Tana French's Dublin Murder Squad Series to be Adapted for BBC One
Tana French's Dublin Murder Squad series is being adapted for television, to be aired on BBC One.
The first two books, In the Woods and The Likeness, both New York Times Bestsellers, are being reimagined for the screen by Sarah Phelps who has recently adapted several Agatha Christie books for the BBC.
Tana is taking a backseat on the production of the series, telling BookBrunch "I'm not involved in the TV production at all. I'm not a screenwriter, and I figure the best thing is to leave it to the professionals. There are some great people involved."
Production on the series starts next year and the BBC has promised to deliver "a contemporary world of psychological mystery and darkness with a tap root that is sunk deep in Ireland's past."
The Trespasser Wins Best Novel
Tana French's 6th novel The Trespasser has won The Strand Magazine's Critic Award for Best Novel in the US.
Tana was up against author's such as Michael Connelly and Val McDermid for the coveted award.
Tana's The Trespasser is out in paperback in the UK now and is in the Richard and Judy Book club.
Janet Maslin selects The Trespasser as one of her Top Ten
Janet Maslin, New York Times literary critic, has selected Tana French's The Trespasser as one of her Top Ten books of the year!
The Trespasser went straight to No 2 in the US on the New York Times Bestseller List. A personal best for Tana.
You can read the full article on the New York Times website or by clicking here.
The Trespasser is a Best Book
Tana French's brilliant and bestselling book The Trespasser has been selected in the Amazon's Editors Picks as one of the Top 20 Best Books of 2016.
The Trespasser is listed alongside the likes of Zadie Smith and Jodi Picoult.
Fischer success with French
Last week, during the Frankfurt Book Fair, Mary and Emma were able to visit the beautiful Fischer offices to celebrate the huge success of The Secret Place (Geheimer Ort) in Germany.
Tana French's fifth novel, hit the top spot in Germany's Spiegel Bestseller List on its release in January. Fischer's translation then held on to the No.1 position for two weeks and remained in the top 20 for an impressive 17 weeks.
The paperback of Geheimer Ort was published yesterday (22nd October).
Triple Tana for TV
Tana French’s award winning literary crime novels In The Woods, The Likeness and Faithful Place are now under option to Euston Films.
The books, which have sold between them nearly 4 million copies internationally, have been both a commercial and critical success.
Set in Dublin, each novel follows a different case within the same fictional world: In The Woods centres on a pair of detectives investigating the murder of a 12-year-old girl; The Likeness is about a young female detective who goes undercover to solve a murder in an elite college town; and Faithful Place advances a supporting character from The Likeness to center stage as a detective discovering dark secrets from his past.
Kate Harwood (Luther, Criminal Justice) is the former head of BBC Drama Production and is now Managing Director of Euston, a prestige label that had gone dormant and was relaunched in 2014 as part of FremantleMedia UK. Euston’s LA based partners on this adaptation are Alan Gasmer (Vikings, Freud) and Peter Jaysen (FIRED UP) of Veritas Entertainment.
Sensational Achievement by Tana French in Germany
The inimitable Tana French has hit the No.1 spot in Germany with The Secret Place for two weeks in a row!
She is the first fiction author at the agency to achieve this remarkable position. It is also Tana's first No.1 position so far!
This comes on the heels of her spectacular sales in America which pushed her to No.4 on the New York Times list.
German reviews for The Secret Place:
'Tana French is a unique voice of crime literature. She won't let her work be limited by the genre's boundaries.' Frankfurter Rundschau
'The novels of Irish writer Tana French are works of wonder.' Cosmopolitan
'Ingenious mix of suspense, sophisticated psychology and girls' intrigues' Fur Sie
'It is very seldom to find criminal literature engraved with such poetry and beauty' Booksection.de
'A thrilling, subtle story about the dark and light sides of friendship.'Radio Bayern 3
To me, Tana French is like an Irish Shakespeare of the contemporary crime-novel: all our beauty and potential, all our drama and darkness wrapped into characters who are so like you and me and yet victims, murderers and investigators, from the heart of Irish society – and all that in a luminous and precise language.
It has been an honour to work for this outstanding writer and wonderful, warm person – and a joy to see her being recognized by readers in Germany and all over the world.
