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O'Brien Press Rights Sold

In recent years the number of O'Brien Press books sold into translation has increased significantly - an indicator of their quality and broad appeal. Many of the rights sales are negotiated at the Frankfurt, London and Bologna book fairs, which we attend annually, with the assistance of Culture Ireland. Our interests are also represented by a number of literary agents throughout the world. Here is a list of titles that have been sold into translation or co-edition with other publishers. Note that this does not include any deal currently under negotiation, so watch this space for developments!

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English

Beverley, Elizabeth, Kevin, Gerard and his cat visit the mysterious Lady Island, expecting some adventure and a little danger. But nothing prepares them for their encounter with the strange inhabitant of the island.

A heart-warming story of one boy's search for identity.

Beautiful Names from Around the World

A powerful and essential guide from a world authority on names. Incorporates history, meanings and significance.  

Estonian

Written by Gillian Perdue, Illustrated by Barry Reynolds
Winner of the Eilís Dillon Memorial Award. Adam's Starling tells the story of nine-year-old Adam who is finding life very diffficult. At home no-one has any time for him and at school bullies pick on him.

Written by Celine Kiernan, Illustrated by Finbarr O'Connor
Wynter Moorehawke travels alone and unprotected in bandit-infested forests, searching for the rebel Prince Alberon. But many enemies are lurking in the shadows.
New Friends. Old Enemies. Who can you trust?

Written by and Illustrated by Celine Kiernan, Illustrated by Finbarr O'Connor
A Friend. A Father. A Kingdom. Which one would you sacrifice? This gothic tale of intrigue, adventure and romance follows Wynter Moorehawke as she is forced to make choices for herself, her family and country, and discover who, if anyone, she can really trust.

United Friends. A Divided Kingdom. Who will prevail? After a joyful reunion, it seems that the years of war have left their scars on brothers Alberon and Razi, and it is not long before their differences come between them. Who will survive the final battle?  

Meg Finn dies after a botched attempt to rob a pensioner, Lowry: her soul is up for grabs as the divine and demonic each want her! How can she tip the scales in her favour to save her soul? A tale of life, death and an unexpected hereafter.

Ethiopia

Caught in the Irish Civil War, Katie has divided loyalties: her shell-shocked father fought in the First World War and wants peace, but others still want to fight for a united Ireland.

The Phelans have owned Mossgrove for generations. But when it is put up for sale, the lengths to which Irish people will go to keep their land become clear. An enchanting novel by Ireland’s favourite writer.

Finnish

How To Become Customer-Driven

How to become Customer Driven
Customer service is the competitive business battleground of the twenty-first century. This book is a hands-on guide for people who run businesses or work in them.

Part of a dance team who have turned from friends to enemies. Dealing with her dead brother’s ghost -- things sure aren't easy for Jessie! Her brother James -- sports star, popular kid, and apple of her parents' eyes -- has died in an accident, leaving Jessie to cope with her parents, classmates and stagefright.

Ever since her family moved to the country to live on a farm, Poppy's been miserable. She has a new life and a new school but unfortunately no new friends. Luckily, that's all about to change...

Written by Judi Curtin and Roisin Meaney
Life is not going well for reluctant penpals Luke and Elma, so they invent new, more glamorous lives for themselves in their correspondance, little realising how similar their true lives actually are...

Cindy, a with-it and cynical young teen, still traumatised by her mother's recent death, is appalled when her father falls in love with one of her teachers, a woman with two teenage daughters of her own ...

Meg Finn dies after a botched attempt to rob a pensioner, Lowry: her soul is up for grabs as the divine and demonic each want her! How can she tip the scales in her favour to save her soul? A tale of life, death and an unexpected hereafter.

French

Written by Stephanie Dagg, Illustrated by Phillip Morrison
Anna doesn't have a real granny, so she draws herself one. Then her Granny steps out of the picture and comes to life!
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How To Become Customer-Driven

How to become Customer Driven
Customer service is the competitive business battleground of the twenty-first century. This book is a hands-on guide for people who run businesses or work in them.

#WELCOME TO EPIC: PRESS START TO PLAY#. On New Earth, Epic is not just a computer game, it's a matter of life and death. If you lose, you lose everything; if you win, the world is yours for the taking.

Written by Marita Conlon-McKenna, Illustrated by Donald Teskey, Translated by Máire Nic Mhaoláin
Scéal éachtach ar an Drochshaol, agus ar thriúr óga a sháraíonn gach guais lena linn. The bestselling Under the Hawthorn Tree beautifully translated into Irish.

A Boy, Two Brothers, A Stolen Childhood

Chilling, passionate and unflinching, this is the story of how one boy survived the terrors of Ireland’s notorious institutions and made a real life for himself.

"The scream was awful - a horrible desolate cry…the child led my unresisting brother up the path and further into the tangled garden. Out of my sight." A gripping thriller, featuring possession, war and the creeping terror of The Grey for Patrick, a fifteen-year-old out of his depth.

David and his family are typical - three messy, noisy teenagers; two tidy, organised parents. It just doesn't work, does it? But when Mum inherits some money, they find a solution -- two houses next door to each other

Ghost, a fifteen-year-old air-boarding punk lives in a vast dark futuristic metropolis. But a mysterious stranger appears to break her out of jail, then challenges the whole basis of reality.

Cindy, a with-it and cynical young teen, still traumatised by her mother's recent death, is appalled when her father falls in love with one of her teachers, a woman with two teenage daughters of her own ...

One Girl's Living Nightmare

The terrifying true story of a 16-year-old girl sold into marriage by her father: this took place in 1973 in Ireland.

Written by Celine Kiernan, Illustrated by Finbarr O'Connor
Wynter Moorehawke travels alone and unprotected in bandit-infested forests, searching for the rebel Prince Alberon. But many enemies are lurking in the shadows.
New Friends. Old Enemies. Who can you trust?

Written by Linda Moller, Illustrated by Donald Teskey
Runtling the pig and his siblings narrowly escape the terrible fate of being sold at the market. While making their way across country, they learn all sorts of new things about themselves, about humans and about the world outside the farmyard.

Written by Siobhán Parkinson, Illustrated by Donald Teskey
Laurence is a leprechaun who has been small for 1100 years and is sick of it! He wants to be TALL. He wants to be cool. Then he meet Phoebe, a large girl who wants to be small.

Book 1: The Agnes Browne Trilogy THE MAMMY describes the joys and sorrows of Agnes, mother of the famous Mrs. Browne's Boys from the daily radio soap. A book of hilarious incidents, glorious characters, and a passion for life.

Written by and Illustrated by Celine Kiernan, Illustrated by Finbarr O'Connor
A Friend. A Father. A Kingdom. Which one would you sacrifice? This gothic tale of intrigue, adventure and romance follows Wynter Moorehawke as she is forced to make choices for herself, her family and country, and discover who, if anyone, she can really trust.

Meg Finn dies after a botched attempt to rob a pensioner, Lowry: her soul is up for grabs as the divine and demonic each want her! How can she tip the scales in her favour to save her soul? A tale of life, death and an unexpected hereafter.

Children of the Famine

Written by Marita Conlon-McKenna, Illustrated by Donald Teskey, Cover design or artwork by PJ Lynch
The first book in the famine trilogy
Under the Hawthorn Tree is Ireland's top selling children's book and a classic for young readers worldwide. Set during the Irish famine, it follows three children as they travel across the country to find their family.

When her father commissions a famous artist to paint her portrait, Louise Eeden reluctantly agrees. In the studio Louise unexpectedly finds freedom to be herself. But someone has been watching her every move...