Derry author is Amazon’s number one bestseller

Brian McGilloway
Brian McGilloway

Local crime writer Brian McGilloway has tipped the top of the Amazon bestsellers list this week with the ebook version of his Derry based novel ‘Little Girl Lost’.

McGilloway got word that ‘Little Girl Lost’, which was published in 2011 by publishing giants Panmacmillan, had topped Amazon’s Kindle Charts on Tuesday evening and said the achievement was “a real confidence boost” for his writing.

“I have just finished the second book featuring DS Lucy Black, which follows on from this one, so the timing was a perfect boost,” he said.

A teacher at St. Columb’s College. McGilloway has penned six novels which have been received with great enthusiasm by reviewers and his industry peers alike.

He is best known for his Inspector Devlin series of novels, all based in and around the border and Lifford.

‘Little Girl Lost’ - the fifth of his six novels - was the first he set in Derry and opens when a child is found wandering in Prehen Woods, her hands covered in blood that is not her own. It was his first foray away from Devlin and into the sometimes murky history of his city.

McGilloway said he had been watching the book creep up the Amazon charts over the last number of weeks but could not believe it when it took the top spot on Tuesday.

“I like to think that perhaps people are starting to recognise my name now - and that helps.

“The knock on effect is that people are also now looking again at my other novels and they too are getting a boost.”

At the time of going to press, ‘Little Girl Lost’ had received more than 220 reviews on the bookselling site with the vast majority describing the novel as “unputdownable”.

While editing his seventh novel and revelling in his new found success, McGilloway has also been working with schoolchildren from around the city as part of a City of Culture tie in project ‘The Soundtrack to Our Lives’.

He said he has been “bowled over” by the talent within the city. “Exciting times are ahead.”