Susanne Halbleib, Tana's German editor at Fischer.
The Secret Place is a Washington Post Best Thriller of 2014
The Secret Place by the inimitable Tana French has been listed as one of The Washington Post's five best thrillers of 2014. Congratulations, Tana!
"French lures readers into the toxic stew of hormones and homicidal rivalries roiling within the hermetically sealed world of teenagers at the school. French, who won an Edgar Award for “In the Woods” (2007), is a poet of mood and a master builder of plots. Here she provides an exquisitely sensitive look at the mean-girl world: the mocking stares, the whisper campaigns, the machinations of cliques. By story’s end, she simultaneously makes you wistful for the galloping intensity of lost adolescence and grateful to have left it with mind and body intact." — Maureen Corrigan, The Washington Post
"Riveting", "Exquisitely Crafted", "Utterly Absorbing" - Reviews for The Secret Place
Tana French's The Secret Place has made Thriller of the Week in The Mail on Sunday. They say - 'French is one of the most consistently exciting crime novelists working today. The Secret Place may be her most ambitious book yet... completely riveting. French offers a chilling portrait of the ways in which teenage friendships can over-rule any conventional morality.'
'Getting lots of new Gone Girl Buzz' Grazia
'French's pitch perfect prose nails teenage lives with uncanny precision and the result is that rare beast, a literary page-turner.' Sunday Express
'Unmissable Mystery...Exquisitely crafted and utterly absorbing. Read it!' Heat
'Prepare to be hooked by one of the stand-out books of the year' Fabulous
'Expect fine characterisation, good writing and some clever red herrings.' Choice: Book of the Month
The Secret Place Causes A Stir...
The Secret Place by the fantastic, inimitable Tana French has already received superb reviews despite not being released until the 28th August in hardback.
'mesmirizing...French stealthily spins a web of teenage secrets with a very adult crime at the center.' Publishers Weekly
'a mystery master...(Tana) has few peers in her combination of literary stylishness and intricate, clockwork plotting... (she) leaves the reader in suspense through out the novel' Kirkus Reviews
BROKEN HARBOUR is No. 3 Bestseller in Ireland!
We are delighted to announce that Tana French's Broken Harbour has stormed into the Irish book charts at No. 3. Congratulations Tana!
With less than 100 copies between her and the No. 1 spot, Tana's Broken Harbour is nearly the most bought book in the country this week, and this includes all categories - non-fiction, childrens, hardback and paperback.
"Broken Harbour her fourth, proves anew that she is one of the most talented crime writers alive." The Washington Post
Rave Reviews For Broken Harbour
Broken Harbour is still receiving fantastic reviews on both sides of the Atlantic.
Here's a glimpse of some of the great review coverage and praise from the past week....
"Ms. French created haunting, damaged characters who have been hit hard by some cataclysm...Like Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl this summer's other dagger-sharp display of mind games, Broken Harbour is something more. It's true that Ms. French takes readers on the all familiar way stations of a murder investigation: the economic underpinnings of the Spain family murders. And she has irresistibly sly ways of toying with readers' expectations." Janet Maslin's NY Times daily review
"Broken Harbour her fourth, proves anew that she is one of the most talented crime writers alive." The Washington Post
"She's drawn not just to the who but also to the why-those bigger mysteries about the human weaknesses that drive somebody to such inhuman brutality. What really gives Broken Harbour its nerve-rattling force is her exploration of events leading up to the murders, rendered just as vividly as the detectives' scramble to solve them." Entertainment Weekly
"Broken Harbour is truly a book for, and of, our broken times. It's literature masquerading as a police procedural." Cleveland Plain-Dealer
"These four novels have insated Ms. French as one of crime fiction's reigning grand dames-a Celtic tigress." Washington Times
Faithful Place Is A Bestseller
Faithful Place moves to No.6 in bestseller list!
Last week the German mass market edition of Faithful Place, Tana Frenchs third compelling psychological mystery, entered the Spiegel Bestseller Mass Market list at No.10.
This week, Faithful Place has moved up four places and is at No.6! Congratulations Tana!
Faithful Place by Tana French has been shortlisted for the L. A. Times Book Prize.
Faithful Place is one of five finalists for the Mystery/Thriller Prize. The winner will be announced on the 29th April at the L. A. Times Book Festival.
