Michael Collins was born in Limerick, Ireland. He is the author of ten works of fiction. His work has been translated into seventeen languages.
His novel The Keepers of Truth was shortlisted for theMan Booker Prize and the IMPAC Award. Other novels have won The Irish Novel of the Year, The Pacific Northwest Bookseller’s Award, along with the Prix Littéraire Lucien Barrière. His short fiction has won thePushcart Award for Best Fiction. He is the recipient of numerous New York Times Notable Book of the Year Awards.
Collins is also an ultra-runner. As captain of the Irish National 100k Team, he earned a bronze medal at the 2010 World Masters 100k Championships in Gibraltar. Notable wins include The Everest Marathon, The North Pole Marathon, The Antarctic Marathon and theSahara Marathon.
Collins was educated at The University of Notre Dame and Oxford University and holds a doctorate degree.