Saturday 18 November 2017

Doyle's latest to be a hit with snappers

Author Roddy Doyle. Photo: Collins Photo Agency
Author Roddy Doyle. Photo: Collins Photo Agency

John Spain Books Editor

BOOKER prize-winning author Roddy Doyle has signed a deal for a new children's book which will be published next year.

Scholastic is one of the world's biggest publishers of children's books and the deal for world rights was announced yesterday by Scholastic in Britain.

The book is called 'A Greyhound of a Girl'. It tells the story of Mary O'Hara and four generations of her family.

Mary is 12, a sharp and cheeky Dublin schoolgirl, who is bravely facing the inescapable fact that her beloved Gran is dying. But Gran can't let go of life, and a mysterious young woman turns up in Mary's street with a message for her.

The woman is the ghost of Gran's own mother, who has come to help her daughter say goodbye to the ones she loves and to guide her safely out of this world.

They soon embark on a gloriously eccentric road trip back to the past.

Senior Scholastic editors who have read the book describe it as "a beautifully written, funny, poignant novel about the bonds between mothers, daughters and grandmothers, about death, love, and saying goodbye".

The publishers are confident that it will also appeal to adult readers.

Scholastic Children's Books already publishes Roddy Doyle's fiction for younger readers in the US and countries around the world.

Irish Independent

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