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HarperCollins Publishers acquires three new books from Dervla McTiernan

HarperCollins Publishers has signed up three new books from bestselling crime writer Dervla McTiernan, in a deal with Tara Wynne at Curtis Brown Australia. The first two books in McTiernan’s Galway-based DS Cormac Reilly series, The Rúin and The Scholar, are bestsellers in Australia and Ireland. The Rúin was recently shortlisted for General Fiction Book of the Year at the Australian Book Industry Awards and film rights have been optioned by Hopscotch. The third book in the DS Cormac Reilly series, The Good Turn, will be published in March 2020 and is told through the narratives of DS Cormac Reilly, Garda Peter Fisher and a young woman, Anna, whose daughter has stopped speaking due to an unknown trauma.

The first book in McTiernan’s new deal will be published in 2021 and will see DS Carrie O’Halloran take centre stage. Broadening the scope of the series to include characters old and new will allow McTiernan to approach crimes from fresh perspectives – and keep the readers guessing.

Publisher Anna Valdinger said: ‘I am hugely excited to have signed up more books from Dervla. She’s a tremendous talent and her novels are getting better and better – truly unputdownable, stay-up-all-night reads. I can’t wait to go back to Galway for more of Cormac, Carrie and the team.’

Dervla McTiernan said: ‘HarperCollins have championed me from the beginning. They are an exceptional team of thorough professionals who also just happen to be some of the nicest people I’ve ever had the privilege of working with. I feel very lucky to be published by them and I’m so over the moon happy that I get to keep telling the stories I love.’



About Dervla McTiernan

Dervla McTiernan’s debut novel, The Rúin, is a critically acclaimed international bestseller which has been published in the US, the UK, and Ireland with other territories to follow in 2019. The Rúin was shortlisted in two categories for the 2018 Irish Book Awards, longlisted for the Indie Book Awards, shortlisted for the General Fiction Book of the Year at the ABIA Awards and named on the Amazon US Best Books of the Year list 2018. Dervla’s second book, The Scholar, debuted straight into the top 5 bestseller charts in Australia and will be published in the UK and the US later this year. Dervla was born in County Cork, Ireland, to a family of seven. She studied corporate law at the National University of Ireland, Galway, and the Law Society of Ireland, and practised as a lawyer for twelve years. Following the global financial crisis, she moved with her family to Western Australia, where she now lives with her husband and two children. An avid fan of crime and detective novels from childhood, Dervla now writes full-time.


About HarperCollins Publishers

HarperCollins Publishers is the second largest consumer book publisher in the world, with operations in 17 countries. With 200 years of history and more than 120 branded imprints around the world, HarperCollins publishes approximately 10,000 new books every year in 16 languages, and has a print and digital catalog of more than 200,000 titles. Writing across dozens of genres, HarperCollins authors include winners of the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Newbery and Caldecott Medals and the Man Booker Prize. HarperCollins is a subsidiary of News Corp.


April 15, 2019


HarperCollins Publishers acquires three new books from Dervla McTiernan