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Brian Keaney
Born 1954 (age 66–67)
Walthamstow, Essex, England
Occupation Author
Alma mater University of Liverpool
Period 1986–present
Genre Children's books, fantasy, historical fiction, non-fiction, science fiction and teen fiction
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Brian Keaney (born 1954) is a British author. He is an author of mainly young adult fiction, and currently resides in London where he continues work as an author.

Early life and career

Brian Keaney was born in Walthamstow, Essex, to Irish Catholic parents. He reported that he learned about narrative by listening to his mother who was a natural storyteller.

He attended a Catholic primary school in London which was run by nuns and a secondary school run by Jesuits. He did not enjoy his schooldays and reported that some teachers at his secondary school were overly fond of administering corporal punishment. His favorite academic subject was English, although he also had an interest in History and Latin, particularly liking Latin poetry.

Keaney eventually pursued a career as an English teacher. A librarian at a school he was working at introduced him to young adult fiction, piquing his interest so that he decided to write his own.

Personal life

Keaney currently lives in London with his wife. He has two grown up daughters.

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