Eileen Battersby was born in California. She graduated with honours in English and History from University College Dublin, and went on to receive an honours MA on American writer Thomas Wolfe. She began reviewing books and sports writing which led her into a career in journalism as a staff arts writer with The Irish Times, eventually becoming the chief Literary Correspondent. She has written on archaeology, history, architecture, geography and horses and has championed fiction in translation.
Battersby published a memoir, Ordinary Dogs: A Story of Two Lives (2011), about her two rescue dogs. Her collection Second Readings (2010) features 52 of her reviews. She has discussed Kafka on RTÉ Radio 1.
Battersby has won the National Arts Journalist of the Year award four times. She also won National Critic of the Year in 2012.
Teethmarks on my Tongue is Eileen Battersby’s first novel, with impressive characterisation, humour and a vivid sense of place. It takes a clever, if barely street-wise teenaged narrator on a physical and psychological journey towards an astute, hard fought, and deserved, maturity.