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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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German

Written by Marian Broderick, Illustrated by Francesca Carabelli
A Book of Mischief and Magic!
Anna’s science teacher really gets on her nerves – but is that a good enough reason to turn her into a giant rat?

This diverse collection is a delightful and entertaining windfall from one of Ireland's most colourful writers. An essential complement to Behan's master works.

Written by Judi Curtin, Illustrated by Woody Fox
Best friends NEED to be together. Don't they? Megan's best friend Alice has moved away -- but the two friends hatch a risky plot to get back together.

Benny suffers a severe blow to his pride when he meets Babe. He may be a wise guy, but she is at least three steps ahead of him, and they are on her territory.

Moving to Tunisia is a real eye-opener for a young Wexford hurling fan. Eoin Colfer's hilarious debut novel.

Gene's grandfather, Cherokee, is a famous jazz musician and Gene travels the world with him. He loves the life and his only ambition is to be a musician too. But his aunt is totally opposed to the idea ...

Anyone who opens my journal will die a slow and horrible death
Liz doesn't want her dad or big-bum Marjorie to know everything she's thinking, so she tells her journal instead.

#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.

Written by Marita Conlon-McKenna, Illustrated by Donald Teskey and PJ Lynch
The final book in the famine trilogy
For Eily, Michael and Peggy the memory of the famine is still strong. But Mary-Brigid, Eily's first child, has the future to look forward to. What kind of future is it?

When Bella Blackwell moves in next door, life takes a frightening and thrilling turn for Mia. Her brother and granny don't trust "The Bird Woman", and when she disappears their fear become real. A thrilling adventure story from Ireland's best-selling children's author.

Book 3: The Louise Trilogy
Louise's portrait becomes part of a Nazi horde, while its previous owner, Izaac, is interned in Auschwitz. Can Louise reach out to save him?
The gripping conclusion to this multiple-award-winning trilogy.

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.

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 ...

From the land of the racehorse, an international bestselling author writes a horse story for children. An adventure story about growing up, filled with thrills and excitement, and a tingle of danger.

Written by Marita Conlon-McKenna, Illustrated by Donald Teskey
Katie's whole world is turned upside down when her family's home is destroyed by fire. Everything they had is gone, and instead of pulling together it seems as though her family is falling apart.

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?

Two worlds. Two different lives. Divided by hate and violence. Thrown together by chance.

Panda 6

Written by and Illustrated by Elizabeth Shaw
This charming book tells the adventures of an outcast little black sheep: how he saved the whole flock in a snowstorm, put Polo the bossy sheepdog in his place - and gave the shepherd a great idea! A story about being different, and becoming a hero. Panda 6

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.

Book 2: The Louise Trilogy


In another time and another country, the portrait of Louise Eeden continues to influence the lives of all it touches.

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.

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.

Written by Marita Conlon-McKenna, Illustrated by Donald Teskey, Cover design or artwork by PJ Lynch
The second book in the famine trilogy
At seven, Peggy made a terrifying journey through famine-stricken Ireland. Now thirteen, and determined to make a new life for herself, she sets off alone to America …

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...

Hebrew

Moving to Tunisia is a real eye-opener for a young Wexford hurling fan. Eoin Colfer's hilarious debut novel.

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.

Hungarian

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.

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 ...

Book 2: The Agnes Browne Trilogy
Continuing the hilarious saga of the ups and downs, minor scrapes and major run-ins of the seven children of Agnes Browne. Full of joy, humour, pathos and Dublinese.
With a new introduction by the author, Brendan O’Carroll.

Book 3: The Agnes Browne Trilogy. At forty-seven years of age Agnes (star of BAFTA-nominated TV series Mrs Browne’s Boys), now thirteen years happily widowed, enters the 1980s with a fruit stall in Moore Street, a French lover and six children … With a new introduction by the author, Brendan O’Carroll.

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.

Icelandic

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.

India

Benny suffers a severe blow to his pride when he meets Babe. He may be a wise guy, but she is at least three steps ahead of him, and they are on her territory.

Book 2: The Agnes Browne Trilogy
Continuing the hilarious saga of the ups and downs, minor scrapes and major run-ins of the seven children of Agnes Browne. Full of joy, humour, pathos and Dublinese.
With a new introduction by the author, Brendan O’Carroll.

Book 3: The Agnes Browne Trilogy. At forty-seven years of age Agnes (star of BAFTA-nominated TV series Mrs Browne’s Boys), now thirteen years happily widowed, enters the 1980s with a fruit stall in Moore Street, a French lover and six children … With a new introduction by the author, Brendan O’Carroll.

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.