Cecelia Ahern is an Irish novelist, daughter of former Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) Bertie Ahern. Considered a rising star in Irish literature, her many novels and short stories have been a huge success and are among the best-sellers of recent years. One of the most famous was P.S. I Love You, recently adapted for the cinema…
Cecelia Ahern was born on September 30, 1981 in Dublin to a rather well-to-do family. Her father was a great politician, who was a minister in the Irish government many times, until he became Taoiseach from 1997 until May 2008 when he resigned following a bribery scandal.
Meanwhile, Cecelia discovers the joys of literature, and turns to studies in journalism and communication at Griffith College in Dublin. Brilliant, she quickly graduates and tries to make a place for herself in this closed environment.
She began writing her first novel at the age of 21: P.S. I Love You, a novel about a couple whose Irish-American husband dies of a brain tumour. His wife, now a widow, lives in seclusion in her grief, but a few weeks later receives posthumous letters from her husband to help her regain a taste for life.
The success of this first novel is then phenomenal: his book is at the top of sales during 19 weeks in Ireland, and all the rest of Europe and the United States are tearing off this little literary jewel. To such an extent that she was contacted in 2007 to give the rights to adapt the novel into a film, with Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler to make a film of the same name: P.S. I Love You.
Following this first success, Cecilia Ahern went on to write several short stories, and a second novel called “Where Rainbows End” (Life is a Rainbow). Once again, the book was a success and won the German CORINE prize.
Two other successful novels later, Cecilia Ahern took a parallel interest in writing to the world of music and television. She co-produced the American series Samantha Who, and made brief musical appearances since 2000 when she appeared at the Eurovision Song Contest in the pop group “Shimma”.