Saturday 24 February 2018

Crowley joins RTE book club with fiction deal

John Spain Books Editor

THERE must be something inspiring in the air out in RTE these days.

Yesterday it emerged Sinead Crowley, RTE's arts correspondent, has become a novelist, signing a major deal with the London publisher Quercus.

Crowley (pictured) becomes the third RTE journalist in the last year to sign a big fiction deal. Last November, 'Morning Ireland' presenter Rachael English signed a two-book deal with Orion worth "a significant six-figure sum."

And last April RTE newsroom journalist Kathleen MacMahon's novel 'This Is How it Ends' was published, the first of two books for which she got a €730,000 deal from UK publisher Little Brown.

It is not known how much Crowley has been paid for 'Can Anybody Out There Help Me?' – a thriller set in Dublin and in cyberspace – but sources close to the publisher described it as a good deal.

Last night Crowley said: "It has been a huge ambition of mine to publish a book myself. I'm thrilled."

Irish Independent

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