Debut novel by UCD creative writing graduate is snapped up Viking

A graduate of UCD’s creative writing masters will have their debut novel published on both sides of the Atlantic following its sale to Viking, a publishing house under the Penguin Books group. Cork-based writer Disha Bose will see her book ‘Dirty Laundry’ released in the UK and Ireland and in the United States in early 2023.


Described as a domestic noir exploring the dark side of suburbia, the work tells the story of three women whose secrets and lies lead to one of their murders.

“I explore the complicated roles of couples today, the sometimes uncomfortable dynamics of female friendship, and our ideas of happiness,” said the author.

“Through one of my characters in particular, I wanted to examine the immigrant experience of parenthood, and what it means to raise your children in a country that isn’t your own.”

Born in India, but living in Ireland for the past six years, Bose worked in the tech industry before undertaking a masters’ degree in creative writing at University College Dublin, where she was mentored by award-winning writer Anne Enright.

Acquiring the rights to Bose’s debut book, Viking publisher Katy Loftus, who published 2020’s bestseller ‘The Thursday Murder Club’ praised the UCD graduate’s novel for “its confidence and the sheer pleasure of reading it.”