Dublin authors sign six-figure book deal to continue successful series

by Rachel Darcy

Two Dublin-based authors have signed a six-figure deal with one of Ireland’s leading publishers, following the success of their first two books.

Sarah Breen and Emer McLysaght are the co-authors of the popular ‘Aisling’ books, based off a popular Facebook community group set up by the pair a decade ago, ‘Oh My God, What A Complete Aisling’.

Their debut book of the same name was Ireland’s bestselling fiction book of 2017, and its follow-up, The Importance of Being Aisling, won the Specsavers Popular Fiction Book of the Year at 2018’s Irish Book Awards.

Based on sales figures, the Aisling books have secured a slot alongside the bestselling fiction titles published in Ireland this century.

Some fans have described Aisling as ‘an Irish Bridget Jones’.

Now, in a continuation of their deal with Dublin publishing house Gill books, the pair have announced the publication date for the third book, with two more to follow.

Authors Emer and Sarah said: “Who knew Aisling had this much go in her?! We are so thrilled the people of Ireland and beyond have taken her into their hearts.

“We have such great plans for her – and the rest of the gang – so to be able to dedicate two more books to their stories is a dream come true.”

The third book in the series – Once, Twice, Three Times an Aisling – will hit shelves on Thursday, September 12.

This time, protagonist Aisling is turning 30, continuing her adventures in adulthood in a novel that is sure to capture the heart of fans of the Aisling series.

Conor Nagle, senior commissioning eeditor at Gill Books, said: “No other books have so genuinely captured the modern Irish woman – warm and funny, hardworking and sincere, and firmly rooted in her community, family and friends.

“Once, Twice, Three Times an Aisling promises more of what we have all come to love about the life of Ireland’s number-one Aisling, and we are thrilled that Aisling’s story is set to continue in books four and five.”

In addition to announcing the continuation of the series, Emer and Sarah are also working with Element Pictures to bring the first novel in the series to the silver screen.

Once, Twice, Three Times an Aisling is currently available for preorder through Easons and Dubray Books.

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