Professor Derek Hand is currently the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Dublin City University. The Liffey Press published his book John Banville: Exploring Fictions in 2002. He edited a special edition of the Irish University Review on John Banville in 2006. His A History of the Irish Novel: 1665 to the present was published by Cambridge University Press in 2011. He is also the co-editor of a collection of essays on John McGahern entitled, Essays on John McGahern: Assessing a Literary Legacy published by Cork University Press in 2019. He is currently working on a book for The Routledge Press, The Celtic Tiger Novel: Reading Literature, Culture and Society and co-editing a volume Companion to the Contemporary Irish Novel (1980-2020) for Syracuse University Press.