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Audrey Magee is an Irish novelist and journalist. Her debut novel, The Undertaking, was nominated for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction in 2014.


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Magee studied German and French at University College Dublin and journalism at Dublin City University. For 12 years, she worked as a journalist, writing for publications such as The Times, The Irish Times, The Observer, and The Guardian.

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In 2014, Magee published The Undertaking, her debut novel. It was published by Atlantic Books. The novel is set in World War II-era Germany and "tells the story of Peter Faber, a German soldier fighting on the Eastern front, who marries Katharina Spinell, a woman he has never met, in order to escape the horrors of the battlefield for a few days."

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She wrote The Undertaking with the goal of trying to understand "what it was like to have been an ordinary German during the Second World War." Magee took a "long time" to write the novel, as she "struggled with the novel's cruelty and indifference." To cope, she took walks and drank tea. The novel was reviewed in The New York Times, which said, "To write a story that doesn’t allow for much sympathy, that keeps readers at a remove from the central characters, is one of the greatest challenges an author can undertake. That Magee succeeds as well as she does is impressive."

Magee lives in Wicklow with her husband and three daughters.

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