New Derry Girls book ‘Erin’s Diary’ out now

A new book which extends the humour of Derry Girls from the screen to the page has been launched.

Friday, 13th November 2020, 10:15 am
l-r: James Maguire (Dylan Llewellyn), Erin Quinn (Saoirse Jackson), Michelle Mallon (Jamie-Lee O'Donnell), Clare Devlin (NIcola Coughlan), Orla McCool (Louisa Harland)

‘Erin’s Diary,’ written by the original Derry Girl and creator and writer of the hit TV show Lisa McGee, will delve into the main character’s take on all the events that have happened in the last two series.

Derry Girls, which was first broadcast in January 2018, became the biggest television series in the North since records began. It has dazzled global audiences, won numerous awards and was Channel 4’s biggest UK comedy launch since 2004. Set in 1990s Derry, it has been widely hailed as a one-of-a-kind comedy.

The book describes how the gang are growing up in a time of armed police in armoured Land Rovers and British Army check points. But it’s also the time of Murder She Wrote, The Cranberries, Salt-N-Pepa, Doc Martens and The X Files.

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While The Troubles may hang over her hometown, Erin’s musings show she has troubles of her own, like the fact that the boy she’s in love with doesn’t know she exists. Or that her Ma and Aunt Sarah make her include her weirdo cousin Orla in everything she does. Or that head teacher Sister Michael refuses to acknowledge her as a literary genius. And that Erin hasn’t yet had her first kiss.

The show has been described by the Guardian as ‘daft, profane and absolutely brilliant’, by the New Statesman as ‘pitch-perfect’ and by i-D as ‘the greatest show on British (and Irish) TV’.

Erin’s Diary is the first official tie-in and will delve deeper into the events we have seen unfold on the screen.

The book will also unveil brand new stories and never-before-revealed details about characters.

It is complete with newspaper clippings, with mock ups of ‘Journal’ front pages depicting some iconic moments of the first two series. These include the weeping Mary statue and the polar bear on the loose preventing the girls getting to their ‘This and That’ concert.

There are also doodles, poetry, school reports and handwritten notes from Erin’s friends.

The book is bound to be a must for fans this Christmas while they patiently await the third series.