Sinead's set for big time after nod from Richard and Judy
IRISH author Sinead Moriarty's is set for a huge boost after being highlighted by the television couple with the midas touch, Richard and Judy.
That's because her latest novel 'Mad About You' has been selected for the Richard and Judy summer 2014 reading list.
The book-club list of eight novels proves highly influential in the UK market every summer and virtually guarantees bestseller status.
Richard Madeley and wife Judy Finnigan started the successful club when they were TV presenters, and its influence has endured since they retired from the small screen.
Being chosen for their list turned Joseph O'Connor's 'Star of the Sea' and Cecelia Ahern's 'P.S. I Love You' into massive bestsellers in Britain and established their careers outside Ireland.
"I'm absolutely delighted to be included in the Richard and Judy summer reads. It's a wonderful list of books and I'm very proud to be part of it," said Sinead, who is also a columnist for the Irish Independent.
Sinead lives in Dublin with her husband and their three children and 'Mad About You' is her ninth novel.
It tells the tale of Irish couple Emma and James Hamilton, who move from Dublin to London with their children. It's a big move, and Emma is uncertain it was the right choice. But with a new job, a nanny and new neighbours to get used to, she hasn't time to worry.
Then the texts arrive: flirtatious ones to him and demeaning ones to her. The bizarre texts are followed by suggestive anonymous gifts and Emma is convinced somebody is intent on destroying her marriage. Emma sets out to try and save her family from this unknown stranger. The novel, in the genre of the hit book 'Gone Girl', has been described as fast paced, funny and frightening by critics.
Her first eight novels have sold close to half a million copies but with the Richard and Judy stamp of approval it is expected this book, on sale in shops now, could sell that much on its own.
Another Irish Independent columnist and author, Darragh McManus, has also hit the big time with the news that Hot Key Books in the UK has purchased his new book 'Shiver the Whole Night Through', a romantic thriller in the vein of Raymond Chandler. The story is about 17-year-old Aidan Flood as he tries to unravel an apparent suicide in a small town in Ireland.
This is Darragh's first novel for teens after previously publishing two crime novels. "I'm ridiculously excited about this book being published – it makes me feel like a kid again myself," he said.
Hot Key is part of leading international publisher Bonnier Publishing, with the book set to be published in the UK and Ireland in November.