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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.

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