Thomas Kilroy has written only one novel, The Big Chapel. It was shortlisted for the 1971 Booker Prize and won the 1971 Guardian Fiction Prize.
Born in County Kilkenny, Ireland, Kilroy has written 15 plays. They include The Death and Resurrection of Mr Roche, The Secret Fall of Constance Wilde and The Shape of Metal. He has also written a number of adaptations of Chekhov, Ibsen, Pirandello and Wedekind. In the 2004 Irish Times Theatre Awards he received a Special Tribute Award for his contribution to theatre. In February 2008 he was presented with the PEN Ireland Cross Award for his contribution to literature.