One of Tanas competitors for the prize is Stuart Neville, who won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in the same category in 2009.
***Bestseller*** Germans keep the faith
The extremely talented bestselling author, Tana French, is dominating the German Bestsellers List, featuring on both the Hardback and Paperback Lists.
Tana’s second book, The Likeness, which spent 14 weeks on the New York Times Bestsellers List, is No.2 in the German Paperback Bestseller List.
After a superb week of sales saw The Likeness shoot from No.10 in the German PB list up to No.3, then onwards and upwards to No.2.
On top of this wonderful news, since its publication, the strong sales of Tana's compelling psychological mystery Faithful Place, has guaranteed its place in the HB Bestsellers List.
This is a superb achievement for Tana and a first for the Agency in terms of Fiction sales in Germany.
Tana has been receiving thrilling praise throughout Germany for her gripping mystery books:
“Tana French is addictive” Cosmopolitan, Germany
“With her third novel Tana French gets even better once again.” SonntagsZeitung
“A dark, gloomy family and crime novel” Cultural Highlight of the month, Elle, Germany
“Tana French writes in a way that you just cannot put the book down” NDR Info
Darley Anderson, working with his long time LA Associate Talent Agent, Steve Fisher, has sold the film option to Tana Frenchs International bestselling books The Likeness and In the Woods.
Rights have been bought by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage Fake Empire Production Company, which has a deal with Paramount. They were executive producers on the popular hit US TV shows The OC and Gossip Girl. Fake Empire currently have several feature films and television programme's in development.
Both Books have been The New York Times and The Sunday Times Bestselling Hits and a mega seller in Germany.
Between them they have spent 70 weeks on the The New York Times bestseller list and have been translated into 31 foreign languages.
***bestseller*** French's Faithful Fans
Faithful Place remained strong on The New York Times Bestsellers list for another week.
Tana French's latest hit went straight in at the No.8 position and after three weeks has worked its way up to No.19.
Not only has Faithful Place been doing extremely well on The New York Times Bestseller list, but has also been making an appearance on many other Bestseller lists across the US. Picking up fantastic praise along the way.
No.8 on the Indie Hardback Bestseller List (originally at #1 July Indie Next List Great Read)
No.3 on the Boston Globe Hardcover Bestseller list
No.8 on the Denver Post National Bestseller list
No.17 on the Los Angeles Times Hardcover Bestsellers list
No.18 on the Publishers Weekly Hardcover Bestsellers list (originally went at No.9 where it stayed for two weeks)
'French's emotionally searing third novel of the Dublin murder squad (after The Likeness) shows the Irish author getting better with each book' Publishers Weekly
'The mesmerising new novel by bestselling author of The Likeness' The Indie List
Her (Tana French) name should be writ large on every mystery lover's must-read list. Her first novel, "In the Woods," swept up the Edgar, Barry, Macavity and Anthony awards. "Faithful Place" is the third installment in her ongoing saga about the Dublin Murder Squad, and it's breathtaking -- an elaborately twisted ballad of class resentments, family burdens, regret and passion. The Washington Post
In The Woods: Us Pick Of The Decade
Recently, the editors of Amazon US were given the exciting challenge to pick ten books that they felt best represented the past ten years. Tana French's debut novel, In the Woods(2007), was picked as being one of the Top Ten best reads of the 'Noughties'. The psychological thriller was described as being 'among the first we reread when we want to remember what the decade was like'.
Also chosen was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling.
Tatler Woman Of The Year Nomination
Tana French has been shortlisted for the Irish Tatler Woman of the Year Award - in the Literature category.
The aim of the Irish Tatler Women of the Year Awards is
to both recognise and reward some of Ireland’s most influential
and successful women. These prestigious awards seek to showcase
women of high achievement whose successes have gained them public praise
along with those who often work tirelessly to improve the life of others.
The judging panel is made up of renowned and leading Irish
women many of whom are past winners including Moya Doherty, Adi Roch,
Caroline Downey Desmond, Tina Roche, Deirdre Purcell, Mary Davis, Carmel
Breheny, Gina Quinn and Elaine Prenderville.
Tana's debut novel In The Woods was a transatlantic bestseller and winner of five literary awards in the US.
