15 Facts About Andrew O'Hagan


Andrew O'Hagan was born on 1968 and is a Scottish novelist and non-fiction author.


Andrew O'Hagan's mother was a school cleaner, his father worked as a joiner in Paisley, and he had four elder brothers.


Andrew O'Hagan's father was a violent alcoholic, and as a boy, he would hide books from his father under his bed.


Andrew O'Hagan attended St Winning's Primary then St Michael's Academy before studying at the University of Strathclyde, the first in his family to reach tertiary education.


In 1991, Andrew O'Hagan joined the staff of the London Review of Books, where he worked for four years.


In 2012, Andrew O'Hagan worked on a theatrical production about the crisis in British newspapers, entitled Enquirer, with the National Theatre of Scotland.


In March 2014, O'Hagan wrote about his experience as a ghost-writer for Julian Assange's autobiography.


Andrew O'Hagan's essay, entitled "Ghosting", published in the London Review of Books, gained significant media attention because of his description of Assange's character and strained relationships with past and present colleagues.


In 2015, Andrew O'Hagan published his fifth novel The Illuminations: A Novel, which was longlisted for the Booker Prize.


In October 2017, Andrew O'Hagan published The Secret Life: Three True Stories of the Digital Age that includes stories about his attempt to help Julian Assange write his memoirs, the author using the identity of a deceased man to make a new life on the Internet, and expanding on Craig Wright's claim to be Satoshi Nakamoto.


Four of Andrew O'Hagan's books have received adaptations into different media.


In September 2011, the National Theatre of Scotland presented The Missing as a play adapted by Andrew O'Hagan and directed by John Tiffany at Tramway, Glasgow.


In 2001, Andrew O'Hagan was named as a Goodwill Ambassador by the UK branch of UNICEF, and he has been involved in fundraising efforts for the organisation.


Andrew O'Hagan has travelled to the Sudan, India, Malawi and Mozambique and has joined fellow ambassadors Ewan McGregor, Ralph Fiennes, James Nesbitt, Martin Bell and Jemima Khan in campaigning for Unicef.


Andrew O'Hagan was selected by the literary magazine Granta for inclusion in their 2003 list of the top 20 young British novelists, and his novels have been translated into 15 languages.