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‘A writer intrigued by life on the outside.’ THE INDEPENDENT

DIANE CONNELL was born and educated in New Zealand and has lived and worked in Japan, France and the UK. She began her writing career in a newspaper office in Tokyo before becoming an advertising copywriter and writing for the international non-profit sector. For many years she lived in Paris, where she began writing as a novelist. She later moved to London, where her first two books, Julian Corkle is a Filthy Liar and Sherry Cracker Gets Normal, were published under the name of D.J. Connell. She now lives in Sydney.

Her latest novel The Improbable Life of Ricky Bird was published by Simon & Schuster in April 2022.

Julian Corkle is a Filthy Liar was shortlisted for the Polari First Book Prize in the UK. Optioned by Sarah Radclyffe Productions and Macgowan Films, the novel was adapted for screen by Mark Herman, Jonathan Entwistle and Rachel Hirons. Now in pre-production, the film will be directed by M.J. Delaney. 

Diane Connell is a regular contributor on BBC London Radio and is a former recipient of an Arts Council England grant.

She is represented by Jane Novak Literary Agency.


The Improbable Life of Ricky Bird is sure to appeal to a wide range of readers with its warmth, depth and brilliant young protagonist. This is a novel that will leave a smile on your face, as well as tears. BETTER READING

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