Eoghan Smith is an Irish writer, critic and academic. He has taught English literature at universities and colleges in Dublin, Maynooth and Carlow since the mid-2000s. He is the author of John Banville: Art and Authenticity, and the co-editor of Imagining Irish Suburbia in Literature and Culture. He has contributed essays, articles and reviews on literature and visual culture to publications such as The Irish Times and the Dublin Review of Books. The Failing Heart is his first novel.