Derry solicitor’s book to launch in London

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A Derry solicitor who has been making waves in the world of crime writing will launch his debut novel Valberg in London next month alongside esteemed barrister Michael Mansfield QC.

Des Doherty also revealed this week that all proceeds from sales of the hit book at the London launch will be donated to the Stephen Lawrence trust.

Doreen Lawrence whose son Stephen was brutally murdered in a racist attack in 1993 visited Derry earlier this year.

The Valberg author said it was particularly appropriate that any profits gathered in London be given to the Lawrence trust.

“It’s definitely a great cause. My first personal meeting with Michael Mansfield - when I asked him to represent the McGuigan family at the Bloody Sunday Inquiry - was on the very day that the Stephen Lawrence report was published.

It’s always something myself and Michael have spoken about since and there was always that connection so we felt it would be appropriate to make this gesture to the Trust during the launch next month.”

It’s been a busy period for the local author and solicitor who was recently photographed with renowned crime novelist Lee Child. Des also revealed that Northern Ireland Screen are working on a screen adaptation of some of the content of the second book in the Valberg series.

He remained tightlipped about talks with directors who have expressed an interest in bringing his fictional detective to life on the big screen.

Read this Sunday’s Journal where the Valberg author talks about that photo with Lee Child, and why he’s ruling nothing out as he looks ahead to bringing out his second book.