018.

Emily is an articulate, entertaining and very experienced interviewer and public speaker. She has regularly appeared on radio and TV, including The Late Late Show in 2016. These days she is a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars where she talks honestly about having and recovering from cancer.

 

The Cancer Diaries can be read here:

 
 

6 december 2015
I just want to go home, to my three kids, back to work, back to my life

Published in The Sunday Independent
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13 december 2015
Emily Hourican is fitted for her radiotherapy mask - 'I see my old life drifting further away from me'

Published in The Sunday Independent
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20 december 2015
"On my birthday I will get a second dose of drugs and my first radiotherapy session"

Published in The Sunday Independent
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27 december 2015
"There are 34 more sessions of this to get through. It is a distance run, not a sprint"

Published in The Sunday Independent
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3 JANUARY 2016
"Right now, this is all more depressing than it is dramatic"

Published in The Sunday Independent
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10 JANUARY 2016
"I don't really know who I am any more"

Published in The Sunday Independent
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17 JANUARY 2016
If Bowie could die, then any of us could...

Published in The Sunday Independent
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24 JANUARY 2016
Two more weeks and this cancer nightmare is over

Published in The Sunday Independent
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31 JANUARY 2016
"I used to like being thin but if this is size zero, then it's horrible"

Published in The Sunday Independent
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7 February 2016
Emily Hourican comes to the end of her cancer treatment - "Day by day, hour by hour - Just put one foot in front of the other..."

Published in The Sunday Independent
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24 JuLY 2016
Second acts: Emily Hourican on her next novel and he struggle after cancer treatment

Published in The Sunday Independent
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