‘It’s beyond what I had dreamed of’

Derry author Brian McGilloway
Derry author Brian McGilloway

When Derry schoolteacher Brian McGilloway decided to turn his hand to writing he never dreamed that he would one day be able to announce one of his books was resting comfortably in the New York Times bestseller list.

But seven years after his debut novel, Borderlands, was publishing Brian McGilloway’s novel ‘Little Girl Lost’ has spent three weeks in the most prestigious book chart in world - outselling John Grisham and Lee Child.

“I can’t say it’s a dream come true because it’s beyond anything I ever dreamed of.

“Any author just wants to be read - and hopes maybe to sell internationally. But to hit the New York Times bestseller list? I would never have thought that would happen.”

The book at the centre of the selling frenzy is ‘Little Girl Lost’ - the first of the DS Lucy Black series of novels- and the first of the books McGilloway set in his native Derry.

It tells the story of a young girl, found wandering in Prehen Woods. She is covered in blood which is not her own and it is up to DS Lucy Black to get to the bottom of the mystery.

“I’m particularly proud of this book,” McGilloway, who has written a total of seven novels, said “because it was the first one set in Derry and in particular in Prehen - where I grew up. It’s set around the woods and the quarry - places that were very much central to my childhood.”

And while the novel has a very Derry setting, it has not stopped it selling internationally. McGilloway is published in 12 countries. Little Girl Lost sold in excess of 300,000 copies on Kindle in the UK last year alone - and having only been released stateside in February, it looks as though it could mirror that success in the US this year.

McGilloway continues to work on writing. The second of tyhe ‘Lucy’ books ‘Hurt’ will be released in the US, with the new title of ‘Someone You know’ in May and he is putting the finishing touches to the third book in the series which will be released by C&R Crime in the UK.