Unravelling Oliver to be published in the USA, August 2017

Unravelling Oliver will be published in the USA for the first time in August 2017 by Scout Press, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. Liz is absolutely delighted that it has been chosen for Book Expo America’s Book Buzz Adult Fiction panel. The prestigious BookExpo 2017 Adult Book Editors’ Buzz Panel program names the top authors and titles expected to resonate with readers in 2017.


UNRAVELING OLIVER - US EditionThe prestigious BookExpo 2017 Adult Book Editors’ Buzz Panel program names the top authors and titles expected to resonate with readers in 2017. Over the past years, BookExpo’s Editors’ Buzz program has had a tremendous track record of predicting the coming year’s hottest books. Last year’s selections included breakthrough books such as: Another Day in the Death of America, by Gary Younage; Darktown, by Thomas Mullen; Caraval, by Stephanie Garber; Thieving Weasels, by Billy Taylor; Gertie’s Leap to Greatness, by Kate Beasley; and The Adventurer’s Guide to Successful Escapes, by Wade Albert White. In addition, over the past three years, the program has selected nine books that made it onto The New York Times Best Sellers list.

The selection process was made by three separate committees of booksellers, librarians and other industry professionals. The thoughtful debates within the selection process are designed to achieve the widest possible consensus. The Buzz Panel presentations, which feature book editors discussing the individual selections, will be supplemented with an Author Stage appearance for the chosen authors.

Liz Nugent inks six-figure deal with major US publisher

Irish author Liz Nugent has signed a six figure deal with US publishing house Simon & Schuster in a move that could pave the way for Hollywood adaptations of her work.

Her two novels, Unravelling Oliver and Irish bestseller Lying in Wait, will be published for the first time in the US by Simon & Schuster, whose roster also includes Stephen King, in early 2018.

Dublin-born Nugent only quit her full-time job at RTÉ, where she worked on Fair City and in the Young Peoples department, last May.

Speaking to RTÉ Culture, she said: “I only heard about the deal last Thursday and I couldn’t tell anyone because my sister got married on Friday and I didn’t want to upstage her! I finally got to tell my mum on Saturday.”

The new deal also opens up big opportunities for Hollywood versions of her latest book, Lying in Wait. “It’s a bit of a game changer alright,” she says. “I have to sit back and wait but there is already some interest from American producers in it.”

Nugent: “It’s a bit of a game changer alright.”

Nugent’s editor at Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, will be Jackie Cantor, who also works with novelist Clare Mackintosh, author of the bestselling I Let You Go and Nugent says that the US versions of Unravelling Oliver and Lying in Wait may require re-writes for the American audience.

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Award-winning novelist at Princess Grace Irish Library

Liz Nugent, present Ireland Fund of Monaco Writer-in-Residence, was guest speaker Wednesday night and at the Princess Grace Irish Library in Monaco. The winner of Crime Novel of the Year at the Irish Book Awards in 2014 for “Unravelling Oliver” spoke about her recently published, second best-selling novel, “Lying in Wait”.

After reading excerpts and talking about her writing, she generously engaged in a prolonged question-and-answer session. With her exciting talent, and her humble and heart-warming manner, the new rising star of Irish writing regaled an enthusiastic Monaco audience. “She is a wonderful writer with a unique voice and a deliciously dark sensibility,” says Patricia Deevy, the editorial director of Penguin Ireland, Liz Nugent’s publisher. “She has taken the crime writing world by storm and she is going from strength to strength.”

While being hailed as a writer of crime novels, Liz’s writing peels away the layers of the underlying psychology of her wide range of characters, from a judge to a drug addict, from an agoraphobic mother to a top model. Her books are page-turners from the opening line, like in “Unravelling Oliver”: “I expected more of a reaction the first time I hit her.”

With two run-away best sellers (“Unravelling Oliver” has been translated into eight languages already) it’s no surprise, except perhaps to the modest Liz herself, that she has been signed up by the prestigious New York publisher, Simon & Schuster for a six-figure sum, to bring these two novels to the American market. (Source: Francis O’Hara)

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Liz Nugent secures two new publishing deals

Liz Nugent has secured a six-figure deal with Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster (US), for Unravelling Oliver and Lying in Wait, both published originally by Penguin Ireland in 2014 and 2016 respectively.

Unravelling Oliver previously won the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Award for Best Crime Novel 2014, and both titles are bestsellers in Ireland. The news of the deal comes just weeks ahead of the Frankfurt book fair and should garner some momentum on other rights up for grabs.

Nugent, who had a successfully screenplay career with RTÉ soap drama Fair City before becoming a writer, also has two new titles in development which have been acquired by Penguin Ireland – a testament to their commitment and support in their author.

Her third as-yet-untitled book is due for publication in 2017.


Penguin Ireland acquires two new novels by Liz Nugent

Penguin Ireland has acquired two novels from Liz Nugent, author of psychological thrillers Unravelling Oliver and Lying in Wait (Penguin Ireland).

Patricia Deevy, editorial director at Penguin Ireland, acquired UK, Ireland and Commonwealth rights including Canada for the two novels from Marianne Gunn O’Connor at the Marianne Gunn O’Connor Literary Agency. They are scheduled for publication in 2017 and 2018.

Nugent’s second novel, Lying in Wait, is a “dark and twisty” noir about a woman who lives in the perfect house with her adoring husband and beloved son – but little does she know the one thing she wants to make her perfect life complete will lead to murder.

Her third book, second in the deal, is as yet untitled, will follow a 48-year-old Irish woman, down on her luck, who lives on the Côte d’Azur, posing as an English heiress.

Deevy said: “We are thrilled to have acquired Liz’s next two novels. She is a wonderful writer with a unique voice and a deliciously dark sensibility. She has taken the crime writing world by storm and she is going from strength to strength. A huge thank you to Marianne for bringing us such a fantastic author as Liz and her continued support for our work with her.”