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Ian Flitcroft

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Location: Dublin
Availability: Speaks at events. Speaks to writer groups. Speaks to book clubs.

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Most of the time I’m an eye surgeon at Temple St Children’s Hospital and Mater Private Hospital. I’m extensively published in the academic world with more than 30 scientific peer-reviewed papers and contributions to four multi-author books.

The Reluctant Cannibals is my first full length novel. This novel was one of the winners of the Irish Writers' Centre Novel Fair in 2012 and in 2013 was shortlisted for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, reaching the last five in the general fiction category. I was a finalist in Food and Wine magazine's restaurant critic competition in 2012 and a semi-finalist in the Jeffrey Archer Flash Fiction competition in 2013.

I am just putting the finishing touches on my second novel and have a growing collection of food related short stories covering a range of topics from a lobster in love with a young girl, an oyster’s perspective on being eaten, to the girl who died because she didn’t eat enough cup-cakes.

As well as The Reluctant Cannibals I’ve also written an award winning popular science blog (www.journeybystarlight.com). This blog has been developed into a science book for young adults in the style of a graphic novel with illustrations by the hugely talented Britt Spencer. ‘Journey by Starlight – A time traveller’s guide to life, the universe and everything’ was published in the USA by One Peace Books in March 2013. Journey by Starlight has now been translated into Turkish, Korean and Japanese. Visit the Journey by Starlight microsite at www.journeybystarlight.com.

Books by Ian Flitcroft

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The Reluctant Cannibals

When a group of food-obsessed academics at Oxford University form a dining society devoted to promoting gastronomy, what could possibly go wrong? More than they ever imagined. Their well-intentioned explorations of gastronomy lead them into murky waters with a dead Japanese diplomat, charges of grave robbing and a bizarre cannibalistic experiment.

The Reluctant Cannibals was one of the winners of the 2012 Writers’ Centre Novel Fair. In 2013 it was shortlisted for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (last five in general fiction category) and has also been shortlisted for the People’s Book Prize in the UK.

"This book was bloody brilliant. One of the best I've read so far this year."

"The Reluctant Cannibals is a delicious tale dripping with gallows humor and British wit."

"This book was a hoot!"

"It was a complete joy to read and unique in its concept and its execution."

"Flitcroft has created a tale full of wonderful black humour that delights at every turn."

“A truly compelling read with a shocking climax.” Publishers Weekly:

The Reluctant Cannibals was published on October 1st 2013 by Legend Press (UK).

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Journey by Starlight

Journey by Starlight is a guided tour of the scientific universe in the form of a graphic novel. Einstein returns in the ultimate thought experiment to guide you through just about everything you could ever want to know about science from relativity to the meaning of life.

“Dr. Flitcroft and Mr. Spencer have created a showcase for why comics and graphic novels can be the perfect teaching tools.” - New York Journal of Books

"..it has the potential to open up physics and the realm of Einstein to unsuspecting comics fans, which means Flitcroft’s journey is a success.” - Publishers Weekly

"Science comic extraordinaire!" - starred review in Booklist

Journey by Starlight (illustrated by Britt Spencer and written by Ian Flitcroft) was published by One Peace Books, New York in March 2013.

It is also available from the iBook store in digital format.

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