True Irish Talent
Darley Anderson is well known for discovering and championing a stellar list of international bestselling Irish crime and thriller writers notably John Connolly, Alex Barclay and Tana French as well as Irish bestseller Paul Carson and German bestseller Pat Dunne.
Equally Anderson has from day one championed the talent and huge commercial potential of Kilkenny born, Dublin based, romantic comedy novelist Clare Dowling.
Clare is already a No1 Irish bestseller and Anderson believes she's now poised to achieve massive sales growth in the UK and overseas.
November 2009 will see Headline Books launch her sixth novel Just The Three Of Us in both A and B format paperbacks.
Many now share Anderson's enthusiasm for Clare Dowling:
Marian Keyes: "Commercial fiction at its most entertaining."
Cathy Kelly: "Very funny and original."
RTE: "What sets this apart is the quality of the writing. It is great fun, a great read."
Irish Tatler: "Sparkling and witty - a great beach read."
The Bookseller: "For Sheila O'Flanagan and Cathy Kelly fans - a warm, poignant, Irish read."
The Sunday Tribune: "Dowling has an adept touch for light and warm-hearted women's fiction. She has a likeable tone and warm, funny characters, and is similar in style to Marian Keyes. Wonderfully entertaining."
Clare Dowling's previous novels are: Amazing Grace, Expecting Emily, No Strings Attached, My Fabulous Divorce and Going It Alone.
The outstanding New York Times bestselling 6th Novel by Tana French is out in the US in paperback today.
The Trespasser Continues to Thrill in the US
Tana French's The Trespasser is a continuing hit on the US Indie List.
It is ending the year on the US Indie's Bestseller List.
A wonderful achievement.
Tana French, the Financial Times and Best Crime Books of 2016
Tana French, the bestselling crime novelist, has done a fascinating interview with the Financial Times on Dublin, murder and why the two inspire her to write her fantastic books.
Watch via the link below:
Tana's 6th novel, The Trespasser, which went to No 2 on the New York Times Bestseller List, has also been listed as one of the best crime books of 2016 by The Guardian and the Daily Mail!
BGE Irish Book Award Nominations
We are absolutely thrilled to announce that three of our authors are nominated for a BGE Irish Book Award 2016!
The incomparable Tana French is nominated for the Crime Fiction Book of the Year for the No.2 New York Times bestseller The Trespasser.
Two of our Children's authors are up for the Senior Children's Book of the Year. Dave Rudden for the outstanding Knights of the Borrowed Dark and Deirdre Sullivan for the powerful and poetic Needlework.
Winners will be announced on 16th November.
The Secret Place is out now in paperback!
The No.1 German bestselling and No.4 New York Times bestselling novel, The Secret Place, by the inimitable Tana French is out to buy in paperback now.
Enter The Secret Place - where the darkest of crimes is about to come to light...
I KNOW WHO KILLED HIM. DO YOU?
'It's TERRIFIC - terrifying, amazing and the prose is incandescent.' Stephen King
'There are some things we bet on. Leaves will change colour. And Ms. French's next one will be good.' Janet Maslin (The New York Times)
Tana French tops 100,000 copies!
We are thrilled to report more exciting news on Tana French.
Since its release in Germany in December, The Secret Place has spent a fantastic two weeks at No.1 and a further two weeks at No.2 with the sales of the trade paperback edition exceeding a phenomenal 100,000 copies!
Well done, Tana!
The Secret Place takes top spot in Germany
The Secret Place (published as Geheimer Ort by Fischer Verlag) by Tana French has topped the German KulturSpiegel Trade Paperback list and is the No.1 bestselling title this week. Huge congratulations, Tana!
The Secret Place reached No.4 on the New York Times hardback bestseller list on its release in August 2014 and No.16 on the UK Sunday Times hardback bestseller list. For more information you can visit Tana's author page.
The Secret Place is the New Secret History
In the week that Tana French débuts on the New York Times Hardback Bestseller List with The Secret Place the London Sunday Times hails the novel:
'The Secret Place is at least as good as Donna Tartt's The Secret History and every bit as well written' and praises 'French's scintillating dialogue, meanwhile, captures how teenagers talk now as as expertly as any young-adult novel, and she sustains suspense flawlessly.'
The Secret Place is out NOW!
