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Peter Costello is a Dublin-born author, and biographer, an eminent cultural historian and scholar of James Joyce.[1] He attended the University of Michigan. He has written biographies of James Joyce, Flann O'Brien and Jules Verne. He has also written books about Clongowes Wood College, Clerys, and other topics. His first book In Search of Lake Monsters (1974) deals primarily with the Loch Ness Monster, but also similar reports of creatures in lakes and Sea Serpents.


  • 1974 In Search of Lake Monsters (Garnstone Press) hardback
  • 1975 In Search of Lake Monsters (Panther) paperback ISBN 586-04196-6
  • 1977 Heart Grown Brutal: Irish Revolution in Literature from Parnell to the Death of Yeats, 1891-1939 (Gill & Macmillan)
  • 1978 Jules Verne: Inventor of Science Fiction (Hodder & Stoughton)hardback
  • 1979 The Magic Zoo : The Natural History of Fabulous Animals, Including Dragons, Mermaids, Unicorns and Centaurs (St. Martin's Press)
  • 1980 James Joyce (Gill & Macmillan)
  • 1981 Leopold Bloom: A Biography (Gill & Macmillan)
  • 1983 Jules Verne: Inventor of Science Fiction (Scribner) paperback
  • 1989 Dublin Churches (Gill & Macmillan)
  • 1989 Clongowes Wood: A History of Clongowes Wood College, 1814-1989 (Gill & Macmillan)
  • 1991 The Real World of Sherlock Holmes (Robinson)
  • 1992 The Life of Leopold Bloom: A Novel (Roberts Rinehart)
  • 1992 The very heart of the city: The story of Denis Guiney and Clerys (Clery and Co)
  • 1996 Dublin Literary Pub Crawl (A.& A.Farmar)
  • 1998 Dublin Castle in the life of the Irish Nation (Merlin)
  • 1999 Dublin's Literary Pubs (2nd edition of 1996 book)
  • 2006 Conan Doyle: Detective (Robinson Publishing)
  • 2008 Denis Guiney (UCD)


  1. ^ James Joyce Quarterly, Vol. 28, No. 3 (Spring, 1991), pp. 712-714


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