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“The descriptive detail is absolutely immense … vivid and psychedelic .. one of the most interesting books I’ve read. If you’re looking for something to turn your mind inside out and round the bend, this is the book for you”  cocobutterblog

Latest pseudo/imagined biog

“Street Girl is the most compelling biography I’ve read”  Amazon

“The best book I have ever read”  Amazon

Latest non-fiction

“Beautifully written .. the mix of fantasy with real history really gets the imagination going”  Amazon

“This is a fantastic, clearly written and descriptive book … all ages will love it”  Amazon

Latest YA

“McDonald’s writing is top class and makes putting down his book to get on with life an irritating activity.” – The Irish Post

Latest Fiction

Award-winning adaptations of five Shakespeare plays to graphic novel format

Graphic Novels

“John McDonald has woven a brilliant narrative that combines anecdote and ‘how to’ with great skill and verve” – Literary Review.


“Mc Donald has created a work of important social history” – Sunday Times.

Non fiction

“McDonald is an explorer of courage and a writer of immense talent” – The Irish Times


“McDonald’s prose is rich and thick and magically poetic…” – The Sunday Independent

About the Author

johnJohn is an award-winning writer in many genres – novelist, screenwriter and ghostwriter to name but a few. He was born in Southern Ireland and educated at St. Mary’s Secondary Academy and the London South Bank University. He has been writing professionally for twenty years and has a string of best-sellers, both fiction and non-fiction, to his name.

John’s screenwriting and graphic novel adaptations are multi award-winning and a senior commissioning editor at Simon & Schuster is on record as saying he’s the best ghostwriter she’s ever worked with.

John began his writing career on the stage, with plays produced by the Soho Theatre in London and also by touring companies and translations of his stage work produced in Paris. He went on to write for television and his original dramas for Channel 4 won awards in the 1980s. John progressed to writing novels, memoirs and adapting the works of William Shakespeare to award-winning graphic novel format.

Several of his novels have been adapted for film, with John himself writing the award-winning screenplays. Today, John is a prolific writer in all genres – he also edits and reviews for the New York Journal of Books. He is a member of The Society of Authors, The International Screenwriters Association, The Royal Shakespeare Company and an alumnus of the London South Bank University. He lives close to London with his family.



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