I KNOW WHO KILLED HIM. DO YOU?
The powerful new novel, The Secret Place, by New York Times and Sunday Times award-winning bestselling author Tana French is out now!
"An absolutely mesmerizing read...Tana French is...simply this: A TRULY GREAT WRITER." Gillian Flynn (author of Gone Girl)
"It's TERRIFIC - terrifying, amazing and the prose is incandescent." Stephen King
"There are some things we bet on. Leaves will change colour. And Ms. French's next one will be good." Janet Maslin (The New York Times)
Enter The Secret Place - where the darkest of crimes is about to come to light...
Bestselling Broken Harbour Wins LA Times Book Prize!
Tana French's Broken Harbour has won the LA Times Book Prize in the Mystery/Thriller category! Congratulations Tana!
As well as winning the LA Times Book Prize (which honours the best books of 2012) Broken Harbour has received rave reviews.
"Haunting...like Gillian Flynn's GONE GIRL, (another) dagger-sharp display of mind games. Broken Harbour is something more." Janet Maslin, The New York Times.
"One of the most talented crime writers alive." The Washington Post.
"Every bit as piercingly brilliant as its predecessors...sit back and savor the poetry." Chicago Tribune.
"Broken Harbour is truly a book for, and of, our broken times. It's literature masquerading as a police procedural." The Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Nothing rattles Detective "Scorcher" Kennedy. Except his own childhood memories echoed at the murder scene of his biggest case yet.......
TANA WINS THE BEST CRIME NOVEL AWARD IN FRANCE
FAITHFUL PLACE (LES LIEUX INFIDÈLES) has won the Prix du Meilleur Polar des lecteurs de Points, the Best Crime Award in France. The jury includes forty readers and twenty booksellers and reviewers. Tana French says, ‘This is wonderful. I’m over the moon.’
FAITHFUL PLACE was also shortlisted for the Edgar Award for Best Novel and has been translated into 20 languages.
The course of Frank Mackey's life was set by one defining moment when he was nineteen. The moment his girlfriend, Rosie Daly, failed to turn up for their rendezvous in Faithful Place, failed to run away with him to London as they had planned. Frank never heard from her again. Twenty years on, Frank is still in Dublin, working as an undercover cop. He's cut all ties with his dysfunctional family. Until his sister calls to say that Rosie's suitcase has been found. Frank embarks on a journey into his past that demands he reevaluate everything he believes to be true.
Joy In Germany For Tana French
BROKEN HARBOUR has now reached the Spiegel hardback bestseller list Top Ten and this week is at No.9.
FAITHFUL PLACE is at No.11 on the Spiegel mass market bestseller list this week Tanas 8th week on the list!
In Broken Harbour, a ghost estate outside Dublin - half-built, half-inhabited, half-abandoned - two children and their father are dead.
"Tana French delivers a thought provoking tale...at the same time is a page turner in the best tradition that kept me
awake deep into the night."
"Gradually, an emotionally jolting story of love, obsession and madness is played out to incredible effect. French has garnered a huge legion of fans since her first novel, In The Woods, was larded with awards in 2007, and they will be thrilled with this, her fourth and possibly best novel."
Faithful Place by Tana French has been nominated for a prestigious Edgar Award.
Faithful Place is one of five books shortlisted books for the 'Best Novel' Award.
Each spring, Mystery Writers of America present the Edgar Awards. This year marks the 65th anniversary of the Gala Banquet. The Awards celebrate the very best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television published or produced in 2010
The Edgar Awards are the widely acknowledged to be the most prestigious awards in the genre. Tana won the Edgar Award for 'Best First Novel' with her first book In the Woods.
Winners will be announced on 28th April 2011. Click here for more information.
***Bestseller*** triple hit
Germany can’t get enough of Tana French with all three of her books featuring on their Bestseller Lists.
The Likeness is holding it’s own at No.3 on the Mass Market list, where it has spent four weeks since is publication. Tana’s first novel, In the Woods, published in Germany back in 2008, has just reappeared in the extended list. And Faithful Place, Tana’s most recent book, is at no.21 on the hardback list.
Click here to read more about Tana’s books.
Tana French is certainly a US favourite amongst her faithful fans.
Amazon.com have named Faithful Place by Tana French No.1 on their Crime and Thrillers Top Ten List!
