Austin Duffy was born in 1974 and grew up in Dundalk, Ireland. He studied medicine at Trinity College Dublin, graduating in 1998 and proceeding to work in Australia and New Zealand before returning to Ireland and specializing in the field of oncology. He moved to the United States in 2006 to pursue a fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre, New York, at which time he enrolled as a part-time student at The Writer’s Studio in Greenwich Village, Manhattan. In 2011 Austin was awarded RTE’s Francis MacManus award for his short story ‘Orca’. His debut novel This Living and Immortal Thing (Granta Books) will be published in spring 2016.
He currently lives in Washington DC with his wife and son. He is a practising medical oncologist, working at the National Cancer Institute.