Emer McLysaght, left, and her writing partner Sarah Breen.
Kill woman Emer McLysaght and her writing partner Sarah Breen have signed what is reported to be a six figure two-book deal to continue where their debut novel left off. And their publisher, Gill Books, says there is a film deal in the works as well.
The two women are the creators behind Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling which started out as a Facebook page and then, earlier this year, became a novel.
The novel has been riding high at the top of the bestseller list since it was published in late August. It is set to be one of the biggest sellers in bookshops nationwide this Christmas with sales of 40,000 anticipated.
“The success of the book took us completely off guard. We never in a million years expected so many people to fall in love with Aisling. But now that they have, we’re excited to continue her adventures with Gill Books,” Emer said.
A spokesperson for Eason described it as an Irish Bridget Jones and said it was the “hottest debut of 2017. “It’s incredible to see a break-out Irish hit like this doing battle for the No. 1 spot week after week with perennial favourites like Lee Child, Marian Keyes and Ross O’Carroll Kelly.”
Conor Nagle the Commissioning Editor for Gill Books said of the book’s success: ‘One piece of feedback we’ve had time and again is that Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling is like Ross O’Carroll Kelly for women with country roots. And the author of the Ross O’Carroll Kelly series, Paul Howard, has described it as “one of the funniest books I’ve read in twenty years”.
“There aren’t enough words for how much I love it. It’s feckin’ hilaire and very touching,” Marian Keyes said.
The authors are already working on book two, due to be published in autumn 2018. They are keeping the plotline firmly under wraps for now, just hinting that Aisling will be spending a lot more time ‘down home’ so readers can look forward to getting to know already loved characters Niamh From Across The Road (NFATR), Aisling’s unreliable best friend Majella and Mammy much better:
“Aisling and best friend Majella are forced to move back Down Home with their respective parents (and some unlikely new neighbours) and, as you can imagine, hilarity ensues.”