Faithful Place is also No.2 in the overall Editors Picks 2010 on Amazon.com and is in the Top 100 2010 in Publishers Weekly.
A Real Page Turner
Tana French's New York Times Bestseller Faithful Place went straight into the UK Hardback Bestsellers list last week.
Since it's publication on August 19th Faithful Place has been receiving excellent reviews and huge amounts of praise. And has been named THRILLER OF THE MONTH by The Observer.
'A gripping read' The Sun
'This is not your typical crime thriller, and it’s not meant to be a rip-roaring page-turner. But SAVOUR IT LIKE A GUINNESS and you can’t help enjoy the ride’ 4*s' News of the World
'Mesmerising and impressively written, you won’t put this fab thriller down’ Closer magazine
'A real page turner' Star Magazine
Darkness, tragedy and danger creep and crawl through this novel... ONE OF THE BEST THRILLERS SO FAR THIS YEAR... Frenchs skills as a storyteller that makes Faithful Place stand out, along with her best creation yet. Observer
***award Nomination*** SHORTLIST FOR IRISH BOOK AWARDS
Two Darley Anderson Authors, John Connolly and Tana French have been included on the shortlist for this years Irish Book Awards. Both authors are down to the final 50 for the title of 'Book of the Decade'.
The nominated books are: John Connolly's The Lovers and
Tana French's In the Woods
To place you vote click here. The winner will be announced at the end of May.
***bestseller*** French Is A German Hit
"Totengleich" ("The Likeness") climbed from No. 3 to No. 2 on the influential "Crime World Bestlist".
"Totengleich" has been on the Spiegel-bestsellerlist
(hardcover) for 8 continuous weeks now; 33.000 copies have been sold
with bookshops requesting more every day.
"'Totengleich', is full of fatal twists and rich in high-volt-suspense – refined by a smart plot that pushes individual guilt into excess and the main characters into frenzy. ... Tana French is a virtuoso of unsettling." - Die Welt
"Audacious and convincing!" - Frankfurter Rundschau
"Beyond doubt Tana French is one of the genre's greatest talents – after 'Totengleich' one just can't wait to read a third novel starring Cassie." - NDR 1
"With her second novel the young irish author tops the great expectations raised by her debut. ... a breathtaking puzzle and a paralysing parforce-ride through worlds in-between." Bücher
"A crime novel of rare and prize-worthy quality."
"Suspense on highest literary level is Tana French's
Konigin Of Crime
French has joined the ranks of the German crime writing elite with her
first two novels.
The paperback of the Internationally bestselling In The Woods had pre-orders of 60,000 copies. Published on the same day was “Totengleich" AKA - The Likeness for which there have been outstanding reviews.
Says Berlin's leading paper - Tagesspiegel:
“This is not the first time that detective novel and detailed psychological realism meet in anglo-american literature. Authors like Minette Walters, Elizabeth George, Val McDermid and Ruth Rendell alias Barbara Vine have been setting benchmarks in this bestsellerprone subgenre and are being revered as Queens of Crime by their fans. Now the succession is secured: With her second novel at latest, Tana French, much younger than her colleagues, has claimed her seat at the Queens' table.”
More rave reviews:
“Tana French takes us into a Bronte-like word. With a skilled feeling for psychology and plot she develops a net of relationships and suspense that heightens over 800 pages into the showdown - in a lucid, delicate and poetic prose” - Buchjournal
“Breathtaking - and powerfully narrated” HÖRZU
“THE LIKENESS operates on the same high literary level as IN THE WOODS. No doubt Tana French is moving into Crime's First league” Schnüss
In The Woods - Bestseller In Taiwan!
It is official: one week on sale and IN THE WOODS has been reprinted twice, with 11,000 copies in print. It hit the Apple Daily fiction bestseller list at No.7, behind only Stephenie Meyer and Slumdog Millionaire. It also hit No.6 on the Kingstone fiction & literature list, behind only Dan Brown's ANGELS AND DEMONS, beating Meyer, Tess Gerritsen, The Reader, Jodi Picoult, and Stephen King.
Tana French is now the No.2 bestselling Darley Anderson author in Taiwan, behind only John Connolly, whose THE BOOK OF LOST THINGS has over 40,000 copies in print.