Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 2 September 2014

Author mum wins six-figure book deal

A mother-of-three hailed as one of the most refreshing new voices in the world of fiction has signed a major book deal with publishers in Ireland and Britain

Ciara Geraghty's first three books achieved widespread acclaim for her warm storytelling, humour and true-to-life characters.

Her fourth book, 'Lifesaving for Beginners', is set to be another bestseller.

She is now so popular with readers that she has secured a major deal worth "a significant six-figure sum" for another two books.

The deal was signed this week between her agent in Dublin, Ger Nichol, and publishers Hachette Books Ireland and Hodder & Stoughton in the UK.

Geraghty lives in Dublin and only began writing six years ago when she signed up for a creative writing nightclass at Plunkett College in Whitehall.

Her first novel 'Saving Grace' shot to the top of the bestseller list in 2008, marking Geraghty out not just as a gifted writer but as someone who was prepared to write about the lives of women in a completely honest way.

Geraghty's subsequent books, 'Becoming Scarlett' and 'Finding Mr Flood', were also bestsellers here and sold strongly in the UK.

'Lifesaving for Beginners', her fourth book, has just arrived on the shelves and is the bittersweet tale of two lives irrevocably joined after a tragic car accident.

Geraghty revealed how a snippet of a story from a friend inspired 'Lifesaving for Beginners'. Her friend had told her about how a person trawling through the effects of two late aunts had discovered one of them had secretly given up a baby for adoption.

"So I wondered what it would be like to have given up a baby and never spoken about it," she said. This inspired the tale of 39-year-old Kat Kavanagh who gave up a baby several years ago.

Now, with a very lucrative deal signed for her next two books, Geraghty is entering the big leagues of writers.

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