Ronan Bennett grew up in Belfast, and has a Ph.D. in history from King's College, London. He is the author of The Second Prison (shortlisted for the Irish Times/Aer Lingus prize), Overthrown By Strangers and The Catastrophist (shortlisted for the Whitbread Novel Award).
As uncompromising as a biblical text, Bennett s drama captures life in the raw both in the dock and the chamber. A modern parable in historic guise Independent, 24/6/05 - Independent This is a gripping novel, its narrative staggered with betrayal and intrigue and suffused with the hot threat of violence. Bennett s prose is economical, powerful, and often poetic' - The Times Bennett s evocation of a corner of England on the edge of apocalypse is wonderfully done the novel s language is flowing yet exact, marked with a wonderful strangeness - Kathryn Hughes, Guardian'An accomplished and ambitious work of fiction HAVOC is Bennett s best novel to date, and deserves a significant place in the modern canon - Observer'Superb already long-listed for the Booker, HAVOC, IN ITS THIRD YEAR has the pedigree of a novel that can, and should, go further. It is a thrillingly satisfying piece of work - Sunday Telegraph'Both an atmospheric thriller and a consternating study of the horrors of fundamentalism grim, compelling and ultimately bracing reading - Irish Independent Searingly powerful a fable and parable for all times and ours in particular sublimely written - Stevie Davies, Independent Bennett is a gifted writer with relentless fascination for misery Independent on Sunday, 12/6/05 - Independent on Sunday