About Carmel


International bestseller Carmel Harrington writes issue-driven popular fiction. From Co. Wexford, she lives in a small village with her husband Roger, two children Amelia and Nate, and their rescue dog, George Bailey.

Her uplifting and inspiring books, all regular chart-toppers, have captured the hearts of readers worldwide and are translated into eight languages to date, in eleven territories. Published by Harper Collins, her books have been described by the Daily Mail as ‘beautifully written, emotionally intelligent and moving in the extreme.’ 

Her much anticipated eighth novel, My Pear-Shaped Life will be published in Ireland, UK, Australia, New Zealand and US in April 2020. Previous novels include the Irish Times and number one Amazon bestseller, A Thousand Roads Home, The Woman at 72 Derry Lane which remained in the Irish bestseller charts for 12 weeks and the official ITV novel and UK Top 20 bestseller Cold Feet The Lost Years. Carmel was shortlisted for an Irish Book Award in 2016 & 2017 and won both the Kindle Book of the Year and Romantic eBook of the Year in 2013.

Carmel is also a popular TV and radio personality. She is a regular panellist on Virgin Media’s Elaine Show. In addition, she has appeared on TV in America, the United Kingdom and Ireland. These include WNDU-TV’s The Breakfast Show, BBC’s The Arts Show, RTE’s The Today Show and Virgin Media’s IrelandAM, The Six O’Clock Show and The Morning Show. She has been interviewed many times on the radio on shows that include BBC Radio Ulster, Newstalk with Pat Kenny and RTE’s Ryan Tubridy Show.

If that wasn’t enough to make the juggle struggle real, she is a co-founder of The Inspiration Project, a coaching writing retreat and was Chair of Wexford Literary Festival from 2015-2018.

Carmel’s warmth and infectious humour make her a popular speaker in schools, libraries and festivals and she has given talks throughout Ireland, UK and US. Before writing, she was a Sales and Marketing Manager for an American multi-national and if she ever stops writing, she has notions of becoming a Broadway star. Sadly talent does not always match ambition! Her favourite place to plot new stories is walking on Curracloe Beach. So if you spot her talking to herself, be reassured that she’s likely lost in a new world, making friends with new characters. A self-confessed wearer-of-heart-on-her-sleeve, she smiles a lot, because life is good. She knowingly overuses the word lovely. Speaking of which, when she writes, she calls it chasing the lovely. A few of her favourite things include rainbows, all things Oz, Tayto, good coffee, lemon drizzle cake, gin and books. Always Books.

Carmel loves hearing from readers, so please feel free to connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, @HappyMrsH. You can sign up for Carmel’s newsletter on her website  www.carmelharrington.com or join The Carmel Harrington Reading Room on Facebook, where readers discuss their favourite reads and take part in bookish challenges.

Carmel is represented by Rowan Lawton of The Soho Agency, London.

Want to meet Carmel? Then check out details of her upcoming events here.

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