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Twenty7 buys Irish scout’s debut

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Article by Louise Phillips © 19 May 2015.
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Sam BlakeNew Bonnier fiction imprint Twenty7 Books has acquired a Dublin-based crime series by Irish literary scout Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin.

Fox O’Loughlin is a literary scout and current chair of Irish PEN, as well as being the creator of popular writers’ resource www.writing.ie.

She will write the series under the pen name Sam Blake.

The three-book deal for UK and Commonwealth rights was agreed between publisher Joel Richardson and WME London’s Simon Trewin.

The first title in the trilogy is The Dressmaker, which introduces central character Cathy Connolly, a 20-something Dublin cop and kickboxing champion. The novel begins with a horrifying discovery after what seems like a routine break-in.

Richardson said: “Our aim at Twenty7 is to discover great debut authors, and so it is serendipitous to be working with an author who has done so much of that herself. The Dressmaker gripped me from the beginning and in Cathy Connolly, Vanessa has created a character that will stick in the mind for a long time.”

Fox O’Loughlin said of her books: “I want to take my readers under the radar and show them the seamy undercurrents that run through Dublin. I’m fascinated by what makes people tick, by what goes on behind closed doors, and what drives people to kill.”

Twenty7 will publish The Dressmaker in spring 2016.


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LOUISE PHILLIPS is the author of four bestselling psychological crime thrillers. Her debut novel RED RIBBONS, and her subsequent novels, THE DOLL’S HOUSE, LAST KISS and THE GAME CHANGER, were each nominated for Best Irish Crime Novel of the Year. She won the award in 2013. Louise’s work has formed part of many literary anthologies, and she has won both the Jonathan Swift Award and the Irish Writers’ Centre Lonely Voice platform, along with being shortlisted for the Molly Keane Memorial Award, Bridport UK, and many others. In 2015, she was awarded a writing residency at Cill Rialaig Artist retreat in Kerry and she was also a judge on the Irish panel for the EU Literary Award. Her current novel, THE GAME CHANGER, is available nationwide. In 2016, she was longlisted for the prestigious CWA Dagger in the Library Award, and her first novel, RED RIBBONS was published in the US. She was also awarded an Arts Bursary for Literature from the Arts Council of Ireland. In August, THE DOLL'S HOUSE, is due for publication in the US with Polis Books. Louise Phillips is the crime writing mastermind behind writing.ie's Crime Scene blog.

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