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Tim O'Brien

Tim O'Brien was born in Minnesota, and graduated from Macalester College in St Paul. He served as an infantryman in Vietnam and after graduate studies at Harvard worked as a national affairs reporter for the Washington Post. He first came to prominence in 1973 with If I Die in a Combat Zone, the compelling fictionalised account of his time in Vietnam. His highly acclaimed novels include Going After Cacciato (winner of the 1979 National Book Award in Fiction), The Things They Carried, In the Lake of the Woods and Tomcat in Love.

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If I Die In A Combat Zone If I Die In A Combat Zone
First published in 1973, this intensely personal novel about one foot...
July, July July, July
At a 30-year reunion, a group of old friends tell the story of their...
Northern Lights Northern Lights
The frozen wilderness of Minnesota's Arrowhead county is the setting for...


Tomcats and Turtles - An interview with Tim O'Brien Tim O'Brien is back. The author of If I Die In A Combat Zone and Going After Cacciato has written a masterpiece of comic fiction - Tomcat in Love. The Tomcat in question is Thomas Chippering, an oversized and oversexed professor of linguistics, obsessed with women and language and in particular with his ability to use language to win the hearts of the women around him. Tim O'Brien has been described as "the best American writer of his generation", and Tomcat in Love is proof of...

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