My name is Clare O’Dea and I am the author of the historical novel Voting Day, set in Switzerland in 1959. Voting Day will be published in February 2021 in English, German, French and Italian.

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I have also written two non-fiction books – The Naked Irish: Portrait of a Nation Beyond the Clichés, published by Mentor Books in September 2019, and The Naked Swiss: A Nation Behind 10 Myths published by Bergli Books (2016 & 2018). The Naked Swiss is also available in French and German.

Originally from Dublin, I have lived in Switzerland since 2003, on the invisible line where the French- and German-speaking cultures meet. I spent nine years as a journalist/ online editor at the international news service of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation, swissinfo.ch, covering Swiss politics, culture and business news. I previously worked as a staff journalist for The Irish Times.

You can read an extract from The Naked Irish here. If you would like to read a sample of my fiction, try The Obituary, a short story that was highly commended in the 2019 Irish Books Awards.

A good way to keep up to date with writing news and events is to follow my author Facebook page.

I am available for writing and communications work (see contact page). You will find me on Twitter @clareodeaz. Thanks for stopping by!

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