Riverrun signs debut: A River in the Trees by Jacqueline O’Mahony

Riverrun signs debut

A River in the Trees by Jacqueline O’Mahony described as ‘a part historical debut novel’

Niamh Mulvey at Quercus’ riverrun has acquired UK and Commonwealth rights at auction in A River in the Trees: described as ‘a part historical debut novel’ by Jacqueline O’Mahony from Sallyanne Sweeney at MMB Creative. Riverrun will publish A River in the Trees in January 2019.

According to the acquisition statement: ‘Set in 1919 and 2019, the novel moves between the stories of two women separated by a century but connected by family, secrets and history.’

Mulvey said: “With a lyrical intensity that reminds me of Eugene McCabe, Jacqueline O’Mahony has written an unputdownable novel telling the story of two women, each at crucial moments in their lives. The historical section will resonate particularly with Irish readers reflecting on the upheavals of the War of Independence as the centenary approaches, but this is a story with universal appeal. I’ve been bowled over by Jacqueline’s incredible storytelling; this manuscript was read overnight by so many people within Quercus and we can’t wait to publish it.”

The author took a PhD in history as a Fulbright Scholar at Duke University and at Boston College. She then worked at Condé Nast where she was a writer and stylist at Tatler and Vogue, and then an editor at various Associated Newspaper titles. She wrote a lifestyle column for the Irish Independent and has been published in titles from Australian Elle to Russian Vogue. From Cork, she now lives in Notting Hill with her husband and three children.


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