Dervla McTiernan
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Dervla McTiernan

Dervla McTiernan's debut novel, The Ruin, was a critically acclaimed international bestseller published around the world. The Ruin won the Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction, the Davitt Award for Best Adult Fiction and the Barry Award for Best Original Paperback, and was shortlisted for numerous other awards. It was on the Amazon US Best Book of the Year list in 2018 and screen rights were snapped up by Hopscotch Features. Dervla's second book, The Scholar, debuted into the Nielsen Bookscan Top 5 on release in 2019, and her third, The Good Turn, went straight to no.1, confirming her place as one of Australia's best crime writers. Born in County Cork, Ireland, to a family of seven, Dervla practised as a corporate lawyer for twelve years. Following the global financial crisis, she moved with her family to Western Australia, where she now lives with her husband and two children. An avid fan of crime and detective novels from childhood, Dervla now writes full time.

Books by Dervla McTiernan

Dervla McTiernan Articles

Live Book Event: Dervla McTiernan, Bestselling Author of The Murder Rule

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30 May 2022

Live Book Event: Dervla McTiernan, Bestselling Author of The Murder Rule

    Unmissable Legal Thriller: Read Our Review of The Murder Rule by Dervla McTiernan

    Review | Our Review

    24 May 2022

    Unmissable Legal Thriller: Read Our Review of The Murder Rule by Dervla McTiernan

      Your Preview Verdict: The Murder Rule by Dervla McTiernan

      Review | Preview

      24 May 2022

      Your Preview Verdict: The Murder Rule by Dervla McTiernan

        Live Book Event: T.J. Newman in Conversation with Dervla McTiernan

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        2 June 2021

        Live Book Event: T.J. Newman in Conversation with Dervla McTiernan

          Do You Dream of Writing a Book? Watch Dervla's Writing Studio

          News | Events & Festivals

          29 June 2020

          Do You Dream of Writing a Book? Watch Dervla's Writing Studio

            Dervla McTiernan’s Writing Studio - Fridays, 12pm, June 5 - 26

            News | Events & Festivals

            28 May 2020

            Dervla McTiernan’s Writing Studio - Fridays, 12pm, June 5 - 26

              Try Before You Buy: Dervla McTiernan's Fabulous New Novel, The Good Turn

              Review | Extract

              2 March 2020

              Try Before You Buy: Dervla McTiernan's Fabulous New Novel, The Good Turn

                I’m Influenced by Creative People: The Good Turn Author on What Inspires Her

                Review | Author Related

                27 February 2020

                I’m Influenced by Creative People: The Good Turn Author on What Inspires Her

                  Dervla McTiernan Proves she's Here to Stay with The Good Turn

                  Review | Our Review

                  25 February 2020

                  Dervla McTiernan Proves she's Here to Stay with The Good Turn

                    Mother’s Day Book Recommendations: From Sweeping Historical Sagas to Creepy Psychological Thrillers

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                    8 May 2019

                    Mother’s Day Book Recommendations: From Sweeping Historical Sagas to Creepy Psychological Thrillers