The Book-Thief’s Heartbeat (Dublin, Co-Op Books, 1981)
Twist and Shout (Dingle, Brandon Books, 1983);
The Illustrator (Dublin, Wolfhound Press, 1988);
The Crooked Man (London, Jonathan Cape, 1997);
McKenzie’s Friend (Jonathan Cape, 2000);
The Long Suit (Jonathan Cape, 2003); and
A Burnable Town (Jonathan Cape, 2006)

Stage Drama

He has had one stage play produced, The Invisible Mending Company (Dublin, The Abbey Theatre, Peacock Stage, 1996).

Film Drama

He has co-scripted the film dramas Exposure, and Criminal Conversation.

Documentary Film

Chester Beatty:Where East Meets West (1979).

Learning Gravity Irish-American poet, essayist and undertaker, Thomas Lynch, gives us his humane and indivisible overview of life and the state of ceasing to be.
A documentary film written by Philip Davison and Cathal Black. Directed by Cathal Black.

Radio Plays

His radio plays include Being Perfect (RTÉ, 2004); The Duke (RTÉ, 2004); Lennon’s Guitar (RTÉ, 2005); The Fishmonger; (RTÉ, 2006); Some Lizards; and Love and Animals.


Philip Davison was born in Dublin in 1957. He is a member of Aosdána, and lives in Dublin.

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