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Former UCD student’s debut novel lands six-figure publishing deal

31-year old Disha Bose now lives in Cork, and her novel details the dark side of suburbia


Disha Bose's debut novel 'Dirty Laundry' will be published by Viking Press

Disha Bose's debut novel 'Dirty Laundry' will be published by Viking Press

Disha Bose's debut novel 'Dirty Laundry' will be published by Viking Press

A former UCD student has secured a six-figure publishing deal for her debut novel.

Disha Bose, who is represented by Marianne Gunn O’Connor the literary super-agent behind the likes of Cecilia Ahern has sold the rights to the novel Dirty Laundry to Viking for an undisclosed sum.

The novel details the dark side of suburbia, and tells the story of three women whose secrets and lies lead to one of their murders.

It also tackles the age-old ideas of the face we present to the world, the impossibility of who we fall in love with, and the urge to create better versions of ourselves in our children.

The 31-year-old Bose now lives in Cork, but was born and raised in India. She has lived in Kolkata, London and Dublin and has for several years worked in the tech industry. She has also completed a masters degree in creative writing at University College Dublin, where she was mentored by award-winning writer Anne Enright.

After acquiring the rights to the book, Viking publisher Katy Loftus, who published 2020’s runaway bestseller The Thursday Murder Club, was exuberant.

“Disha’s novel blew me away with its confidence and the sheer pleasure of reading it.

"It brings to mind the best of the novels about the dark side of suburban life and parenthood from Little Fires Everywhere to Big Little Lies but with a take that is completely now.

"Her three women are not the women you expect to see, and neither are the secrets they keep. I could not put it down, nor could anyone at Penguin. I am overjoyed that Viking will be launching what is sure to be a brilliant literary career.”

Explaining her novel, Disha said: “In Dirty Laundry I explore the complicated roles of couples today, the sometimes uncomfortable dynamics of female friendship, and our ideas of happiness.

"Through one of my characters in particular, I wanted to examine the immigrant experience of parenthood, and what it means to raise your children in a country that isn’t your own.”

US rights to the novel have been bought by Andra Miller at Ballantine, publisher of The Beekeeper of Aleppo.

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