Hollywood Snaps Up Cecelia Ahern Books
By Frank Shouldice Contributor
August / September 2006
Hilary Swank has been cast to star in the film adaptation of Cecelia Ahern’s hit novel PS, I Love You. The two-time Oscar-winning actress will play a young Irish widow recovering from her husband’s sudden death. Richard LaGravenese will direct the movie, which will be produced by Warner Brothers.
Hollywood’s interest marks a further leap in Cecelia Ahern’s remarkable suc- cess. The younger daughter of Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, her debut novel, written when she was 21, became a best seller in Ireland and Britain. Film rights to her third novel If You Could See Me Now were bought by the W alt Disney Company who plan to develop it as a musical starring Aussie Tony Award-winner Hugh Jackman. The journalism and media communications graduate has won several awards for her books, including the British Book A wards Best Newcomer 2004/5 for PS, I Love You, and the 2005 Corine Award in 2005 for her second novel Where Rainbows End. ♦