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Cecelia Ahern

Author of P.S. I Love You

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About the Author

Cecelia Ahern was born on September 30, 1981 in Dublin, Ireland. She received a degree in journalism and media communications from Griffith College Dublin. She wrote her first novel PS, I Love You at the age of 21. This novel was made into a movie starring Hilary Swank. Some of her other novels show more include If You Could See Me Now, A Place Called Here, There's No Place Like Here, and Thanks for the Memories. She won the 2005 Irish Post Award for Literature and a 2005 Corine Award for Where Rainbows End. She is also the co-creator and producer of the television show Samantha Who? (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Cecelia Ahern

P.S. I Love You (2004) 6,141 copies
Where Rainbows End (2004) 2,785 copies
If You Could See Me Now (2006) 1,885 copies
A Place Called Here (2006) 1,693 copies
Thanks for the Memories (2008) 1,588 copies
The Book of Tomorrow (2009) 1,493 copies
The Gift (2009) 1,131 copies
Flawed (2016) 793 copies
One Hundred Names (2012) 644 copies
The Time of My Life (2011) 619 copies
How to Fall in Love (2013) 406 copies
Postscript (2019) 354 copies
Perfect (2016) 345 copies
The Year I Met You (2014) 279 copies
The Marble Collector (2015) 278 copies
Roar (2018) 217 copies
Lyrebird (2016) 208 copies
Irish Girls Are Back in Town (2004) 113 copies
Freckles (2021) 110 copies
Mrs. Whippy (2006) 76 copies
The Ghostwriter (2014) 22 copies
Every Year: Short Stories (2010) 14 copies
Rosie Dunne [abridged] (2005) — Author — 14 copies
The Bog Warrior (2014) 14 copies
Samantha Who?: The Complete First Season (2008) — Creator — 10 copies
Book Tomorrow lib CD (2011) 1 copy
An Open Book 1 copy

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Common Knowledge

Dublin, Ireland
Places of residence
Dublin, Ireland
Griffith College, Dublin (Journalism and Media Communications)
TV Producer
Ahern, Bertie (father)
Awards and honors
Corine Award (2005)
Irish Post Award (Literature, 2005)
Fun Fearless Fiction Award (2007)
Short biography
Cecelia Ahern was born on September 30, 1981 in Dublin, Ireland. She is the daughter of Bertie Ahern, Irish Taoiseach (Prime Minister) since June 26,1997, and is the sister-in-law of Nicky Byrne of Irish popgroup Westlife, who is married to her older sister, Georgina Ahern. In 2000, Cecelia was part of the Irish pop-group Shimma, who finished third in the Irish national final for the Eurovision Song Contest. Before embarking on her writing career, Cecelia Ahern completed a Degree in Journalism and Media Communications.

At twenty-one, she wrote her debut novel PS, I Love You, published in January 2004, which was sold to over forty countries. The novel was one of the biggest-selling debut novels of 2004, reaching No.1 in Ireland and in the U.K. Sunday Times bestseller list and was selected for the Richard and Judy Summer Read campaign. It was also a bestseller throughout Europe and the U.S.A., staying on the best-seller list in Germany for over 52 weeks. For her debut novel, she was nominated for Best Newcomer 2004/05 at the British Book and in 2006, she was long-listed for the IMPAC award. The film of the same title was optioned by Warner Bros and Wendy Finerman Productions. It has now been made into a motion picture directed by Richard LaGravenese and starring Hilary Swank, Lisa Kudrow, Kathy Bates, Gerry Butler, Harry Connick Jr., Gina Gershon and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

In November 2004, her second book, Where Rainbows End (U.S.A.: Love, Rosie / Rosie Dunne), also reached No.1 in Ireland and the UK, remaining at the top of the Irish bestsellers list for 12 weeks and again a bestseller internationally. For her second book, she won the 2005 Irish Post Award for Literature and a 2005 Corine Award for Where Rainbows End (Fur Immer Viellecht), which was voted by German readers. In November 2005, her third book, If You Could See Me Now was published and also became an international bestseller. In May 2007 Cosmopolitan U.S. honoured her with a Fun Fearless Fiction Award 2007 for her thrid book. It has been optioned by SB Films (London) Producer Simon Brooks.

In October 2006, her fourth novel, A Place Called Here, was a international number one bestseller and has gone straight to No.1 in U.K. and Ireland. It was published in U.S.A. under the title There's No Place Like Here. It is optioned by Touchstone with Warren Littlefield for a TV Drama series.

Cecelia has contributed with short stories to the following anthologies for which all her royalties go to charity: Irish Girls are Back in Town, Short and Sweet, Moments, Ladies Night 4, Girls Night in 2 and she has written a novella titled Mrs. Whippy.

Other published stories are The Production Line for Express Magazine, Every Year for Harrod's Magazine, The Things That I Remember for Woman's Own, Remembering Mum for Express Magazine, Mallard and May for Woman and Home.

Cecelia also is the co-creater (along with Donald Todd) and producer of the ABC half-hour comedy television show, Samantha Who? Stars: Christina Applegate, Jean Smart, Jennifer Esposito, Barry Watson, Kevin Dunn, Melissa McCarthy and Tim Russ.

Cecelia Ahern continues living in Dublin and is currently writing her next novel.



BooksInMirror | 105 other reviews | Feb 19, 2024 |
A very unique book that looks at how the main character deals with her life literally showing up in her life. That seems a very odd statement but it's exactly the premise of the book. Lucy isn't living the life she'd like and she's constantly lying to those she cares about in order to cover up for her other past lies that were covering up for less than stellar events in her life. Then she gets a letter from Life ... and then another and another ... and she finally decides to meet with her life and what unfolds makes for a very entertaining tale. This book is filled with wonderfully written characters and interesting happenings and it might just make you look at how you might not be giving your life the attention it needs to flourish.… (more)
TsarinaTyna | 35 other reviews | Jan 28, 2024 |
absolutely loved this book! I have learned, over the years, to read a book and then watch the movie if there is one. I can wholeheartedly say that the book completely outweighs the movie. I couldn't even finish the movie, as it seemed to have almost nothing in common with the book. Anyway, the book follows a woman who looses her husband to a brain tumor. Even though he is no longer with her in life, notes that he left behind help her to get through that first year without him and learn to live again. This book is written beautifully, it will make you laugh and cry.… (more)
b00kdarling87 | 174 other reviews | Jan 7, 2024 |
I always forget how much i loved this genre of books. I loved how the book was set in modern world with no fantsay elements. It really explored moral issues and political drama. i love the main characters and it left me on such a big clifthanger. I enjoyed the main character and I am so excited to read more in this series.
lmauro123 | 30 other reviews | Dec 28, 2023 |



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