Tyne O’Connell is a bestselling British Chick Lit, Rom Com and YA author. Her 13 novels have been published to great acclaim by Headline UK, Bloomsbury USA & other international publishing houses.
Her extraordinary life has been featured in TV documentaries & feature-spreads in Vogue UK, Elle and most UK broadsheets. Cassandra Jardine in The Daily Telegraph UK, hailed Tyne as “A modern day Elinor Glyn – the original It Girl” “The Impossibly glamorous Tyne O’Connell’s real life is every bit as extraordinary as her fiction” ELLE UK.
Critics have described O’Connell as, “the Enid Blyton of our time” comparing her bestselling boarding-school series, Pulling Princes to “an up to date Malory Towers”. The first four books in the series are set in a fictional exclusive all-girls boarding school called St Augustine’s & a fictionalised Eton College & Windsor Castle. The series is based on her three children’s experiences at boarding school & Oxford as well as her own extraordinary life in Mayfair.
Narrated by a middle-class American, Calypso Kelly, as she navigates the aristocratic world of Terrible Toffs & Horrible Hon.s with valets & body guards. O’Connell opens the lid on the antics of aristos at play, giving readers an insiders peak inside the exclusive world of posh people & royals.
Born into an Irish Catholic family, daughter of a retired spy, her favourite chore as a child was collecting eggs from the hens for sixpence. She began telling teachers & family she would be an author from age eight. Her first bestselling book was Sex, Lies & Litigation, pub1996 Headline to rave reviews.
She’s spent most of her life in Mayfair where she brought up two husbands & three children. The area is at the heart of many of her books. She writes about all things Mayfair for mayfaireccentrics.com, & elsewhere & follow her on Twitter @tyneoconnell
O’Connell was educated by elderly Flemish Sacre-Coeur nuns (born in the 1870-80’s) with the expectation that she would marry a diplomat. It was an unusual Victorian style upbringing & by 17, she was accomplished in Le Cordon Blue, Croquet, Semaphore, Literature, Latin, Needlepoint, Flower Arrangement, Diamond Valuation, Deportment, Millinery & Embassy Dinner Seating. After school she returned to London in a smart tweed suit perfectly prepared for a world that hadn’t existed for decades.
British Boarding School Books
In 2004, Tyne began writing her bestselling fictional Boarding School books with the teen-series, Pulling Princes, BloomsburyUSA. Based on her three children’s & her own experiences at single-sex boarding school; the books are set near Windsor Castle in a fictional, exclusive all-girls boarding school close to Princes William & Harry’s alma mater, Eton College. Narrated by an ordinary American teen, Calypso, as she navigates the Terrible Toffs & Horrible Hon.s & opens the lid on the antics of royal teens.
The books have been described as modern classics, an up to date version of Angela Brazil’s boarding school books of the early 1900′s and Enid Blyton’s Malory Towers Books.
Tyne O’Connell is the UK’s leading exponent of Boarding School books, British YA author, British Chick Lit Author and British Romantic Comedy author.