Michael Collins was born in Limerick, Ireland. He is the author of six novels, and two collections of short stories.
His work has garnered numerous awards, including a Pushcart Award for Best American Short Stories, The Kerry Ingredients Irish Novel of the Year, and his books have been shortlisted for the Booker Prize and IMPAC Prize. Collins is also an extreme athlete. He has won The Last Marathon in the Antarctic and set a record time in winning both The Himalayan 100 Mile Stage Race and The Everest Challenge Marathon.