From Artemis Fowl to vodka-guzzling dragon, Irish author Eoin Colfer debuts first adult fantasy novel

Eoin Colfer began the Artemis Fowl series in 2001 and wrapped it up eight books later in 2012 with The Last Guardian.
Eoin Colfer began the Artemis Fowl series in 2001 and wrapped it up eight books later in 2012 with The Last Guardian.PHOTO: COURTESY OF EOIN COLFER

When Irish author Eoin Colfer decided to write a children's book about a 12-year-old criminal mastermind, he did not think it would go down well at all.

His first book, Benny And Omar (1998), had been criticised in the media because its protagonist, a normal kid who sometimes misbehaves, was "not a good role model".

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