Dervla McTiernan
About the author

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

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

            News

            8 May 2019

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

              ABIA Shortlist 2019: Stellar Debuts

              News

              24 April 2019

              ABIA Shortlist 2019: Stellar Debuts

                5 Author Podcasts, Perfect for an Easter Road Trip

                News

                18 April 2019

                5 Author Podcasts, Perfect for an Easter Road Trip

                  Exciting News For Dervla McTiernan Fans: HarperCollins Publishers acquires three new books

                  News

                  16 April 2019

                  Exciting News For Dervla McTiernan Fans: HarperCollins Publishers acquires three new books

                    Podcast: Crime Writing’s Rising Star with Dervla McTiernan

                    Podcast

                    12 March 2019

                    Podcast: Crime Writing’s Rising Star with Dervla McTiernan