Sometimes, all you really need to make you happy on love month is a good romance. Irish author Cecelia Ahern might have penned one or two that you’re bound to enjoy.
Born in the Irish capital of Dublin, Cecelia Ahern is the daughter of Bertie Ahern, former prime minister of the Republic of Ireland. She was also a member of the Irish pop group Shimma, which finished third in Ireland’s national finals for the Eurovision song contest. Ahern completed a degree in journalism and media communications from Griffith College in Dublin before starting to work professionally as a writer.
At the age of 21, Ahern published her first novel, PS I Love You. The novel is about a widow named Holly, who receives a box of love letters after her husband dies of a brain tumor. The novel was a bestseller in Ireland, the UK, Germany, and Netherlands. It was also sold in more than 40 countries. Although the novel received decidedly mixed reviews, it was still adapted into a film in 2007 starring Gerard Butler and Hilary Swank. With her debut novel, Ahern was nominated as Best Newcomer at the British Books Awards.
Her second book, Where Rainbows End, was published in 2004. The novel is told via letters, e-mails, and instant messages exchanged between the two characters, Rosie Dunne and Alex Stewart. The novel chronicles their relationship and how it evolves once Alex moves to Boston with his family and they are plunged into a long-distance relationship. The book was a bestseller in Ireland and the UK and even won an award in Germany in 2005. The book was also published in the United States, where the title was changed to Love, Rosie. Where Rainbows End also won the 2005 Irish Post Award. In 2014, Where Rainbows End was adapted into a film titled Love, Rosie, starring Sam Claflin and Lily Collins.
Other than novels, Ahern also wrote short stories for various anthologies such as Irish Girls Are Back in Town, Short and Sweet, and Ladies Night 4. All her royalties for these short stories go to charity.
Ahern has penned 15 novels and 4 short stories and has worked on various publications and television shows. To date, she has sold 25 million copies of her books internationally, and her novels have been translated in 30 languages. Her next book is a short story anthology titled ROAR, which is set to be published in the UK in 2018, and the United States in 2019.
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