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Ahern’s daughter seals $1m book deal

Dublin, Jan. 10 (Reuters): Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern’s younger daughter was celebrating today after securing a book deal worth $1 million from a US publisher.

Journalism graduate Cecilia Ahern, 21, landed the deal with Disney unit Hyperion for two novels, the first of which, entitled P.S. I Love You, is to be published next year.

Earlier this week it was reported she had landed a separate 300,000 euro ($314,300) deal with London-based Harper Collins to publish in Ireland and Britain.

“Last night was just unbelievable. I got another deal with America for two books and for a million dollars. I can’t believe it,” she told state broadcaster RTE. Ahern’s Irish-based literary agent said P.S. I Love You — which took less than a year to write — was also currently under consideration by the US film industry.

“There’s tremendous interest in Hollywood at the moment and I think I’ll have a deal for the film rights closed by next week,” Marianne Gunn O’Connor said.

O’Connor said Ahern’s novel — in which a man who dies of a brain tumour helps his partner through her grief by leaving her a collection of posthumous letters — had hit a chord with US publishers. “Since September 11 America has been limping along and people are depleted of good news and Cecilia has come up with a book that has an amazing feelgood factor. It’s about how to handle grief and it gives a message of hope — that love never dies.”

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