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Rachael's new chapter as she signs book deal

MOVE over Marian and watch out Cecelia.

RTE presenter Rachael English has turned over a new chapter in her career after signing a lucrative deal for her first book.

The well-known Morning Ireland broadcaster said she is still in disbelief after nabbing a two-book deal with Orion Publishing Group with her first novel Going Back, to be published next June.


The second novel will be released in the summer of 2014 and the renowned journalist said she's really enjoyed the process of writing her debut tome.

"Writing Going Back was a brilliant experience and I'm still pinching myself that it's going to be published by Orion," she said. "In fact, in telling people my news, I've had to start by saying, 'I swear I'm not making this up'."

The book company did the deal through her publicist Robert Kirby, of United Agents, and represents a considerable coup for the RTE broadcaster.

However, she has shot down any suggestions that she would ever give up the day job on Morning Ireland to become a full-time author.

"Definitely not. I enjoy news too much. And, also, I found that it is useful because it keeps you sharp and keeps you in touch, which helps when you're writing fiction," she explained.

Plus she said the anti-social hours she worked on the early morning programme, which sees her getting up at 4am, actually helped when it came to writing the book -- which took her over 18 months to finish.

Her first book tells the story of a young woman named Elizabeth Kelly and her friends, economic migrants from Dublin, who flee the country to enjoy a summer in Boston in 1988. Fast-forward 20 years and the next generation is forced to follow in the footsteps of their parents.