Former UCD student’s debut novel lands six-figure publishing deal

A former UCD student has secured a six-figure publishing deal for her debut novel. Disha Bose, who is represented by Marianne Gunn O’Connor — the literary super-agent behind the likes of Cecilia Ahern — has sold the rights to the novel Dirty Laundry to Viking for an undisclosed sum.


The novel details the dark side of suburbia, and tells the story of three women whose secrets and lies lead to one of their murders.

It also tackles the age-old ideas of the face we present to the world, the impossibility of who we fall in love with, and the urge to create better versions of ourselves in our children.

The 31-year-old Bose now lives in Cork, but was born and raised in India. She has lived in Kolkata, London and Dublin and has for several years worked in the tech industry. She has also completed a masters degree in creative writing at University College Dublin, where she was mentored by award-winning writer Anne Enright.

After acquiring the rights to the book, Viking publisher Katy Loftus, who published 2020’s runaway bestseller The Thursday Murder Club, was exuberant.

“Disha’s novel blew me away with its confidence and the sheer pleasure of reading it.