Thursday 22 March 2018

Cecelia's the model mum at Book of Decade launch

John Spain

MOTHERHOOD sits well with Cecelia Ahern.

Making a rare public appearance since the birth of her first child, Robin, last December, the chick-lit author looked more akin to a movie star as she attended the launch of the Book of the Decade competition at the Morrison Hotel in Dublin yesterday.

"She's at home with David", Cecelia said of the new addition to her life. David Keoghan, a former athlete-turned-actor, is Robin's father. "David is great with her, he's a real modern, hands-on dad. He's very capable, so she's in good hands," Cecelia added.

It seems that the only granddaughter of former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern is also something of a model child.

"She's great," her mother said yesterday. "She's four months this week, she's a very contented baby, and she sleeps well."

All of which should theoretically leave Cecelia -- the author of international bestsellers such as 'PS I Love You' -- some time to concentrate on writing a new book. But she hasn't got the inclination.

"I said I was taking a year out from writing and I'm sticking to that," she said.

"I won't have a new book this year but the paperback of my last one, 'The Book of Tomorrow', will be out for summer."

She has not kept completely away from the computer, however.

"I'm writing some short stories," she said.

"But they're just for myself, at the moment anyway. I just love to write."

Instead, she is focusing on reading for the present. "I've started reading to her and she loves it," she said.

"I think she's taking after me. 'The Three Little Pigs' is her favourite. She's only four months but she's very keen on the Big Bad Wolf."

It is likely to be some time, however, before 'Bertie Ahern: The Autobiography' replaces the fairy tales at bedtime.

Irish Independent

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