Joe O’Connor is one of Ireland’s most celebrated authors. He published his first novel Cowboys and Indians in 1991 and since then has penned a series of acclaimed titles, including The Salesman (1998) and the bestselling Star Of The Sea (2002). In 2012, he received the PEN Award for his outstanding contribution to Irish literature. His most recent outing, The Thrill Of It All (2014), is set in a musical milieu and reflects his in-depth knowledge of contemporary pop and rock. In this issue, he writes about the magic and power of The Joshua Tree.