The launch of The Game Changer by local writer, Louise Phillips was a jam-packed affair, with readers spilling out onto the street in the Gutter Bookshop in Temple Bar. Irish author Eoin McNamee, who launched the novel, praised Louise, whom he described as being at the forefront of a new wave of Irish crime writers.
Unsurprisingly, it hit the Irish Best Sellers list on the first week, and within a couple of days of release, The Game Changer went straight to the number one spot at Dublin Airport. It has received fantastic reviews, including one from the San Diego Book Review, who described The Game Changer as “Absolute top drawer crime writing by Ireland’s finest crime writer.”
The Irish Independent also referred to Louise as “one of Ireland’s best crime writers”, saying her latest novel was arguably her most ambitious yet: “first class crime writing, by an author who can really write.” But they were not alone, as Woman’s Way chose it as their ‘Book of the Week’, giving another fantastic review, calling it “one of the best books of the year.”
Speaking to RTÉ Radio 1 Arena programme, Louise shared some of her thoughts about her latest bestseller. For her, the reader is number one, which was why she was privileged to hold a memorable book club event, including book clubs from Tallaght, in the historic Oak Room of the Mansion House. The room was built in 1715, and as the name suggests, is panelled entirely in oak, most of which is original.
Being a native of Dublin, it meant an enormous amount to Louise be able to do a reading at one of Dublin’s well-known landmarks. Gift bags for readers created a great buzz on the night, which were made up of books, and other smaller items, including pens and keyrings from local publishers, EMU INK, and essential oils from Caroline Jackman of ‘Honest About Health’.
Again, this event was full to capacity, and Louise spoke emotionally about her writing journey, and how it all began eight years ago, when she attended her first creative writing class in Old Bawn in Tallaght.
Louise Phillips lives in Bohernabreena, and is the author of four psychological crime thrillers based in Ireland. Her debut novel Red Ribbons was nominated for the Best Irish Crime Novel of the Year 2012, and her second novel, The Dolls House, won the award in 2013. Last Kiss, her third novel was also shortlisted.
Louise’s work has formed part of many literary anthologies, and she has won both the Jonathan Swift Award and the Irish Writers’ Centre Lonely Voice platform, along with being shortlisted for the Molly Keane Memorial Award, Bridport UK, and many others. In 2015, she was awarded a writing residency at Cill Rialaig Artist retreat in Kerry, and she was also a judge on the Irish panel for the EU Literary Award. Her current novel, The Game Changer, is out now.
Photographs by Jennifer Phillips