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Cecelia Ahern


Ireland (1981 - )

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 popgroupWestlife, who is married to her older sister, Georgina Ahern. In 2000,Cecelia was part of the Irish pop-group Shimma, who finished third in theIrish national final for the Eurovision Song Contest. Before embarking onher writing career, Cecelia Ahern completed a Degree in Journalism and MediaCommunications.

At twenty-one, she wrote her debut novel PS, I Love You, published inJanuary 2004, which was sold to over forty countries. The novel was one ofthe biggest-selling debut novels of 2004, reaching No.1 in Ireland and inthe U.K. Sunday Times bestseller list and was selected for the Richard andJudy Summer Read campaign. It was also a bestseller throughout Europe andthe 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 theBritish Book and in 2006, she was long-listed for the IMPAC award. The filmof the same title was optioned by Warner Bros and Wendy FinermanProductions. It has now been made into a motion picture directed by RichardLaGravenese and starring Hilary Swank, Lisa Kudrow, Kathy Bates, GerryButler, 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 topof the Irish bestsellers list for 12 weeks and again a bestsellerinternationally. For her second book, she won the 2005 Irish Post Award forLiterature and a 2005 Corine Award for Where Rainbows End (Fur ImmerViellecht), which was voted by German readers.In November 2005, her third book, If You Could See Me Now was published andalso became an international bestseller. In May 2007 Cosmopolitan U.S.honoured her with a Fun Fearless Fiction Award 2007 for her thrid book. Ithas been optioned by SB Films (London) Producer Simon Brooks.

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

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

Other published stories are The Production Line for Express Magazine, EveryYear 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 theABC half-hour comedy television show, Samantha Who? Stars: ChristinaApplegate, Jean Smart, Jennifer Esposito, Barry Watson, Kevin Dunn, MelissaMcCarthy and Tim Russ.

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